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Britney Spears Musical ‘Once Upon A One More Time’ Sets Broadway Opening(12/3/22) The new Britney Spears jukebox musical Once Upon A One More Time has finalized its Broadway plans: The production will begin previews Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Marquis Theatre, with an opening night set for Thursday, June 22, 2023.
Featuring such Spears hits as “Oops I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Circus,” and “Toxic” the new musical is directed and choreographed by Keone & Mari Madrid, with an original story by Jon Hartmere that imagines what would happen to classic fairytale icons like Cinderella, Snow White, the Little Mermaid and others if a rogue fairy godmother dropped The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps.
The production dates and venue were announced today by producers James L. Nederlander and Hunter Arnold. Casting was not announced.
The musical had its well-reviewed world premiere last year at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
The Broadway production’s creative team includes David Leveaux as Creative Consultant, Scenic Designer Anna Fleischle, Costume & Hair Designer Loren Elstein, Lighting Designer Kenneth Posner, Sound Designer Andrew Keister and Projection Designer Sven Ort.
People’s Choice Award Nominees(10/26/22) The 2022 People’s Choice Awards will air simultaneously on NBC and E! on Tuesday, December 6 at 9:00 pm ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. Live from E!: The 2022 People’s Choice Awards will kick off the night with a red carpet special at 7:00 pm ET/PT on E!.
Voting for the 2022 People’s Choice Awards runs today (Oct 26) through Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59 pm ET. Fans can either vote online at http://www.votepca.com or on Twitter.
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Britney Spears Asks “What The F*ck Did I Do To Deserve” Years Of Restrictive Conservatorship; Singer Rips Family & Plugs New Single With Elton John In Now-Deleted Audio Posting(8/29/22) Riding high on a just released hit duet with Elton John, Britney Spears dropped even more new audio today lashing out at her parents and others for the restrictive conservatorship held her captive for over a decade.
“How did they get away with it?” says the ‘Hold Me Closer’ singer in a now deleted 22 minute audio soliloquy posted on her official YouTube channel earlier Sunday. “And what the f*ck did I do to deserve it?,” Spears emphatically adds of the legal entanglement run by her father and others over her career, personal life, finances and more from 2008 to 2021. “How the f*ck did they get away with it? How is there a god? Is there a god?”
“I get nothing out of sharing all of this,” the recently married performer states at the opening of the recording, noting a fear of “judgement” and blowback. “I have offers to do interviews with Oprah and so many people for lots and lots of money, but it’s insane,” Spears says. “I don’t want any of it. For me, it’s beyond a sit-down proper interview.”
Spears’ lawyer Matthew Rosengart could not be reached for comment on the recording that went up and came down for public consumption today. However, Deadline has confirmed that the voice on the now private recording is Britney Spears.
While crystalized and sharpened in many ways, the fact is a lot of what is to be found on the recording today reiterates what Britney Spears said in court over the past few years. After a sharp elbowed and dirty laundry filled legal showdown that began in 2020 and continued for many months in the media spotlight, as well as the constant outcry of the fan-based #freebritney movement, the conservatorship was finally terminated on November 12, 2021.
Traversing all over her life under the thumb of the conservatorship, her family’s role in the heavily surveilled situation, her lucrative multi-year Las Vegas residency, a secret relationship, and her return to music with the Elton John collaboration, Spears in the audio offering today presented a more intimate coup d’œil than almost ever before. “They literally killed me,” she says of her father Jamie Spears, her mother Lynne and her other relatives. “They threw me away. That’s what I felt like, my family threw me away.”
“I know now it was all premeditated and a woman introduced the idea to my dad and my mom actually helped him follow through and made it all happen,” Spears declares of the conservatorship that was seemingly fast tracked through the courts as the singer appeared to be having difficulties and was shattering the pop idol box she had been placed in.
“I was so so weak, I was scared, broken,” the ‘Toxic’ singer says toward the end of the recording. “I’m sharing this because I want people to know I’m only human,” Spears continues poignantly. “I do feel victimized after these experiences and how can I mend this if I don’t talk about it?”
“If you’re a weird introvert oddball like me who feels alone a lot of the time, and you needed to hear a story like this today, so you don’t feel alone, know that my life has been far from easy and you’re not alone,” she concludes.
On the flip side, Spears also notes in the recording that she is back making music again for the first time since 2016 and loving it. “I haver an amazing song right now with one of the most brilliant men of our time, and I am so grateful,” she says of the August 26 released tune with Elton. Fueled by a phat club beat and processed vocals from Spears, ‘Hold Me CLoser takes elements of past Elton hits like ‘Tiny Dancer,’ ‘The One,’ and ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.’
Hours after the audio from Spears was posted, the singer took to Twitter to offer clarification on the point of the amount of blood that was taken from her – a point that seemed a tad excessive, even for her extremely excessive conservatorship:
@britneyspears: A reminder to some of you who may have gotten what I said confused … it was 6 small vials of blood not 6 gallons !!!
While Spears herself is free of the restraints of the conservatorship, the legal jousting is far from over.
The singer’s father Jamies Spears and her ex-business mangers at Tri-Star Sports and Entertainment Group are facing questions from Rosengart in LA Superior Court over how the younger Spears’ $60 million fortune was used during the conservatorship and who was paid how many millions for what. Added to the mix is also allegations that the elder Spears subjected his daughter to intense and invasive surveillance by hired security teams.
Longtime on and off conservator Jamie Spears denies bugging Britney’s bedroom, electronic devices and more. Yet, in today’s audio recording Britney Spears almost nonchalantly mentions she believed her phone was tapped during the conservatorship, and thereby prevented her from being able to seek independent help.
Spears’ mother Lynne responded of a sorts to the audio recording of today. “I have tried my best to help you out of hardships!” said the matriarch in part in an Instagram post late Sunday. “I have never and will never turn my back on you!”
Britney Spears clearly has a very different take on what really went down.
Elton John and Britney Spears release ‘Tiny Dancer’ duet ‘Hold Me Closer’(8/25/22) (Listen) “Hold Me Closer” is finally here.
Elton John and Britney Spears have released their highly anticipated duet, a reimagining of the legendary Rocket Man’s classic “Tiny Dancer.”
The new song, which hit streaming services Friday, is a euphoric midtempo, complete with Spears’ signature vocal runs over a chill dance beat that also interpolates John’s lesser-known 1992 song “The One.”
The collaboration is already receiving high praise, including from Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart.
“After our hard-fought success in removing her father as conservator and then the termination of the conservatorship, I was inundated with inquiries about what Britney would do next,” Rosengart tells Page Six exclusively.
“My response was simple: ‘For the first time in 13 years, that is up to one person and one person only: Britney.’ No one should be surprised that her first foray is a smash success,” the former federal prosecutor continues. “As I’ve said all along, Britney is a brilliant artist and iconic person. She’s been through a lot. Regardless of what she chooses to do next, if anything, I am so very proud of her.”
“Hold Me Closer” is Spears’ first official single since “Slumber Party,” which appeared on her 2016 album, “Glory.”
The pop princess’ team re-released “Glory” in 2020 while she was on a work strike over her conservatorship, from which she was freed in 2021 after describing it as “abusive.”
The deluxe edition of “Glory” tacked on three bonus tracks, “Mood Ring,” “Swimming in the Stars” and “Matches” featuring the Backstreet Boys, none of which received proper single treatment such as music videos or radio promotion.
The original version of “Tiny Dancer,” meanwhile, opened John’s 1971 album, “Madman Across the Water,” and was released as a single the following year.
While it was not an immediate commercial success, peaking at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, the six-minute piano ballad has become a staple in John’s catalog and live concerts over the years. It also earned a spot on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list at No. 47.
Page Six broke the news in July that John, 75, and Spears, 40, had secretly recorded “Hold Me Closer” with Andrew Watt, the producer behind hits such as Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” Miley Cyrus’ “Midnight Sky” and Justin Bieber’s “Peaches.”
“This was Elton’s idea, and Britney is a huge fan,” a music industry source told us at the time, teasing that John’s team was already calling it “the song of the summer.”
Spears said Wednesday that she was feeling “pretty overwhelmed” ahead of the release of her comeback tune.
“It’s pretty damn cool that I’m singing with one of the most classic men of our time … @eltonofficial !!!!” she tweeted, adding, “it’s a big deal to me !!!”
