Britney Spears’ dad Jamie releases statement as conservatorship is suspended
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After being officially suspended from her longtime conservatorship, Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, has issued a statement.
The 69 year old's lawyer Vivian L. Thoreen released a statement on behalf of her client, in which he claimed that the bombshell ruling was a "loss" for his pop star daughter.
The statement read: "Mr. Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally. For thirteen 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. This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children," it was continued.
The statement continued: "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.
"These facts make the outcome of yesterday's hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney," the statement continued.
"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.
Again, it was Mr. Spears 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.
"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.
The statement was concluded with: "Despite the suspension, Mr. Spears will continue to look out for the best interests of his daughter and work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters."
Britney's dad was appointed as her guardian in 2008 amid concerns over her mental health. The conservatorship is split into two parts, including one for her estate and financial affairs and another for her as a person.
While Jamie was originally in charge of both parts, he stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019 due to health reasons.
His reduced involvement in overseeing her life was not enough for Britney as the singer has been on strike since 2019 and has refused to work in protest over Jamie acting as her conservator.
At a hearing on Wednesday 29 September at Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Brenda Penny explained that it was "untenable" for Jamie to continue in his role.
Jamie was ordered to hand over relevant documents to a temporary conservator for Britney's estate, John Zabel, a certified public accountant.
Judge Brenda agreed that it was in Britney's "best interests" for her father to be removed, and the court was told his continued involvement was "toxic".
The Oops! I Did It Again singer's lawyers also requested for a new hearing to be held in the next month to 45 days to decide if her conservatorship should end completely.
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