New Report Hints At How Britney Spears Really Feels About Her Conservatorship

For more than a decade, pop princess Britney Spears might have earned tens of millions for album releases, concerts, and even a had Las Vegas residency — but it appears she hasn't been able to enjoy any of it. According to The New York Times, Spears was put on an allowance of 2,000 dollars a week, drug tested several times a week, unable to undertake any home improvements, and did not have access to her credit cards, thanks to a court-mandated conservatorship arrangement, which put her father in charge of her life.

Spears has never gone public with to petition the court for the conservatorship to end; in fact, a court filing quotes Spears as saying that the arrangement "rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin" (via NPR). But it appears she wasn't as happy with the arrangement as it appears, because she has protested the conservatorship much earlier and more frequently than it was publicly thought. In confidential court records seen by The New York Times, the singer reportedly told an investigator in 2016 that "she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her," and that the system that was meant to safeguard her instead had "too much control." Given all that, she wanted the arrangement ended as soon as possible. 

The investigator says Spears was "'sick of being taken advantage of' and she said she is the one working and earning her money but everyone around her is on her payroll." 

Britney Spears is still being managed by her father

Britney Spears is currently managed by her dad Jamie, who was appointed in 2008 after the singer was taken to hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Even then, the singer wasn't sure her dad would be the right person for the role of conservator, and she had what The New York Times called a "shopping list" of reasons to oppose the idea — not the least of which is he had a drinking problem. Legal experts say the singer's discomfort with her father's role in her life should have been taken into consideration, since conservatorships are meant to help the subjects of the deal get back on their feet. The arrangement is meant to help people who cannot take care of themselves, but Britney Spears has been able to work for most of the time she was under the conservatorship. Jamie Spears gets $16,000 a month for is role plus $2,000 a month for office space. He also gets a cut of every deal he signs for his daughter.

As Reuters points out, it is out of the ordinary to have someone both of Spears' age and status to be under conservatorship for so long. The singer is now meant to meet with the court on June 23 in the afternoon to speak with them about the conservatorship. All eyes are now on the singer to see why she is planning to speak or what she is planning to say. When she appears, fans will be waiting.