Britney Spears: Celebrities support singer after latest conservatorship victory

Pop singer and her fans are celebrating after the latest development in her conservatorship case

Roisin O'Connor
Thursday 30 September 2021 10:29
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Fellow stars including Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick and Cher have expressed their support after Britney Spears’s father was suspended from her conservatorship.

On Wednesday 29 September, LA County Supreme Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled to suspend Jamie Spears from the legal arrangement that has controlled the pop star’s business and personal affairs for 13 years.

While the case is not over yet, many celebrities appeared to share the view that it was only a matter of time before Spears’s conservatorship would be ended for good.

“Thank God,” singer and actor Cher tweeted, using a number of emojis. “I’ve talked and prayed about this for years. I’m more than thrilled for her. Bless our super star.”

Dionne Warwick said the decision was “wonderful news”.

“She can now breathe,” tweeted Warwick. “Congratulations Britney. Enjoy your life!”

“Britney Spears is free,” Bette Midler tweeted. “Congratulations to everyone who helped bring this about, especially Britney who, after 13 years in the wilderness, never gave up until she was finally heard.”

Singer Vanessa Carlton said she was “thrilled to see that freedom and hopefully justice is finally coming to this brilliant lady”.

Shortly after the news, Spears herself shared an Instagram video of her flying a plane with her fiancé, Sam Asghari.

“On cloud 9 right now,” she captioned the post.

Asghari, meanwhile, shared a photo of a lioness and wrote: “The power of the lioness! #FreeeBritney.”

Judge Penny’s decision came after years of campaigning by Spears’s fans and her own explosive court testimony in June, in which she claimed to have been drugged and forced to work against her will, prevented from removing a birth control device, and forced into a mental health facility.

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In a documentary that aired last week, it was also alleged that Spears’s personal and private conversations were monitored by a security team, and that an audio recording device was placed in her bedroom.

The security claims were raised during the hearing by Spears’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart.

“We learned Mr Spears did something unfathomable. He instructed (a) security team, paid for by my client, to place a listening device in Britney’s bedroom,” he told the court.

In response Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, said: “It’s not evidence, it’s rhetoric.”

“The current situation is not tenable,” Judge Penny told the court after the petition was made. However, she did not end the conservatorship.

The court then named California accountant, John Zabel, as the temporary conservator of her finances.

At the same hearing, Thoreen argued the conservatorship should be immediately ended, while lawyers for the pop singer want more time to investigate Jamie Spears’s behaviour while he was acting as conservator.

The court has been asked by Rosengart to hold a termination hearing in the next 30 to 45 days. A decision is expected to be made in autumn.

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