While the “Toxic” singer’s career has been on hiatus since 2019, she keeps dropping hints that she is thinking about returning to music.
Most recently, Spears — who is also working on a memoir — sang an edgy rendition of her 1998 debut single, “…Baby One More Time,” on Instagram alongside the caption, “I haven’t shared my voice in an extremely long time … maybe too long.”
Tubi’s ‘TMZ No BS’ Docuseries To Feature Britney Spears As First Subject(8/18/22) Tubi is set to launch TMZ No BS, a 12-episode docuseries featuring some of the biggest names in pop culture. The first episode, centered on Britney Spears, will debut on August 24.
Hosted by Harvey Levin, Charles Latibeaudiere and guest TMZ contributors, the docuseries will feature “never-before-seen stories and fresh reporting that provides an eye-opening look at people who have been widely covered, but never really understood,” according to Tubi. Each episode will focus on a set topic or public figure.
Per Tubi’s description, “TMZ No BS: Britney Spears is an unfiltered look at the fascinating and tumultuous life of one of pop culture’s biggest and most scrutinized stars. Through inside stories from the reporters who covered her every step of the way, and exclusive footage from the TMZ vault, Harvey, Charles and the gang discuss Britney’s rise to fame and the shocking events that led to a decade-long conservatorship.”
Tubi and TMZ are both owned by Fox Entertainment.
Upcoming episodes of TMZ No BS will include “JLO,” “Wildest Celebrity Arrests,” and “Conor McGregor.”
“TMZ No BS is a must watch on Tubi for any avid TMZ follower and all pop culture enthusiasts,” said Adam Lewinson, Chief Content Officer, Tubi. “We’re excited to have fans discover this new docuseries where Harvey Levin and his team sit down for a stripped down roundtable conversation, and examine some of the biggest celebrity moments through a new lens.”
TMZ No BS is executive-produced by Harvey Levin, Charles Latibeaudier and Ryan Regan, with co-executive producer Jess Fusco.
Britney Spears done writing drama-filled memoir, so what’s the hold up?(7/30/22) Hit by supply chain shortages, one more time.
Britney Spears has reportedly finished writing what promises to be a bombshell of a celebrity memoir — but its publication date will apparently be delayed due to a lack of paper, according to TMZ.
Back in February, Page Six exclusively broke the news that the Princess of Pop had signed a $15 million book deal with Simon & Schuster, which nabbed the contract following what was said to be a months-long bidding war amongst publishing houses for the rights to Spears’ autobiography.
But now that the “Dear Diary” singer, 40, has at last been able to get it all down in writing, her life’s story won’t reach the eyes of the public for some time thanks to nationwide manufacturing upheavals that have resulted in a massive “paper crunch” in the book publishing industry, per Publishers Weekly.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’ve never seen a market like this before,” said Midland Paper Vice President Bill Rojack at a PW-hosted webinar earlier this year. He went on to explain that, although demand from publishing houses for book-quality paper has been on the rise, elsewhere it has fallen by 50% in “recent years.” In response, industrial paper mills have pivoted to cater to stronger markets such as corrugated cardboard and other packaging material.
“This is more than a market cycle,” Rojack continued. “It is a structural transformational sea change that happened so much faster than anybody expected because of Covid.”
It’s worth noting that this shift evidently didn’t deter Simon & Schuster from distributing “The Official Britney Spears Coloring Book,” which was released by indie publisher Ulysses Press in November 2021.
The resurgence of interest in all-things-Spears came about as the broader public — especially millennials who counted themselves among her avid fanbase in the aughts — became aware that her professional decisions and finances had been at the behest of her formally estranged father since he legally imposed a conservatorship over the “Toxic” singer in 2008.
The subsequent backlash at the reality of Spears’ situation likely contributed to a judge ending the conservatorship last November.
Britney Spears won’t be deposed in conservatorship case, judge rules(7/27/22) Britney Spears will not have to sit for a deposition in her conservatorship case, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday.
Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said in court that the pop star “feels traumatized by what she went through” and that answering questions under oath from her estranged father Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Alex Weingarten, would “retraumatize” her.
Weingarten said he plans to appeal the decision, telling Judge Brenda Penny that Jamie “is proud and will remain proud of what he did for, not to, his daughter” while serving as her conservator from the legal arrangement’s inception in February 2008 until his suspension in September 2021.
Rosengart and Weingarten had been trying for months to depose each other’s clients after Britney, 40, described her conservatorship as “abusive” during an impassioned public court speech in June 2021.
Rosengart, a former federal prosecutor, has claimed that Jamie, 70, enriched himself with at least $6 million from Britney’s estate.
Jamie has also been accused of spying on Britney by secretly monitoring her cellphone and placing an audio recording device in her bedroom, the latter of which he denied doing.
Weingarten countered that Britney was the one who should have been deposed given she has made damning allegations about her dad in court and on social media.
But, as Rosengart pointed out, Britney had little to no information to share after being stripped of her personal, medical and financial rights during her nearly 14-year conservatorship, which was established after she endured a series of struggles in the public eye.
“She wants to move on with her life, and yet, that man, her father, her flesh and blood, does not want that,” Rosengart told reporters outside the courthouse Wednesday. “The notion of her father — or any father — wanting to take a harassing deposition of their daughter … is morally abominable.”
Britney, whose conservatorship was terminated in November 2021, scored another legal win earlier this month when Penny ordered Jamie to sit for a deposition by Aug. 12 and turn over all documents in his possession. (Weingarten said Wednesday that a date has been chosen but did not share it in court.)
During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge issued a tentative ruling that Britney’s former business manager Lou Taylor and her Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group associate Robin Greenhill will also be deposed and have to hand over paperwork related to electronic surveillance.
Tri Star’s attorney Scott Edelman said in a statement to Page Six after the hearing that “today was a great day” for the firm, adding, “We look forward to being deposed, advancing this process and ensuring that the full truth is finally shared.”
Rosengart previously claimed that Tri Star reaped at least $18 million from Britney during the “Toxic” singer’s conservatorship.
Meanwhile, a former employee on Britney’s security team, Alex Vlasov, has alleged that Greenhill helped Jamie surveil the Grammy winner, which another one of Tri Star’s lawyers, Charles Harder, said was “false.”
Since being freed from her conservatorship, Britney has married her longtime love, Sam Asghari, and recorded her first new song in six years, a “Tiny Dancer” duet with Elton John, which Page Six exclusively reported is set to be released in August.
Britney Spears Records New 'Tiny Dancer' Rendition With Elton John Himself!!!(7/25/22) Britney Spears is officially back in the studio, joining forces with Elton John for a remake of one of his greatest hits ... TMZ has confirmed.
Sources with direct knowledge tell us ... the two artists linked up on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to record a new rendition of EJ's "Tiny Dancer."
We're told the song is currently still being mixed. Page Six, which broke the story, reports Britney and Elton actually met up in person at a Beverly Hills studio to cut the song -- and that it's due out through Universal Music in August. Andrew Watt is said to be the overseeing producer. We're told it will be released within a month.
Of course, this is huge news ... as it would mark Britney's official comeback to the music industry -- this after being released from the conservatorship and regaining her freedom.
BS has signaled she wants to get back to work, but has also been taking her time readjusting to a normal life ... and also getting married, among other life adventures. As fans of hers know, Britney still very much has song and dance running through her veins.
She constantly records herself at her home doing new choreography and routines -- and recently, we've heard her clear out her pipes with an oldie-but-goodie song of her own.
Can't wait to hear this one, though!
Britney & Sam Ironclad Prenup in Place ... He Doesn't Get a Dime(6/13/22) Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are officially Mr. and Mrs. -- but it didn't happen before some very serious legal legwork -- to make sure Britney's millions are protected down the road.
Sources close to the newly married couple tell TMZ they have an ironclad prenup in place where Sam doesn't get a dollar from the fortune Brit's made up to this point. The move isn't all that surprising, as we told you ... lawyers were called shortly after the couple got engaged to start figuring things out.
Britney's worth a reported $60 million, and obviously there's a potential for serious earning moving forward ... but she'll retain her entire fortune if things go south for her and Sam.
You'll remember, Asghari joked that HE was the one who wanted the prenup -- to protect his jeep and shoe collection -- but our sources tell us it was obviously Brit's team who got the ball rolling on the legal discussions.
Britney also had a prenup in place before she got married to Kevin Federline.
