Catching Up With Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Battle

(Photo By: © Glenn Francis,

(Photo By: © Glenn Francis,

Kayla Katounas

Britney Spears’s conservatorship could be coming to a close after her father, Jamie Spears, filed to end it after 13 years. A conservatorship is a legal arrangement where a person (conservator) is in charge of another person’s affairs because they are deemed incapable of doing it themselves. Britney was put in a conservatorship under her father in 2008, but has been fighting to end it for the last few years. To catch up on Britney’s conservatorship as of March 2021, read this article.

Britney was first put in a conservatorship by her father in 2008, making him in charge of her estate and all her money. It has since hindered her ability to make her own decisions about her life and career. An audio recording of a June 2021 conservatorship hearing was leaked onto YouTube, where Britney said “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now, so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children – any more children.” Britney has made it clear that she will not continue to perform as long as her father is her conservator.

In August, Jamie Spears announced that he planned to step down as Britney’s conservator, and earlier this month he officially filed to end the conservatorship. Prior to this, Britney had not yet filed to end her conservatorship, as all her efforts were focused on removing her father from his position in it. This is not to say she did not want the conservatorship to end, but the biggest issue was that her father had her in an “abusive” conservatorship. Jamie filing to end the conservatorship was a surprising development in the case. When he announced he would be stepping down as conservator, his comments implied that the conservatorship would continue. He said that he would step down once there was an “orderly transition to a new conservator.” Now that the conservatorship may end, this could mean significant changes for Britney Spears.

This issue was brought to the mainstream in a big way by The New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, which received two nominations in the 2021 Emmy Awards. Since the release of the documentary in February, several other conservatorship documentaries have been announced. On September 16, CNN released Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle For Freedom. September 24 saw the release of Controlling Britney Spears on Hulu and FX, and Netflix released its new documentary Britney vs. Spears on September 28. With all of these announced following the success of Framing Britney Spears, it had fans questioning whether the documentaries were really created to spread awareness about the conservatorship, or if they were trying to profit off of it. “Past docs left a bad aftertaste. I’m hopeful this one will be respectful,” said Sam Asghari, Britney Spears’s new fiance, after Netflix’s documentary announcement. He continued by saying “I question producers who made them ‘just to shed light’ without input or approval from subject. Any credit for light being shed should go to #FreeBritney.”

Britney also went on Instagram earlier this week to say “I watched a little bit of the last documentary and I must say I scratched my head a couple of times. I really try to disassociate myself from the drama! Number one … that’s the past! Number two … can the dialogue get any classier? Number three … wow they used the most beautiful footage of me in the world!” She continued by complementing the effort of the people involved in creating the documentary.

Already, she announced that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari only days after the file to end the conservatorship. The majority of the comments on the Instagram post announcing this urged the singer to get a prenup. One of these comments came from actress Octavia Spencer, who later made an Instagram post apologizing. This shows that Britney already has hope of getting out of the conservatorship and being able to get married. It seems like things could be changing for the better for Britney Spears very soon.