Britney Spears’ conservator claims the pop star asked her to stay – and has no plans to quit

Singer Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016.
Jodi Montgomery will continue to serve as Britney Spears’ conservator. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo
  • Jodi Montgomery will continue to serve as Britney Spears’ conservator.
  • A lawyer for Montgomery said in a statement to Insider that Spears asked her to remain in the role.
  • Her statement comes days after Spears’ manager and Bessemer Trust stepped down from their roles.
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Britney Spears’ conservator says she has no plans to step down as the pop star’s conservator – and says Spears asked her to remain in her guardianship role, People reports.

“Ms. Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms. Montgomery to continue to serve. Ms. Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court desire her to do so,” Jodi Montgomery told the publication in a statement through her lawyer, also provided to Insider.

Montgomery has served as a temporary coconservator of the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter’s estate, alongside Spears’ father Jamie, since 2019.

Montgomery’s statement comes days after Spears’ longtime manager and a financial firm stepped down from their roles in the aftermath of Spears’ bombshell June court testimony asking a judge to end the “abusive” 13-year conservatorship that controls her finances and professional decisions.

Spears told the court on June 23 that she had an abusive relationship with Jamie and was allowed very little freedom in her personal life, including being forced to work long hours and being denied the right to remove her IUD despite wanting more children.

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Jamie Spears and Britney Spears. Nick Ut/AP/Steve Granitz/WireImage

In response to Spears’ testimony, Jamie said in a court filing on June 29 that he has no control over the pop star’s “personal affairs” and “medical treatment.”

He said in the court documents, reviewed by Insider, that he stopped making decisions related to his daughter’s “personal affairs” after Montgomery signed on as a temporary conservator in September 2019. He added that decisions Montgomery made about Spears’ “personal care and medical treatment” specifically excluded the pop star.

When reached by Insider on June 30, a representative for Montgomery countered Jamie’s claims and said over email that Montgomery has been a “tireless advocate” for Spears since she became the pop star’s coconservator.

“Britney’s choice to marry and to start a family have never been impacted by the conservatorship while Ms. Montgomery has been conservator,” the email statement said in part.

Britney Spears and her manager Larry Rudolph.
Britney Spears and Larry Rudolph in 2011. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Less that a week after Jamie’s court filing, Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph resigned on Monday, saying Spears was retiring from performing.

Rudolph wrote in a letter addressed to Jamie and Montgomery that he believed “it is in Britney’s best interest” for Rudolph to resign as her manager, according to Deadline.

Although Rudolph said in Monday’s resignation letter that he hadn’t spoken to the pop star in over two years and he was not “privy to many of these details” of her conservatorship, Spears said in her June testimony that her “management” was “threatening and scary” while discussing a 2018 tour she wanted to back out of.

Prior to Rudolph resigning, Judge Brenda Penny approved Bessemer Trust’s request on Friday to be removed as a coconservator, citing Spears’ explosive testimony asking to end her conservatorship. However, that same week, Judge Penny formally denied Spears’ request to remove her father from the guardianship.

Bessemer Trust was appointed by the court to be a coconservator in November 2020, but had not yet started its duties, nor received any assets or taken any fees, according to The New York Times.