As we reported, Sam and Britney got married Thursday in Los Angeles at the singer's home. Madonna, Paris Hilton and Selena Gomez were among those in attendance. No one from Britney's family made it to the celebration.
Of course, the day wasn't without some serious drama ... Britney's ex-husband, Jason Alexander, crashed the event hours before it started and was arrested. There's currently a protective order against him to keep him away from Britney and Sam.
Britney Spears Moving Day into Her New Mansion!!! Same 'hood as K-Fed(6/13/22) Britney Spears has a massive new home to go with that new marriage -- and she and Sam Asghari are already packed up to move.
Sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... she plunked down $11.8 million for the mansion in Calabasas. The 11,650 sq. foot home is actually pretty close to where Kevin Federline lives with their 2 sons, Sean and Jayden.
Brit's white Mercedes-Benz was in the driveway Monday, along with moving trucks ... so, it looks like the newlyweds are getting into their new place ASAP.
Sam and Brit's new playground sits on 1.6 acres of land ... its got a huge kitchen, a home movie theatre, and even a room just for gift-wrapping. Christmas is gonna be ??!!!
Outside, they've got a huge pool, complete with a waterslide. Oh, the IG videos Brit's gonna make back there.
This area is home to lots of other big stars -- Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker live there now, and Justin Bieber used to call it his home before he and Hailey moved to Bev Hills.
The move explains why the couple didn't jet outta town on a honeymoon right after their wedding Thursday night at Brit's current home in Thousand Oaks, CA.
According to property records, "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" stars Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman and Todd Bernstein of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage handled the listing and sale, but had no comment.
As for how K-Fed feels about the move -- a source tells us, "Kevin was surprised that of all the neighborhoods she can afford to move to she chose his. As long as his peace and tranquility aren't invaded as a result, more power to her."
Britney Spears Gets 3 Year Restraining Order Against Ex-Husband ... His Bail Set at $100K(6/13/22) Britney Spears' ex, Jason Alexander, cannot contact or bother the singer in any capacity for at least the next 3 years, a judge just issued a restraining order against Britney's ex-husband ... and also hit him with a felony stalking charge.
Alexander pled not guilty at his arraignment Monday on charges stemming from last week's wild incident -- in which he filmed himself sneaking onto the Ventura-area compound where she was set to get hitched ... only to be detained following a scuffle with security/law enforcement.
The judge also added a felony stalking charge to Alexander's case and set his bail at $100,000 ... and he'll have to surrender any firearms he may have in his possession.
As we reported, cops say JA was armed with a knife during the episode, and an emergency protective order was issued on Britney's behalf -- ordering him to steer clear of her and Sam.
He was booked for trespassing, vandalism and battery, for which he could possibly enter a plea Monday. And, he still has another case against him from Northern California ... where he's alleged to have committed grand theft.
In that case ... a woman claims he jacked a pricey bracelet of hers while crashing at her pad in 2015, listed as being worth $2,000. The Napa County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Alexander's arrest shortly thereafter in 2016 -- but he's dodged it thus far, it seems.
After he was arrested at the wedding, the warrant popped up. So, he has to deal with that too. Unclear how the cases might be presented order-wise, but both are on the table.
Britney Spears & Sam Asghari We're Hitched, Y'All!!! Bride Kisses Madonna, Sings with Paris(6/10/22) Britney Spears' wish has come true, she's a married woman, once again -- and despite the wild efforts of one ex-husband -- her wedding to Sam Asghari went off without a hitch.
The bride wore a white Versace gown (as expected) with a long flowing veil, her groom was dashing in a black Versace tuxedo ... as they said their "I Dos" in a short and sweet ceremony in front of about 100 celeb guests and a few family members.
Brit and Sam did it right ... the ceremony -- held under a lavish tent on the property of their Thousand Oaks home -- was a perfect 10 minutes long. The same guy who officiated Paris Hilton's wedding a few months ago -- Rev. Clint Hufft -- did the honors Thursday night.
And, then it was time to party with folks like Madonna, Selena Gomez, Drew Barrymore, Donatella Versace, will.i.am and, of course, Paris ... who played a key role during the festivities. She actually got on the mic, and got Britney to join her as they sang Paris' banger, "Stars Are Blind."
Also in attendance ... Britney's attorney, Mathew Rosengart, who helped free her from her conservatorship.
As for traditions ... the bride and groom opted to pass on most of that stuff. As you know, Britney's mother, sister and father were not there. Nobody gave her away, and they didn't do a first dance.
If you're looking for traditions ... well, Britney and Madonna shared a kiss -- taking everyone back to their iconic VMAs moment. Selena joined them at one point, dancing to "Toxic."
Brit did make several dress changes -- rocking red and black minidresses and a two-tone dress later in the evening, and she wore jewelry designed by Stephanie Gottlieb, including a $100K 27-carat heart-shaped diamond tennis necklace.
One odd family moment ... as we'd told you, Britney's brother, Bryan, was supposed to attend -- he and a date we're all dressed up shortly before the wedding -- but he ended up no-showing for the big night.
We're guessing Britney was unfazed, because the party proceeded.
She and Sam left the ceremony at 10:15 PM in the white Rolls-Royce with red interior that they've been rolling around in most of this week -- and, yes, they did the "Just Married" sign too.
The blushing bride kept her face hidden from photogs as they drove off, but Sam looked pretty damn proud in a black tee with "Britney & Sam" lettering.
The lovebirds met back in 2016 when Sam was booked for Britney's "Slumber Party" music video, and they've since been going strong ... with Sam popping the question in September.
Cut to 9 months later, and they pulled off a successful and spectacular evening ... especially when you consider all the chaos that went down just a few hours before Brit walked down the aisle.
As TMZ first reported, her first ex-hubby, Jason Alexander -- to whom she was married with for 55 hours back in 2004 -- made his way onto the property, into the house and even the wedding tent before security took him down until cops arrived to arrest him.
Alexander was booked for trespassing, vandalism and battery. He remains in custody on an outstanding felony warrant for grand theft out of Napa County.
Despite his frenetic efforts running around her house, Alexander never actually got near to Britney or Sam -- and their dream wedding looked like a huge hit ... for them and their guests.
Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari in fairy-tale wedding(6/9/22) Britney Spears finally got her happily ever after.
The pop star married her fiancé, Sam Asghari, Thursday night in the backyard of her mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The star-studded guest list included Madonna, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore and Donatella Versace, the latter of whom designed Spears’ dress for her fairy-tale wedding.
The bride’s attorney, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, and backup dancers from her Las Vegas residency, “Piece of Me,” were also in attendance.
However, Spears’ estranged parents, Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears, and her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, were not there — nor were her sons, Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15.
Her brother, Bryan Spears, was the only immediate family member on hand.
The big day started out chaotically, as the “Womanizer” singer’s first husband, Jason Alexander, was arrested outside her home early Thursday afternoon after attempting to crash the wedding.
A source told Page Six exclusively that Spears was “shaken” by the incident but refused to let it “get her down.” Rosengart, meanwhile, told us that he was “working closely with law enforcement to ensure Mr. Alexander is aggressively prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Spears, 40, and Asghari, 28, got engaged in September 2021 after nearly five years of dating.
After the actor proposed, the former Mouseketeer quickly got to work on drafting a prenuptial agreement with the help of a family law attorney, according to documents obtained by Page Six at the time.
Spears said during an impassioned court speech in June 2021 that she had wanted to tie the knot and have a child with Asghari sooner but was not allowed due to her restrictive conservatorship, which controlled her personal life and money from February 2008 until its termination in November 2021.
“I have an [IUD] in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby, and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” she told a Los Angeles judge at the time. “I feel ganged up on, I feel bullied, and I feel left out and alone.”
Following the dissolution of the 13-year legal arrangement, the “Toxic” singer and Asghari announced in April that she was pregnant. She suffered a miscarriage in May, but the couple have vowed to “continue trying to expand our beautiful family.”
Spears met Asghari in October 2016 when the chiseled personal trainer played her love interest in her “Slumber Party” music video.
They started dating soon after, with the Grammy winner making their relationship Instagram-official in January 2017.
Spears and Asghari made several public appearances together in the years that followed, including at the GLAAD Media Awards in April 2018 and the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere in July 2019.
“Sam has been a huge support for Britney,” a source told Page Six in June 2021. “He helps boost her confidence.”
