Britney Spears’ dad has such control over the 39-year-old pop star’s life that he even has the final say over the colored cabinets she has in his kitchen, according to a new report from his infamous tutorship.
The “Toxic” singer reportedly told her father, Jamie, that she wanted to repaint the cabinets, but he believed such renovations would be too expensive, The New York Times reported, citing recently disclosed confidential documents.
The guardianship of Spears – of which her father is a member with a financial firm – led the singer to complain to a court investigator in 2016 that she was “fed up with being exploited” and felt she was “the one who was working and making her money, but everyone around her is on her payroll, ”the report says.
That year, the pop star also informed the investigator that she wanted the guardianship to end, saying her father was “obsessed” with being in control of her life.
“She explained that she believed guardianship had become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” the court investigator wrote, adding that Spears said: “Too much control … Too much, too much! “
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Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, was made his personal curator and estate co-curator alongside lawyer Andrew Wallet in 2008 following his public split in 2007.
Wallet stepped down as property manager in October 2020 and a finance company named Bessemer Trust was put in his place. Jamie, 68, remains the co-curator of Britney’s money but not of her personal affairs, which a chartered trustee, Jodi Montgomery, temporarily began overseeing in September 2019.
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Jamie may have to separate – or give up entirely – his duties as person curator since Britney wants Montgomery, who has been described as her care manager, to take on the role for good.
There have been rumors for months that Britney was trying to push her father out of wardship following the court case of his court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, in November 2020, in which he said that the singer “Toxic” would be “afraid” of his father.
Tuesday’s New York Times article reinforces the narrative that Britney is not happy that Jamie is overseeing her personal and financial affairs.
Documents obtained by the newspaper at a hearing in 2014 said Ingham said the pop star was already having issues with her father at the time, citing his drinking and a “shopping list” of other grievances.
The report also states that the Guardianship has attempted to control every aspect of Britney’s life, which it dates from the color of her kitchen cabinets, which Jamie allegedly thought would be too expensive to change. The report noted that Britney only had a weekly allowance of $ 2,000.
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In 2019, Britney also told the court in a closed-door hearing that she was forced to go to a mental health facility against her will, according to the Times. She reportedly saw this as punishment for making an objection during a rehearsal for her Las Vegas residency, which she said she once performed with a 104-degree fever.
However, Jamie’s team maintained that if Britney really wanted to end the guardianship, she had every opportunity to do so.
“Anytime Britney wants to end her guardianship, she can ask her lawyer to file a petition to end it; she has always had this right but in 13 years has never exercised it, ”said Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen. year. “Britney knows her daddy loves her, and that he will be there for her when and if she needs him, as he always has been – guardianship or not. “
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The back-and-forth could likely end on Wednesday, as Britney is set to address Judge Brenda Penny herself for the first time that day. She, along with Jamie and their respective legal teams, will virtually attend the hearing.
A representative for Jamie did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
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