How Britney Spears' Mom Feels After Her Daughter's Hearing

Britney Spears got the Internet talking on June 23, 2021, when she finally gave court testimony via phone to ask to be released from the conservatorship that a lawyer and her father have been in charge of since 2008, per CNN. In the terms of this conservatorship, Spears has to get permission for all financial and personal decisions. Now, her mother, who divorced Jamie Spears in 2002, is speaking out.

Lynne Spears gave a statement through her attorney, Gladstone Jones, soon after her daughter's half-hour-long testimony was made public. Jones said that his client was "a very concerned mother," according to US Weekly. Jones also asked the judge to grant Spears' request to hire her own private attorney to fight her case for her.

This wasn't the first time that Lynne Spears had objected to parts of her daughter's conservatorship. US Weekly reported in April of 2021 that Britney's mother filed an objection to $890,000 worth of legal fees from Jamie's law firm. Those fees had piled up in just six months since the conservatorship battle began in October of 2020. The court filing stated that Lynne Spears believed the fees were "procedurally and substantively improper."

Britney Spears became a superstar early in life

Britney Spears, now 39, has seemingly never lived her own life. She entered the celebrity world when she was just a child, landing a part on "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club" when she was just 11 years old. Spears appeared with other future teen music stars, including Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. She was only 17 when her first hit single took the music world by storm. "... Baby One More Time" propelled Spears from a Disney teen into a sex symbol practically overnight. She continued to turn out songs over the years, including 2000's "Oops! ... I Did It Again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U" (via Biography).

Through all of this, Spears became tabloid fodder as she made daring and racy moves over and over again, including sharing a very public kiss with pop superstar Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. She also made headlines with her various romances, including a relationship with Timberlake, and a very brief marriage in 2004 to an old friend named Jason Alexander when she was just 23. That union only lasted two days, according to Biography, but Spears' love life was ripe for public consumption as she was rarely out of the eyes of paparazzi.

Public troubles lead to Britney Spears' conservatorship

Although her first marriage was over before you could blink, Britney Spears gave wedded bliss another try in 2004, this time to Kevin Federline. A year later, she gave birth to her first son, Sean Preston. Everywhere Spears went, photographers seemed to follow. They got shots of her driving her car with her baby on her lap rather than strapped into his car seat, calling into question her fitness as a mother. Second son Jayden James was born in 2006, but the marriage was over just months later when Spears filed for divorce (via Biography).

By 2007, Spears and Federline were embroiled in a custody battle for the boys, and the singer made headlines with front page pictures in papers across the country when she very publicly shaved her head after checking out of rehab. Within a day, she was back in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, and within another day, Spears checked herself out. By the end of the year, Spears lost custody of both her sons to their father. In 2008, her troubles came to a crescendo when she refused to return the boys to Federline after her time with them. She then spent time in a mental health facility, and her father, Jamie Spears, went to court to take charge of her finances, as well as her personal and professional decisions, through a conservatorship, according to Life & Style. It's that conservatorship that Spears is trying to have dissolved as of this writing.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Britney Spears explains what her life has been like under the conservatorship

Britney Spears detailed how control of her own life had been taken from her and described the time between 2018 and 2019 when, due to the conservatorship, she was forced to tour against her wishes. She also said she was forced to undergo medical evaluations and take the psychiatric medication Lithium.

"It's a strong drug," Spears said (via Huffington Post). "You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than five months," she said. "I felt drunk. I couldn't even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses."

Spears also told the court that she wants to have more children with her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari, but she is forced to have an IUD so she can't get pregnant again. "I have a (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," she said (via Variety).