The “Crossroads” actress was previously married to Alexander, a childhood friend from Louisiana, for an infamous 55 hours in January 2004 and backup dancer-turned-DJ Kevin Federline, who is the father of her sons, from October 2004 to July 2007.
Britney Spears’ ex-husband Jason Alexander attempts to crash singer’s wedding(6/9/22) Britney Spears’ ex-husband Jason Alexander attempted to crash the pop superstar’s wedding to Sam Asghari at her home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Thursday.
Alexander, 40, was restrained outside by event security before police officers showed up, according to TMZ.
Alexander documented his break-in live on Instagram, making it to the second story of Spears’ home and even inside her wedding tent.
In the footage, he spoke with event security, telling them that Spears had invited him to the wedding. After some resistance, Alexander threatened to crash her big day. A physical struggle ensued before his phone froze and cut out.
Page Six can confirm that the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department responded to a trespassing call at Spears’ house.
“Jason Alexander has been handcuffed, taken into custody and arrested. I express my thanks to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department for their prompt response and good work,” Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, tells Page Six exclusively.
“I’m working closely with law enforcement to ensure Mr. Alexander is aggressively prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the former federal prosecutor adds.
Though Alexander expressed public support for Spears throughout her controversial conservatorship battle — and notably attended several #FreeBritney rallies — he has an alarming history of lurking outside homes of the singer’s family.
Spears’ relatives were “disturbed” after learning that Alexander visited their homes unannounced in January, a source exclusively told Page Six at the time.
“They think it’s incredibly inappropriate and downright weird,” the source told us.
“It’s bad enough that the family has to deal with fans getting too close for comfort, but they’d like to think they can expect more from Jason, who claims to still have so much love and respect for Britney,” the source added.
Alexander showed up to Britney’s mother Lynne Spears’ Serenity estate in Kentwood, La., and posted two videos and a photo of the exterior to his private Instagram account.
“Daddy Spears hiding behind gates @britneyspears,” he captioned one post, referencing Britney’s estranged father and former conservator, Jamie Spears, who has been divorced from Lynne, 66, since 2002 and now lives in a motor home close to Serenity.
At the time, Alexander revealed plans to visit Britney’s childhood home, which Jamie, 69, sold for $275,000 in February 2021, as well as the camper that Britney’s uncle Willie Spears lives in. It remains unclear if he ever did.
Alexander has previously been arrested for violating an order of protection and stalking an unidentified woman in December 2021. He pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 4 and was ordered to serve nearly a year of probation.
It marked Alexander’s third arrest in 13 months. He had been taken into police custody for driving under the influence in January 2021 and breaking security protocols at an airport in August.
Alexander, a childhood friend of Britney’s, was married to the Grammy winner for a mere 55 hours in 2004. By October of that year, she wed now-ex-husband Kevin Federline, with whom she shares sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15.
Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told Page Six that Britney’s children were not attending her wedding to Asghari, though they wish their mom the best.
“They think the focus of this day should be on Britney and Sam, and they are very happy for her moving forward,” Kaplan said.
Page Six confirmed on Thursday that Britney, 40, and Asghari, 28, are tying the knot in a small ceremony in front of 50 family members and friends.
The couple met on the 2016 set of Britney’s “Slumber Party” music video. They got engaged in September 2021 after five years of dating.
Following Britney’s long-awaited conservatorship termination, the duo announced in April that they were expecting their first baby together.
However, Britney sadly suffered a miscarriage last month.
“One beautiful thing that I heard was when the baby’s ready, it’ll come,” Asghari told GQ in May of their future family plans. “When the baby’s ready it’ll be the right time.”
Britney Spears Set To Marry Sam Thursday ... Intimate Ceremony with Close Friends and Fam!!!(6/8/22) Britney Spears is all set to walk down the aisle and marry her fiancé Sam Asghari in an intimate ceremony.
Sources close to the singer tell TMZ the pair are getting married Thursday in front of a very-exclusive and small guest list of about 100 people. We're told Britney's brother, Bryan, is expected to be in attendance -- but her mom, dad and sister, Jamie Lynn, will not be there.
Our sources say it's not yet been decided who will give Britney away at the altar, as final details are still being worked out.
BS posted a video of herself with Sam Wednesday and her nails were certainly looking wedding ready as she and Sam rode around town sipping champagne in a Rolls-Royce.
The wedding's been in the works for months ... remember, Sam popped the question back in September, not long after he was spotted shopping for rings.
Britney and Sam have been living it up during their engagement ... jet setting to Cabo, Cancun, Las Vegas and Hawaii ... where they were riding jet skis, booking lavish suites and dining in the trendiest restaurants.
Unclear what Britney will wear for the big event, but she documented a visit from Donatella Versace in March -- so that could've been a big hint on who designed her dress.
Britney made it clear she wanted to get married, buy a house and have kids following the end of her conservatorship ... so she's close to checking off a significant part of that list.
While Britney and Sam announced she was pregnant back in April, she says she tragically suffered a miscarriage ... though BS says the couple is still trying to have a baby.
The couple met way back in 2016 on the set of Britney's music video for "Slumber Party" and have been smitten with one another ever since.
This will be Britney's third time walking down the aisle -- she was previously married to Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline -- and the first for Sam.
Britney Spears Says She’s Suffered Miscarriage: “We Lost Our Miracle Baby”(5/14/22) Britney Spears has lost her first child with fiancé Sam Asghari.
The pop star broke the news of her miscarriage in a statement posted to her Instagram feed on Sunday. “It is with our deepest sadness we have to announce that we lost our miracle baby early in the pregnancy,” she and Asghari wrote in a joint statement. “This is a devastating time for any parent. Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along. However we were overly excited to share the good news.”
Spears and Asghari went on to say that it’s their “love for each other” that’s giving them strength at this difficult moment. “We will continue trying to expand our beautiful family. We are grateful for all of your support,” the pair continued. ” We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult moment.”
Spears and Asghari have been engaged since September of last year, and first announced the pregnancy in April—around five months after Spears’ 13-year-long conservatorship came to an end. In response to Spears’ Instagram post, Asghari commented, “We will have a miracle soon.”
Spears shares teenage sons Jayden and Preston with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Britney Spears says she is pregnant(4/11/22) Britney Spears revealed on Monday that she is pregnant.
The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker, who last year was freed from a conservatorship that gave her father Jamie Spears control over her financial, healthcare and professional decisions, shared that she is expecting a new addition to her family with her husband Sam Asghari but first thought she was just “food pregnant.”
The 40-year-old pop star – who part of the controversial legal arrangement had a contraceptive device fitted – wrote on Instagram on Monday: ” So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby … 4 days later I got a little more food pregnant It’s growing !!! If 2 are in there … I might just loose (sic) it … I obviously won’t be going out as much due to the paps getting their money shot of me like they unfortunately already have …”
Spears, who already has two sons Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden, 15, with her ex Kevin Federline, admitted that he she experienced mental health issues during her previous pregnancies when “women didn’t talk about it.”
“It’s hard because when I was pregnant I had perinatal depression,” she said. “I have to say it is absolutely horrible … women didn’t talk about it back then … some people considered it dangerous if a woman complained like that with a baby inside her … but now women talk about it everyday … thank Jesus we don’t have to keep that pain a reserved proper secret … This time I will be doing yoga every day !!! Spreading lots of joy and love!!!
The ‘Circus’ hitmaker was inspired to find out after her recent trip to Hawaii and wondering “what happened to” her tummy. “I lost so much weight to go on my Maui trip only to gain it back … I thought “Geez … what happened to my stomach ???” My husband said “No you’re food pregnant silly!!!”
Britney Spears vows to sue ex-biz manager: ‘They were trying to kill me’(2/23/22) Britney Spears vowed to sue her former business management company Wednesday, saying she felt so helpless in the hands of the firm’s founder that she feared for her life.
“I will sue the s–t out of Tri Star !!!!” the pop star, 40, wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
Spears claimed her estranged father, Jamie Spears, “worshipped” both Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group founder Lou Taylor and her associate Robin Greenhill.
“[He] would have done anything they asked of him !!!!” she wrote. “I think they were trying to kill me … I still to this very day believe that’s EXACTLY what they were trying to do.”
Jamie, 69, employed Tri Star as the business manager of Britney’s estate shortly after placing her under a conservatorship in 2008. The company worked with the “Toxic” singer for over a decade before resigning in the fall of 2020.
