The conversation around Britney Spears' controversial conservatorship has a new development after father Jamie Spears filed a new motion.
The elder Spears became co-conservator over his daughter in 2008, amid the pop star’s ongoing mental health issues. The arrangement has only been valid in the state of California, but Jamie Spears filed a notice of intent on Tuesday to extend the conservatorship to Louisiana, where the singer is from, in addition to Hawaii and Florida, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Jamie is currently the sole conservator over the 37-year-old star, as attorney Andrew Wallet, who was named co-conservator alongside Jamie in 2008, resigned in March, according to the outlet.
Britney, her father, and her mother, Lynne Spears, all appeared in court to discuss the situation earlier this month, multiple outlets report. During the private May 10 hearing, a judged ordered an evaluation of the singer’s long-standing conservatorship in a "so-called 730 expert evaluation, a process usually used to determine the mental health and competence of a parent in a divorce case," a decision that all parties agreed to, the Associated Press reports. Still unclear, however, is whether the evaluation will be centered around the parenting skills of Britney herself or the actions of her parents.
The “Stronger” singer reportedly asked a judge during that same hearing to grant her more autonomy in the form of privileges that her current agreement does not allow, but the judge did not oblige, Entertainment Tonight reports.
The family is scheduled to return to court for another hearing on the matter this September, according to the Associated Press.
The conservatorship has been under scrutiny by a portion of Spears’ fanbase in recent months, after news spread that Spears had reportedly checked into a mental health facility voluntarily. A vocal subset of fans insisted that Spears had been forced into the facility against her will, sparking the #FreeBritney movement on social media (as well as in-person protests), but Spears herself later posted a video message on social media denying that she had been forced to do anything.
She checked out of the facility shortly afterward.
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