Britney Spears’ father Jamie has formally filed to end the controversial conservatorship that has given him control over her finances and many other aspects of her life for the last 13 years.
Ms Spears has attempted to remove him from the role twice in the last two years, and has described the relationship with her father as “abusive”.
She has been refusing to perform while remaining under the conservatorship.
Her father’s filing comes two months after the singer delivered a stunning testimony in court, calling for the conservatorship to end immediately.
Jamie Spears’ court filing
“Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist,” reads the filing submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday.
“Ms Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship,” the petition continues, adding that she has expressed her wish to oversee her own medical and financial care.
“As Mr Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter.
“If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
The conservatorship has been in place since 2008, with Mr Spears being granted control over his daughter’s finances and other aspects of her life due to concerns over her mental health.
She has previously accused him of “cruelty” and said he threatened to block her from seeing her children if she does not accept his demands.
Britney Spears’ net worth
Ms Spears has been one of the world’s most famous pop stars for the last two decades, but her net worth pales in comparison to many of her contemporaries.
According to Forbes, she has a net worth of $60 million (about £43.5 million). Despite obviously being a considerable sum, this is around a tenth of the estimated wealth of Rihanna and roughly half that of Jessica Simpson, who has not enjoyed the same level of musical success as Ms Spears.
The conservatorship has been a significant part of that, with Ms Spears paying millions in legal fees in her bid to try and free herself from her father’s control. She must also pay child support to her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
Ms Spears has not released any new music since 2016 and stopped touring two years later, refusing to perform while under the conservatorship. She also no longer has the high-profile endorsements most other stars can boast.
However, if the judge grants her control of her finances again she could boost her income significantly.
For example, she turned down a second Las Vegas residency in 2019 that would have earned her $350,000 per show. Such shows could be back on the menu if the courts decide to scrap her conservatorship.