A Los Angeles judge terminated Britney’s conservatorship in November 2021 after she accused her dad and managers of abuse during a damning court hearing that summer.
“Nobody else would have lived through what they did to me !!!” Britney continued in Wednesday’s post. “I lived through all of if [sic] and I remember all of it !!!!”
Taylor’s attorney, Charles Harder, said in a statement to Page Six that Britney’s claims on Instagram were “entirely false as well as highly offensive, damaging and unacceptable.”
Jamie’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
All eyes have been on Tri Star since the New York Times released its “Controlling Britney Spears” documentary in September 2021, which included claims that Jamie, Taylor, Greenhill and Black Box Security president Edan Yemini had monitored the Grammy winner’s phone and bugged her bedroom while she was under the conservatorship.
Jamie’s then-lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen, said his “actions were done with the knowledge and consent of Britney,” while Tri Star and Black Box denied wrongdoing.
But Britney’s high-powered attorney, Mathew Rosengart, called the allegations a “shameful and shocking violation of her privacy rights and civil liberties” and has continued to investigate them, most recently calling on former FBI special agent Sherine Ebadi, who in January corroborated that Jamie had spied on his daughter.
Rosengart has repeatedly requested depositions from Jamie, Taylor and Greenhill, all of whom have yet to sit down with the former federal prosector to testify under oath.
Britney Spears is leaving longtime LA home as conservatorship ends(2/23/22) Britney Spears is saying no more.
Three months after her 13-year conservatorship came to end, the pop singer is ready to make a lot of changes in her life — and that includes giving up her longtime California abode.
Spears, who turned 40 in December, took to Instagram to announce she is leaving her Thousand Oaks home she spent more than six years in and is shopping around for a new place.
“So this is the view from my room … It’s pretty spectacular,” Spears wrote alongside a video of the sun setting over her backyard. “I’ve lived in this house for seven years and I’m in the process of buying a new home … It’s time for change!”
“I’ve been pretty modest about the home I live in now,” she continued. “I know you guys have seen me dance in my living room … But honestly I have three living rooms. Maybe one day I’ll give you guys a tour, but until then here’s the pink sky!”
The “Oops! … I Did It Again” singer, who is currently working on a tell-all book in a landmark deal worth $15 million, purchased the five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home for $7.4 million in October 2015.
Spanning a colossal 20 acres, the estate is estimated to be worth over $10 million, according to Zillow. It has yet to hit the market.
Regularly posting dance videos on social media from her living room, Spears spent the majority of the pandemic holed up inside the home.
Tucked in a gated enclave, the Italianate villa opens to a marble-floored foyer that leads into a carpeted great room with a 35-foot-high ceiling and a fireplace.
The formal living room is anchored by a limestone mantelpiece, while its oak-paneled library — outfitted with built-in bookshelves — boasts Parquet de Versailles floors and its own hearth.
A kitchen with a center island connects to the informal dining room with a bay window.
On the second floor is the primary suite, replete with a private terrace with mountain views and a marble bathroom. Neighboring it are with four guest bedrooms and a media room.
The estate also showcases a 1,200-square-foot poolside pavilion with its own full kitchen, bath and 3,500-bottle wine cellar, plus a rear motor court with access to a six-car garage, flowering gardens, an infinity pool, a stand-alone spa and a fruitful orchard.
Also on the grounds is a lighted tennis court and a three-hole golf course.
Britney Spears Lands Multimillion-Dollar Book Deal(2/21/22) Britney Spears has landed a multimillion-dollar book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster. The big bucks pact came together over the past few months, Deadline has confirmed from sources close to the situation.
According to the New York Post‘s Page Six, the deal is priced at $15 million, and will cover topics including her professional and her personal lives. Page Six was first to report the deal.
Deadline has reached out to Simon & Schuster for comment.
The deal comes just over four months after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge formally ended the conservatorship that controlled the 40-year-old Spears’ life for nearly 14 years.
Sources say the book deal is unrelated to the publication last month of Things I Should Have Said, the memoir by sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Britney Spears had lashed out at her sister’s book, writing, “Congrats best seller…..The nerve of you to sell a book now and talk s—t but your f—king lying…..I wish you would take a lie detector test so all these masses of people see you’re lying through your teeth about me !!!! I wish the almighty, Lord would could come down and show this whole world that you’re lying and making money off of me !!!! You are scum, Jamie Lynn.”
A subsequent cease and desist salvo from Britney Spears’ lawyer Matthew Rosengart read, “Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she.”
Britney Spears Invited By Congressmen To Share Her Story In D.C.(2/16/22) Britney Spears was invited by two U.S. lawmakers, Democrats Charlie Crist of Florida and Eric Swalwell of California, to “meet with us in Congress” and share her struggle to end the conservatorship her father Jamie oversaw that controlled much of her life.
“There is no doubt that your story will empower countless others outside the millions that are already inspired by you and your art,” the congressmen wrote in a December 1 letter to the singer.
Spears posted the invitation on Instagram today writing, “I received this letter months ago…An invitation to share my story…I was immediately flattered and at the time I wasn’t nearly at the healing stage I’m in now.”
She continued with an acknowledgement to the congressional duo.
“I’m grateful that my story was even ACKNOWLEDGED!!!” wrote Spears. “Because of the letter, I felt heard and like I mattered for the first time in my life !!!”
Last November, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge formally ended the conservatorship that controlled Spears’ life for nearly 14 years and later gave Spears the power to execute financial documents related to her estate.
Father Jamie Spears and others had controlled those decisions since 2008.
Britney Spears Formally Free From Conservatorship, Judge Rules(11/12/21) For the first time in almost 14 years, Britney Spears can finally hold a pen to paper.
The 40-year-old Princess of Pop is finally able to sign her own paperwork and manage her finances following the end of her conservatorship.
According to Variety, Judge Brenda J. Penny granted those rights back to Spears at a hearing on Wednesday.
The “Toxic” singer’s attorney Mathew Rosengart, went to Los Angeles Superior Courthouse on her behalf.
Following the hearing, outside the courthouse Rosengart said that while this win for Spears is a minor one, the judge has granted her the power to endorse documents herself, meaning “she has the power to do whatever she wants to do.”
Rosengart also spoke to Judge Penny after the court hearing, saying his client, “as an independent woman, not under conservatorship,” should be able to write documents herself.
In 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie was appointed her conservator and has been in control of her finances and other major decisions since.
The lengthy conservatorship was fully terminated on Nov. 12 by Judge Penny. However, Spears’ accountant John Zabel was given power of execution of the estate trust and power to transfer assets into the trust.
Wednesday’s hearing has instructed Zabel to continue work until Jan. 19, when the next hearing is set to take place.
Jamie was called on the phone during the court hearing and his lawyer, Alex Weingarten, asked Penny for the Grammy winner’s father to have access to the estate plan.
But Zabel’s attorney, also present in the courtroom, strongly objected to this motion, saying, “In a normal situation, a normal person would never have to show their estate plan” to their family or friends.
Rosengart also alleged outside the courtroom that Jamie didn’t cooperate with his demands for certain documents that his law firm feels will “shed light in regard to his abuses and the alleged conduct.” He added that if Spears’ father doesn’t comply with his requests, his firm will serve him a deposition.
“We served papers for his deposition. He did not appear for his deposition the first time; he did not appear for his deposition a second time, so he has not yet been deposed,” the attorney explained. “But he will be deposed in this case. I look forward to taking his deposition.”
Britney Spears Formally Free From Conservatorship, Judge Rules(11/12/21) After 13 years, #FreeBritney is now more than just a hashtag.
“The court agrees to the termination of the conservatorship,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled Friday, in favor of Britney Spears.
Aside from some self-described “administrative” matters to wrap everything up, the packed hearing this afternoon in downtown Los Angeles put an effective end to the conservatorship that has controlled almost every aspect of Spears’ life since 2008. Agreed to by all the lawyers in the courtroom, the somewhat expected result follows a turbulent year for the singer and the restrictive legal entanglement she has been snared in.
As the one-time Princess of Pop’s lawyer Matthew Rosengart presented a plan to terminate the conservatorship, today marked the culmination of a summer of virtual court appearances by the 39-year-old singer, fiery filings filled with invectives and accusations from multiple parties, and several timely documentaries that put the ultimately court-controlled conservatorship under a very public magnifying glass.
