Britney Spears‘ father, Jamie Spears, issued a sharp statement on Thursday morning (Sept. 30) in reaction to a judge suspending him as the conservator of his daughter’s estate.
“Mr. Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally,” read the statement from Jamie Spears issued via his attorney Vivian Thoreen, according to Variety.
“For 13 years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father. This started with agreeing to serve as her conservator when she voluntarily entered into the conservatorship,” it continued. “This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children. For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required. For Mr. Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney.”
On Wednesday (Sept. 29), Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted the artist’s petition to suspend Jamie Spears from his role as conservator of her estate immediately, finding the arrangement was no longer in her best interest.
Spears’ conservatorship was established in 2008, after she was hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation. The oversight is split into two parts, conservator of the person and conservator of the estate. Jamie Spears did both until September 2019, when Jodi Montgomery took management of the personal side of the conservatorship.
After more than a decade of little to no movement, in the past three months, the circumstances have rapidly changed: Britney is now working with a lawyer of her choosing; Jamie petitioned to end the conservatorship; and Britney petitioned to have him immediately removed from his role while her team set its sights on winding down the conservatorship this coming fall.
Jamie’s statement also expressed dismay over the judge’s ruling. “These facts make the outcome of yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney,” it read. “Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr. Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer.”
The statement noted that it was Jamie who took the initiative to “file the petition to terminate the conservatorship when neither Britney’s former court-appointed counsel nor her new privately-retained attorney would do so.” In addition, it claimed that it was Mr. Spears “who asked the court at yesterday’s hearing to immediately terminate the conservatorship while Britney’s own attorney argued against it.”
Jamie’s note via Thoreen also said that despite the suspension, he will continue to look out for Britney’s “best interests” and “work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters.” A hearing was set for Nov. 12 to determine if the conservatorship will be ended.