On Wednesday, a Los Angeles superior court judge rejected the singer's request to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from the conservatorship but said she would consider it in the future.
Jamie has controlled his 38-year-old daughter's career and personal life since 2008. At the time, Britney was going through a very public meltdown and was put under a court-ordered conservatorship due to concerns over her mental health.
Under the arrangement, her estate, plus financial and personal assets, are controlled by her father and a lawyer (who was Andrew Wallet, before he quit in 2019, leaving her father with sole legal control).
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Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham, told the judge that Britney is "afraid of her father" and would put her career on hold as long as her father has control over her.
"My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father," said Ingham. "She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career."
However, Jamie's' attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, said Jamie had a perfect record as conservator.
While Jamie will still remain her conservator, the judge did approve Britney's request that a corporate fiduciary, the Bessemer Trust, serve as co-conservator over her estate along with her father.
Britney previously spoke about her feelings towards her lack of freedom, telling MTV in 2008 that she was not a fan of the conservatorship.
"It's too in control," she told the publication.
"If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd feel so liberated," she said. "There's no excitement, there's no passion... Even when you go to jail, you know there's the time when you're going to get out. But in this situation, it's never-ending."