Proclaiming that the “time has come to end the conservatorship” right at the start of the hearing, Rosengart described the “safety net” that has been put in place for both his client and the winding down of the long-standing arrangement. A “termination care plan” for the singer and a financial plan, filed today under seal by attorneys for temporary co-conservator CPA John Zabel, will help buffer the transition, Rosengart noted.
With future hearings set for December 8 and January 19, 2022 in Penny’s courtroom, the only “caveat” to complete termination of the conservatorship, according to Rosengart, are giving some necessary “limited administrative powers” to Zabel. Those powers will enable the temporary co-conservator to “transfer assets out of the trust into the trust” and the “execution of estate plan documents.”
Pushing for an end to the conservatorship for his own legal reasons, Britney’s father and former co-conservator Jamie Spears dialed in to today’s hearing with his newly minted lawyer Alex M. Weingarten in the courtroom. After coming up short in the last hearing in late September, the elder Spears ditched his long-standing Holland & Knight team for the Willkie Farr & Galagher LP partner.
Spears’ supporters have been outside the downtown Los Angeles courthouse for every hearing in this increasingly high-profile case since last year. Today, with the feeling buoyant that the end of the conservatorship was in sight, a larger and even louder than usual crowd gathered on L.A.’s Grand Avenue to await the outcome of the proceedings inside.
In a beat-filled social media post by Spears’ fiancé Sam Asghari on Thursday, the singer and her spouse paid direct tribute to the #FreeBritney masses.
Of course, even with Friday’s decision there remains some legal mopping up to do as the financials of Spears’ $60 million estate are sorted through. In that process, and with the drama simmering, Jamie Spears and his daughter’s former business manager Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group are now under scrutiny as Rosengart and others follow the money.
Rosengart, a former prosecutor, has been pushing the resistant Tri Star to hand over documents on its work for his client and on the conservatorship from 2008-2018. Additionally, even with the elder Spears knocked off his once powerful co-conservatorship perch by the court on September 29 due to the “toxic environment” between the father and daughter, Jamie Spears is still facing calls to sit for a deposition in the matter.
Adding to the situation that Britney Spears herself has called “abusive” in a previous hearing this past summer, her seemingly supportive mother Lynne Spears wants her daughter’s estate to shell out for her legal fees and more.
Britney Spears has pushed back hard on that in a since-deleted social media post from earlier this month.
“She secretly ruined my life,” the singer said of her mother, who was an advocate for her daughter to ditch her court-appointed attorney and bring Rosengart aboard this summer. “My dad may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago …but what people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea.”
As recommend by Rosengart, Zabel was officially appointed as the interim fiduciary advisor and temporary conservator of the business and financial side of Spears’ affairs after the September 29 hearing. Added to the matter in 2019, Jodi Montgomery remains the co-conservator in charge of Spears’ personal and medical matters for the time being until the hearings later this year and in early 2022.
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Britney Spears Thanks #FreeBritney Movement For “Freeing Me From My Conservatorship”(10/4/21) Less than a week after a California judge removed Britney Spears’ father from his powerful role in the conservatorship that has ruled the singer’s life since 2008, the one-time Princess of Pop has directly addressed recent events and her fans for the first time.
On a day when Facebook and Instagram were down for hours, a vacationing Spears took to Twitter to say thank you to her #FreeBritney supporters for “your constant resilience in freeing me from my conservatorship.”
After a tumultuous summer of Los Angeles Superior Court appearances, resignations, new lawyers, a Spears family civil war, and some very disturbing surveillance revelations courtesy of New York Times reporting, Judge Brenda Penny on September 29 temporarily suspended Jamie Spears from his co-conservatorship role. Up until last week, the elder Spears has essentially been in charge of his 39-year old daughter’s $60 million fortune and career for 13-years – the last two of which haven’t seen Britney perform or put out any music.
With a recommended CPA now in charge of the business portion of the recently engaged Britney Spears’ life, the next schedule court hearing of November 12 will likely see the termination of the actually conservatorship kick into play.
A long-ish game the elder Spears is none too pleased with, as he made clear on September 30.
“Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr. Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer,” a long statement issued via Jamie Spears’ lead lawyer Vivian Thoreen said. Unlike an immediate termination, the suspension means the elder Spears has to hand over all the files and accounting on the conservatorship — material that Briteny’s lawyer Matthew Rosengart has said opening in court and in court filings he expects to be damning for the patriarch.
At the September 29 hearing, Thoreen exclaimed that she would fight the suspension, only to be informed by Judge Penny it was not appealable. The Holland & Knight LLP attorney also cited the requirements of the statute surrounding conservatorships to demand that Britney Spears sit down for an interview on the matter within 48 hours. Judge Penny had to tell Thoreen that the measure is only applicable if a new conservator is being appointed, not a temporary one, as is the case here.
What actually get turned over to the new John Zabel-led conservatorship team, which includes the business manager the elder Spears himself picked out, in a timely fashion remains to be seen — like so much in this sordid case.
Britney Spears has no plans to perform after conservatorship: report(10/2/21) Extra, extra this just in: Britney Spears won’t be returning to the stage once her conservatorship is done with, according to TMZ.
Performing just isn’t a priority for the 39-year-old singer, and unfortunately for fans there’s reportedly a slim chance she’ll be doing it again soon.
The report falls in line with Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph, resigning from her team in July and citing the pop star’s desire to “officially retire.”
“It has been over 2½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus,” Rudolph, who worked with Spears for 25 years, said at the time.
Plus, Britney told the court in June that she felt “enslaved” by her father, Jamie Spears, throughout her conservatorship while performing endlessly for years.
“In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away: credit card, phone, passport,” the “Slave 4 U” singer told the court over the phone.
Thankfully, if Spears ever does decide to return to the stage, it won’t be under her father’s thumb thanks to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny.
On Sept. 29 the judge removed Jamie from his daughter’s conservatorship after 13 years — calling his control over Britney’s life “toxic.”
Penny’s ruling came the same week Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, petitioned the court to suspend Jamie from her conservatorship “immediately.”
Rosengart also requested to appoint certified public accountant John Zabel as Spears’ temporary conservator which Judge Penny approved.
Britney Spears’ Repressive 13-Year Long Conservatorship Set To End In November; Dad Booted From Powerful Perch By Judge(9/29/21) The harsh and much criticized conservatorship that has dominated Britney Spears’ life for more than a decade isn’t over, but the onetime Princess of Pop is now free of her father’s direct control, a California judge ruled Wednesday.
In a packed hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court this afternoon, Judge Brenda Penny agreed with the passionate request of the younger Spears and her personally picked legal team that it was time for Jamie Spears to be suspended from his perch overseeing her nearly $60 million fortune and career.
“It’s simple, it’s logical, it’s fair and it’s just,” Britney Spears’ primary lawyer Matthew Rosengart said about the suspension of the elder Spears during the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court downtown. “She doesn’t want a settlement with her father, she doesn’t want mediation with her father, she doesn’t want delay,” the formal federal prosecutor told Penny this afternoon.
“The current situation is not tenable,” Judge Penny said regarding the “toxic environment” of the relationship between the pop singer and her estranged father. Unlike previous court hearings this past summer on the conservatorship, Britney Spears herself was not present, in person or via the phone, Jamie Spears and his ex-wife Lynn both participated today via phone.
A CPA has been appointed as a temporary co-conservator until at least December 31. However, it is expected that the termination process will go into full effect after the next hearing set for November 12.
“Absolutely, there should and must be termination,” Rosengart told the court, stealing much of Jamie Spears and his lawyers’ thunder. “My client wants, my client needs an orderly transition,” the attorney added
Heading towards that November hearing, Jamie Spears, under his fiduciary duties, is expected to hand off all files relating to the conservatorship team in a timely matter. That team, it should be noted, includes the newly minted co-conservator, but also the business manager that the elder Spears handpicked to handle his daughter’s affairs.
The hard fought removal of the elder Spears from the conservatorship saw roars and chants of “free by 40” from the nearly 100 assembled #freebritney supporters outside the courthouse entrance on Grand Avenue.
Today’s anticipated hearing comes after a summer of virtual court appearances by the 39-year-old singer and on the heels of weeks of fiery filings filled with invectives and accusations from multiple parties. The long-scheduled hearing Wednesday also follows a trio of timely documentaries putting the ultimately court-controlled conservatorship under magnifying glasses of varying poignancy.
