Britney Spears wanted father Jamie removed from her ‘oppressive and controlling’ conservatorship as early as 2014: NYT

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#FreeBritney activists protest outside Courthouse in Los Angeles during Conservatorship Hearing on April 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images
  • Britney Spears expressed concerns about having her father as her conservator as early as 2014, The New York Times reported.
  • A lawyer for Spears in 2014 cited her father’s drinking and a “shopping list” of other concerns, court records show.
  • Spears is expected to speak in a Los Angeles court about the conservatorship Wednesday.
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Britney Spears expressed concerns over having her father as her conservator as early as 2014, according to newly unearthed court records reported by The New York Times on Tuesday.

According to the Times’ report, Spears’ court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III said in 2014 that the singer had concerns about her father’s drinking and had a “shopping list” of concerns about her father.

Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, was appointed Spears’ conservator in 2008 following high public struggles with her personal life, substance use, and her mental health.

A court investigator in 2016 wrote Spears “articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” according to records obtained by the Times.

And in 2019, Spears told a court investigator she had been forced to stay at a mental health facility and to perform against her will, according to the NYT report. Last year, Ingham told a judge that Spears was “afraid” of her father.

Spears, whose career and conservatorship was the subject of “Framing Britney Spears,” a popular New York Times documentary that aired earlier this year, is expected to speak about her conservatorship in a Los Angles court on Wednesday.

A lawyer for Spears told the court earlier this year that she requested the hearing on an “expedited basis.”

Spears has been largely mum in public about the conservatorship. In a May post to Instagram, Spears referenced the “many documentaries” about her.

“These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing,” she wrote.

She added: “I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life … I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative.”