Lynne Spears, the mother of pop star Britney Spears, is concerned after hearing her daughter’s demand to have her father’s conservatorship revoked.
The embattled and oft-toxic megastar, whose 2007 mental meltdown made headlines all over the world, presented her demands via video to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday afternoon.
“I just want my life back,” Spears said.
Gladstone Jones later responded by noting that his client, Lynne Spears, was a “very concerned mother” who encouraged the judge to listen to her daughter’s request, which included a plea from the star to hire her own attorney and oversee her own mental health plan, according to Us Weekly magazine.
Spears’ father Jamie Spears, 68, has overseen his daughter’s career, including her finances and so-called mental health care, since his appointment in 2008.
Lynne, who is not involved in the conservatorship agreement, filed an objection to her ex-husband’s payment of $890,000 in legal fees charged by Holland & Knight LLP, and demanded reimbursement, referring to the charges as improper and not performed in good faith.
Despite having no involvement in her daughter’s conservatorship, her mother asserted that she is acting in the best interest of her daughter. But the star’s father shot back earlier this year.
“Despite having zero involvement in her daughter’s conservatorship until very recently, Lynne Spears is asserting claims as if she were a party directly involved in the litigation (which she is not),” He responded in court documents obtained by Us Weekly back in April.
Attorney Vivian Thoreen, who represents Jamie Spears, told the court during this week’s hearing that her father was concerned for Britney’s well-being.
“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” Thoreen said. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and misses her very much.”
Samuel D. Ingham III, who represents the pop star, made a request to the court in April to allow his client to make her official request to the court.
During her testimony, Spears told the judge that she didn’t feel that she’d been heard when she’d testified in 2019.
Spears said her father often forced her to perform against her will, and was forced to take lithium, a powerful drug that used to treat mental health issues such as bipolar disorder.
Spears said the effects of the drug made her feel drunk and that her family did nothing to help her.
“I want changes and I want changes going forward,” Spears said.
The Los Angeles Superior Court expects to see more legal motions filed from both parties and has not set a future date related to the case, Fox News reported.
“Since she has made the remarks that she was able to make on the public record today, she believes that it will be advisable for proceedings to be sealed going forward,” Ingham III told the court.
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