In a potential crafty move, as his own behavior and role over the past 13 years has come under a harsh spotlight, the elder Spears moved on September 7 to terminate the conservatorship altogether. The dramatic reversal on the part of Jamie Spears would have allowed the estranged patriarch to sidestep further probes into his conduct over the decades in regards to Britney’s cash and her agency.
A termination could have also seen Penny ordering that the younger Spears undergo a medical and/or psychological examination to determine her competency. Whether Britney Spears can take care of herself and her affairs has always been a point of contention since the conservatorship was slapped on her in 2008 after a series of highly charged public situations.
Clearly not happy at all, Jamie Spears’ primary attorney Vivian Thoreen adopted an almost scorched Earth approach as it became obvious the proceedings were not going in her client’s favor.
Early on the Holland & Knight LLP lawyer formally disputing the growing scandal of extensive spying on Britney Spears by security teams authorized by her father, as reported by the New York Times late last week in print and on video. Later, Thoreen suggested the courtroom be sealed so a discussion could be had about the singer’s medical issues and care. That didn’t didn’t fly far with Judge Penny and fizzled fast.
After the suspension order was granted, Thoreen demanded to know if Britney Spears was to be interviewed over the next 48 hours over the changes in the conservatorship, as stipulated by the statute. A patient, but not too patient, Judge Penny had to correct Thoreen’s understanding of the letter of the law. The LASC judge explained such a sit-down with a conservatee is only necessary when a permanent conservator is being appointed, not at temporary one as in this case.
After already pushing this past week for Jamie Spears’ immediate suspension and insinuating that a “serious investigation” and more charges may come from claims in the FX and Hulu film Controlling Britney Spears that the performer’s father and security team monitored her every move and word (including in her own bedroom), Rosengart, who was hired in July, stepped it up a notch yesterday in an already high-pitched affair.
“Mr. Spears’s desperation to avoid suspension is self-evident and self-serving,” said the Greenberg Traurig lawyer in an objection document placed in the LASC docket after Jamie Spears threw up the legal equivalent of dust over his own fate. “He wants to escape justice and accountability (but will not) and he will evidently do or say anything to avoid it,” added Rosengart’s filing (read it here). “He knows that when he is suspended he must turn over the conservatorship files, including purported attorney-client privileged documents (communications with his lawyers), to the new temporary conservator.”
Rosengart has nominated CPA John Zabel to replace Britney Spears’ father as co-conservator. In the opening reaction in the eleventh-hour skirmish, Jamie Spears’ Holland & Knight LLP lawyer on Monday called Zabel unqualified to oversee such a complex estate and essentially unnecessary.
“There is no need for a temporary conservator because there is no vacancy in the position of conservator,” the elder Spears’ attorneys declared in their own filing. “Mr. Spears continues to serve faithfully as Conservator of the Estate, as he has done for the past thirteen years. Mr. Spears has not and should not be suspended, especially since the Conservatorship should soon be terminated.”
Adding more last-minute drama before this afternoon’s hearing, Britney Spears’ other co-conservator, Jodi Montgomery, who has handled the singer’s personal and medical affairs since 2019, pulled her $50,000-a-month request for 24/7 security as public scrutiny of the conservatorship has increased in recent months.
After battling with Jamie Spears since early July over approval of the pricey bill from Black Box Security, Montgomery filed a notice of withdrawal (read it here) this morning, saying the additional protection is “no longer needed at this time.”
Of course, the fact that Black Box and its leadership team are being accused of participating in the invasive surveillance of Britney Spears on behalf of her father probably wasn’t a good look for Montgomery anymore.
Amid Rosengart’s call for a new hearing on the matter, federal officials are reportedly looking into an investigation of the allegations in the New York Times-produced Controlling Britney Spears documentary that came out Friday as a follow-up to the Emmy-nominated Framing Britney Spears.
Britney Spears Says Much of CNN Special 'Untrue' ... But Looking for Fresh Start(9/27/21) Britney Spears is warning fans and viewers of a new documentary about her conservatorship to take it with a grain of salt ... because she claims a lot of the information is untrue.
According to our sources ... Britney's latest Instagram post is specifically calling out the CNN special -- "Toxic: Britney Spears' Battle For Freedom" -- that debuted Sunday night, and she has a list of reasons why she's not down with it.
Aside from Britney claiming it's loaded with inaccuracies -- even though she says she's only watched a little bit of it -- she suggests that it's all about stuff that happened in the past ... and she's trying to move forward.
Brit also seems to take issue with the dialogue not being very "classy," doesn't like the footage they used of her ... and implies the general tone of the special is unkind.
Now, while we're told she's referring to the CNN special, it's actually another one -- the new NYT documentary, "Controlling Britney Spears" -- that made more headlines for the allegation her father, Jamie Spears, recorded her bedroom conversations.
So far, at least, Britney's staying mum on that claim, but as we reported ... her attorney Mathew Rosengart will almost certainly raise the alleged recordings during Wednesday's conservatorship hearing.
Strangely, the singer's IG post takes a left turn where she focuses on her "Rose Project" and how she once kissed Madonna and suffers from social anxiety.
Then, she reveals she's wearing white for her post for "new beginnings" ... which possibly alludes to her huge court hearing and her father finally stepping down as her conservator.
Britney Spears Lawyer Suggests Jamie May Take the 5th ... Over Secret Bedroom Recordings(9/27/21) Britney Spears' lawyer is outraged and indignant over revelations his client was secretly recorded even in her bedroom, and he's filed legal docs suggesting Jamie Spears and the conservators may have committed a crime.
Attorney, Mathew Rosengart, is referring to the NYT doc, "Controlling Britney Spears," in which a former member of the security team Jamie hired claims there are hours and hours of recordings that should never have been made, especially those in Britney's bedroom.
Rosengart says in his docs ... some of what was captured may involve the attorney/client relationship, which are "a sacrosanct part of the legal system." Rosengart notes California is a 2-party state -- meaning all parties on a recording must have given their prior approval to be recorded, and if they're not, it's a crime.
And, Rosengart seems to have his sights set on Jamie for Wednesday's big hearing, and it seems this issue is coming up as even more ammo to get Jamie out of the conservatorship.
What's more ... Rosengart makes it clear in the docs ... he's going to depose Jamie and will ask about the recordings, and if Jamie invokes the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination, it will be telling.
Rosengart's latest filing makes it clear ... he's doubling down to get Jamie out, but Britney's dad has already all but said he'll be gone for good Wednesday.
And, Rosengart ends with this ... once Jamie's gone, there must be a "prompt termination of the conservatorship."
Britney Spears Plans For Prenup Amidst New Push For Father’s Fast Exit From Conservatorship(9/22/21) Britney Spears is going to have a prenuptial agreement with new fiancé Sam Asghari and that’s now part of the reason she wants her purse strings holding father to exit her repressive conservatorship ASAP.
Just two weeks after Jamie Spears unexpectedly moved to wind down the 13-year old legal arrangement, the much speculated revelations of the twice previously married Toxic singer’s decision to seek financial protection before saying her new vows came in a court filing today by Spears’ Greenberg Traurig LLP lawyers …and it ain’t unicorns and roses.
“While the present Termination Petition is fully supported by Ms. Spears and also consented to by Conservator of the Person Jodi Montgomery subject to proper transition and asset protection, the Termination Petition also speaks emphatically in support of the primary, present issue before the Court: the immediate and necessary suspension of Mr. Spears, by no later than September 29th,” says Spears’ primary attorney Matthew Rosengart in the LA Superior Court filing Wednesday.
After a summer of repeated high drama in Judge Brenda Penny’s DTLA courtroom and on the docket, the next upcoming hearing on Spears’ conservatorship has been long set for the end of this month, with an ever growing agenda.
“As we have previously stated, Britney Spears’s life matters. Britney Spears’s well-being matters,” today’s dense nine-page filing states. “And under the circumstances, every day matters because every day Mr. Spears clings to his post is another day of anguish and harm to his daughter, which is avoidable via immediate suspension.”
In his September 7 filing, the elder Spears, who controls the financial aspects of his daughter’s life, her nearly $60 million fortune and her career, offered to do his part to begin a “transition” end the conservatorship. “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance,” Jamie Spears’ Holland & Knight LLP lawyers wrote.
