Britney Spears is ready to set the record straight and will make a rare address to a Los Angeles court next month on the matter of her conservatorship.
The hearing will mark the first time in years the Grammy winner has been able to speak about her controversial conservatorship. She has not been extensively interviewed on the subject since a 2008 MTV documentary.
That hearing is scheduled for 23 June and some expect her to make a push to end the conservatorship.
However, insiders say that's not Brit's goal. Her aim is to get the court to give her dad the boot.
“Britney’s primary focus is having Jamie removed from the case,” a source says.
“She feels that ending the conservatorship entirely can always be discussed down the road, but right now the issue is Jamie.”
Sources close to Britney (39), who is on a self-imposed work hiatus until her dad relinquishes control over her estate and career, say she is “afraid” of Jamie and has “virtually no interaction with him anymore”.
“A lot of this stems from her days growing up when Jamie was not present in her life,” an insider says, adding that Brit is frustrated about having to live under Jamie's guardianship for nearly 13 years.
In December last year, Jamie (68) said he and his daughter hadn't talked in four months, and that he was focused on remaining at the head of the conservatorship.
“When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally,” he said.
Jamie has been a co-conservator since the conservatorship’s inception in 2008, when Britney suffered a public breakdown.
In 2019, the Work singer’s care manager, Jodi Montgomery, temporarily replaced Jamie as co-conservator of the person while he recuperated from serious health issues.
Britney later requested that Montgomery’s role become permanent, but that decision is still pending the judge’s approval.
According to another well-placed source, the mother-of-two wants Jamie removed entirely so she can resume “a normal life.”
“She relishes in simple pleasures like driving her car and going on vacation,” the source says. “Sure, she is able to do as she pleases within her own home – to an extent – but whenever she wants to step foot outside, it immediately has to become a bigger conversation because security guards and lawyers and other people all need to get involved.”
Britney's boyfriend, Sam Asghari, sparked headlines when calling her father a “total d****” earlier this year for trying to control their relationship.
"It's important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way," the 27-year-old model wrote in an impassioned Instagram post.
Britney meanwhile recently broke her silence on the spate of documentaries about her mental-health struggles, branding them “so hypocritical” in a lengthy Instagram post.
“They criticise the media and then do the same thing?????” she wrote.
In February, The New York Times and streaming service Hulu produced Framing Britney Spears, while BBC journalist Mobeen Azhar’s documentary, The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, premiered earlier this week.
Brit condemned the unyielding focus on “the most negative and traumatising times” in her life from more than a decade ago.
“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 !!!! [sic]”
Sources: tmz.com, pagesix.com, mirror.co.uk, people.com, thetimes.co.uk