BRITNEY Spears’ father, Jamie, says he has not spoken to his daughter since August as the nasty court battle continues over the singer’s conservatorship.
Now, speaking out on a rare occasion, the family patriarch opened up about the experience, and confessed to the outlet: “I love my daughter and I miss her very much.
“When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally.
“I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.”
Jamie’s attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, alleged the sudden stop in communication is due to demands from her legal team.
She told the news publication: “Jamie’s relationship with Britney is not that different than your average father-daughter relationship insofar as there has always been a mutual love and respect for each other.
“Until Britney’s court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham abruptly instructed Jamie not to contact Britney a few months ago, Jamie and Britney had spoken often and regularly throughout the entire conservatorship.
“In fact, they had spoken just the day before and had had a pleasant and collaborative conversation,” she added.
However, since August, the mother-of-two has been battling in court to remove Jamie from the guardianship.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father. She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career,” Ingham told the judge.
The Gimme More singer has been on an indefinite work hiatus since early 2019.
However, she recently put out two new pre-recorded tracks from her Glory album which came out back in 2016.
Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Jamie from the court conservatorship – but said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal, which Ingham plans to file.
Britney’s mom and Jamie’s ex-wife Lynne Spears took part in the hearing as an interested party.
Her attorney called their relationship “toxic” and said Britney shouldn’t be forced to obey her father’s unreasonable demands.
The conservatorship began 12 years ago when she was having serious mental struggles and after a series of public meltdowns – including her infamous head shave in 2007.
Dozens of those fans are seen protesting outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse that houses each of the musicians’ hearings.