American pop superstar Britney Spears, 38, has lived under her father’s tutelage for over 10 years. Today, she seeks to modify the terms of this agreement which governs her professional and private life.
On Tuesday, his lawyer, Samuel Ingham, asked the courts to withdraw his father, Jamie, from the trusteeship agreement, to appoint in his place Jodi Montgomery, a professional guardian.
The singer had gone through a rough patch in 2008 and had to be briefly hospitalized before putting her life back in order and leading a discreet existence; she has since lived in California under a court-approved trusteeship. Ms Montgomery has already been running Britney Spears’ affairs on a temporary basis for about a year as her father struggled with health. “We are now at the point where the trusteeship needs to be drastically changed to reflect the major changes in his current lifestyle,” the attorney wrote in documents filed with a Los Angeles court.
According to him, among these changes is in particular the wish of the singer, who announced to take an unlimited professional break in January 2019, not to go on tour.
The lawyer added that Britney Spears “strongly opposed” her father’s resumption of his role as guardian after Ms Montgomery’s tenure expired on August 22. “Without giving up her right to seek to end the curatorship in the future, Britney would like the appointment of Ms. Montgomery as guardian to become permanent,” he said.
The singer “strongly prefers” that the control of her finances be entrusted to someone other than her father, according to the lawyer.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday to consider the case. Curatorships are generally put in place to protect the elderly, people who are very ill or have mental problems.
Fans of the singer have in the past demonstrated under the slogan “Free Britney” (Free Britney).