On Thursday, a California judge denied Britney Spears’ ongoing request to remove her father as her conservator.
According to TMZ, Spears, 39, had asked a Los Angeles court to appoint financial fiduciary Bessemer Trust as the sole conservator.
During Thursday’s court hearing, the judge also denied James Spears’ request to have control over Britney Spears’ investments. As a result, James Spears and Bessemer Trust are slated to collaborate to establish a budget and investment proposal for the singer’s estate, according to NBC News.
James Spears, 68, has been his daughter’s conservator for 13 years. In November, the court granted the singer’s bid to have Bessemer Trust appointed a co-conservator of her $58 million estate.
It is worth noting that none of the parties, including Britney Spears, have sought to end the conservatorship. Instead, the singer claimed she feared her estranged father and would prefer a financial institution have control over her estate.
Britney Spears has admitted she needed a conservator in 2008, and credited the arrangement with saving her career. However, the singer started publicly challenging the conservatorship in August 2020.
James Spears not only has control over Britney Spears’ finances but her as an entity — essentially putting him in control of the 39-year-old’s life choices.
In January 2019, Britney Spears abruptly ended her residency in Las Vegas before it began. She reportedly then checked into a mental health facility.
Britney Spears remains on an indefinite hiatus from performing. Her lawyer said last year that she will not perform as long as her father remains her conservator.
The Los Angles Times reported that the next hearings in Britney Spears’ ongoing conservatorship case are scheduled for March 17 and April 27.
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[Featured image: James Spears, Britney Spears/Associated Press]