Britney Spears, from the outside, seems to be living an independent life. She performed a successful Vegas residency for four years and has continued to release music over the past decade, all while updating her Instagram with pictures of her workouts and kids. She’s still Britney (bitch) but she also appears to be a hardworking, healthy single mom.
But Spears, 36, is still living under the conservatorship of her father Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew M. Wallet, after suffering from her highly publicized breakdown in 2008. As outlined in a great New York Times article in 2016, Spears’ conservatorship, typically given to the elderly and mentally ill, is all kinds of messed up. It keeps her from making any personal or financial decisions without the approval of her conservators, who make money off of their appointed positions.
But yesterday Us Weekly reported that Spears’ father Jamie is actually looking into ending the conservatorship:
“Jamie is actively consulting with Britney’s medical team to determine if the conservatorship of Britney as the person should finally come to an end,” the insider says. “It’s just a question of timing as she is about to begin the tour, so the thinking is to do it at the conclusion.”
Jezebel has reached out to a representative for Britney Spears and Andrew Wallet for comment and will update this post if they respond.