Staining the issue even more, the elder Spears was looking for a payout of around $2 million before walking away from his offspring’s affairs. A situation that resembles nothing less than another self interested queasy set of sticky fingers in this self-described “Kafkaesque nightmare,” as today’s filing calls the conservatorship that has been in place since the younger Spears’ very public meltdown of sorts in 2008.
Of course, despite all the public attention, #freebritney placards and acclaimed documentaries on the matter, ultimately it is up to Judge Penny as to how this unravels or progresses. Potentially the younger Spears, who noticably has not directly petitioned herself to end the conservatorship, could face a medical evaluation and other subsequent fallout. In Wednesday’s filing, Britney Spear’s lawyer Rosengart said he anticipated the conservatorship would end “completely and inevitably” by the end of this year.
However, to that harried timeline, now there’s a whole new factor in Britney Spears’ life – a looming new marriage.
“Further, to all the reasons why immediate suspension always has been required, we now can add another essential one: as has been publicly reported, Ms. Spears recently became engaged,” the second supplement petition in as many months from Team Britney declares.
“With Ms. Spears’s consent and pursuant to her instructions, Ms. Spears and the undersigned counsel are in the process of engaging a family law attorney to craft a prenuptial agreement,” the filing goes on to say. “The prenuptial agreement process will require communications with and cooperation from the Conservator of her Estate but, as referenced above and well-established in the record, given that Ms. Spears’s relationship with that Conservator (her father) is broken, Mr. Spears’s continued involvement would impede the ability to negotiate and consummate a contract that all can agree is in Ms. Spears’s best interests.”
AKA – Britney wants control of her money, how she spends it and how she protects it, so get lost. Spears actually had a prenup with husband #2 Kevin Federline, which saw her paying out around $500,000 a year for the three years the parents of two were together.
In an another bit of throwback, the search for a family law attorney resembles Rosengart’s request earlier this summer to have forensic CPA Jason Rubin replace Jamie Spears in the conservatorship. Still, the suspension or resignation of the elder Spears would still leave co-conservator Jodi Montgomery in charge of the performer’s health and personal matters, as she has been since late 2019.
In a statement to Deadline this morning, lawyer Rosengart made sure to put the elder Spears, who Britney Spears has called “abusive” and demanded an investigation of, on further notice.
“We have exposed Mr. Spears’s efforts to obtain a quid pro quo payout, while also making clear that Britney Spears will no longer be bullied,” the former prosector said. “In the interim, we are moving forward with our July 26, 2021 Petition for the Suspension of James P. Spears, which is a prerequisite to the immediate restoration of my client’s dignity and fundamental rights,” Rosengart added.
“Our investigation into the financial and other abusive conduct at issue is ongoing.”
With the September 29 court hearing on the conservatorship now officially a battle royale, CNN, Netflix and others have rolled out specials and documentaries to conveniently catch the media wave.
As for the one-time Princess of Pop herself …after a brief break from social media around the time her and longtime beau Asghari announced their engagement, Britney Spears was online yesterday talking about her now teen sons in only the way a Mum can.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship to be explored in new Netflix doc(9/21/21) “Hi. My name is Britney Spears.”
The 39-year-old singer’s recognizable voice anchors a new teaser trailer that dropped Tuesday for Netflix’s forthcoming documentary, “Britney vs Spears.”
In the clip, Spears can be heard leaving a voice message for her lawyer on January 21, 2009, at approximately 12:29 a.m.
“Hi. My name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship…” she says in the trailer.
Britney Spears’ lengthy and controversial 13-year conservatorship will be examined in “Britney vs Spears.” A full trailer will be released on Wednesday, Netflix said, and a release date has not been revealed.
The doc is directed by Erin Lee Carr and has been in the works for over a year.
The film centers around Spears’ conservatorship and will also feature people who know the “Womanizer” singer. The iconic pop star’s father, Jamie, filed a petition earlier this month to end the conservatorship that he has been in charge of for over a decade.
The next court date in the mother of two’s case is scheduled for Sept. 29.
Hulu and FX’s “Framing Britney Spears” was released in February and also details the entertainer’s battles and the #FreeBritney movement.
Jamie has been in charge of his daughter’s finances and career since 2008, after her public mental breakdown and divorce from Kevin Federline.
In June, Spears stood before a judge to plead her case and begged for an end to the “abusive” conservatorship she had been enslaved under.
Her shocking testimony revealed that Jamie controls her $60 million fortune and the Mississippi-native discussed in court how she had been drugged and forced to take birth control and compelled to work. “He loved the control [he had] to hurt his own daughter, one hundred thousand percent,” she said during her hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK, and I’m happy,” she sobbed. “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”
“I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day,” Spears continued. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. It’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end.”
Britney Spears Already Taking Prenup Steps ... After Engagement to Sam(9/13/21) Britney Spears has already taken steps to get a prenup drafted ... just a day after she and Sam announced their engagement ... sources tell TMZ.
Sources with direct knowledge who are close to Britney tell TMZ ... her camp is already mobilizing to get a prenup drafted. Britney's net worth reportedly hovers at around $60 million ... this money is hers, but although she's not making nearly what she raked in when she was performing, she's still making considerable coin.
Sam joked HE was the one who wanted a prenup, to protect his jeep and his shoes, but the reality is ... a prenup is not only in the cards -- it's necessary.
As we reported, Britney had a prenup with Kevin Federline, and that was before the conservatorship. It may be even more important now ... not because it's an omen -- it's just smart.
Britney announced the engagement Sunday, but did not say when they were getting married. This would be her third marriage, and it's unclear when they would tie the knot. But, her team isn't wasting any time getting the document signed, sealed and delivered ahead of the nuptials.
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are engaged after nearly 5 years(9/12/21) Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are engaged after nearly five years of dating, Page Six can confirm.
“The couple made their long-standing relationship official today and are deeply touched by the support, dedication and love expressed to them,” Asghari’s talent manager, Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent, exclusively told us. “Roman Malayev from NYC is the ring designer. He couldn’t be more happier [sic] to be involved and make this a one-of-a-kind ring.”
We’re told Asghari, 27, popped the question at 39-year-old Spears’ home with the 4-carat round brilliant stone in a platinum cathedral setting, enhanced with a floating solitaire design. It has Asghari’s nickname for Spears, “Lioness,” engraved inside the band.
“Every designer I spoke with about the ring was amazing with great ideas, but I just clicked with Roman — we really connected on the design and he was as excited as I was to make it special — that’s why I chose him,” the fitness expert said in a statement.
The couple also confirmed the news on Instagram Sunday, with the pop star sharing a video of herself smiling while showing off her rock next to her new fiancé.
Malayev, Forever Diamonds NY Founder and Master Jeweler, told Page Six on Sunday, “We are thrilled to congratulate Britney and Sam on their recent engagement.”
“We couldn’t feel more honored to create this ring for such a special couple. Their journey together has touched people around the world and we’re so excited to be a part of their forever.”
Rumblings that Spears and Asghari would be getting engaged soon first began earlier this month after Asghari was spotted ring shopping at Cartier in Beverly Hills.
The “Slumber Party” video star was seen at the time speaking to a sales rep at the high-end jewelry store and perusing their latest diamonds.
A source told us then Spears and Asghari were not engaged “yet,” but the personal trainer had been talking about proposing more and more lately.
“Sam wants to spoil Britney with a very special, over-the-top and meaningful proposal when the time is right,” the insider said. “He dreams of one day becoming a dad too, and Britney, of course, has always wanted to have more kids, especially now that hers are getting older.”
The source also shared that the couple had felt held back in moving forward with their relationship due to Spears’ restrictive conservatorship, which has been in place since 2008.
“Even though they have wanted to take the next step for a while now, Britney and Sam know it would be so much easier to do if she weren’t under the restraints she’s under,” the source added in early September. “But things are steadily progressing toward an engagement, that’s for sure.”
Fans then had a proposal fake-out when Asghari’s Instagram account posted a photo of a male hand holding a ring with the word “Lioness” embedded into it. Asghari quickly dismissed the photo as a leak, writing in an Instagram Story minutes later, “Account got hacked and was photoshopped — calm down everyone!”
However, it now appears the ring was indeed real and he posted it by mistake before the proposal.
Spears also previously expressed interest in taking the next steps in her relationship with Asghari.
During her bombshell June 23 testimony, the “Stronger” singer told the court that she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have a baby, but the conservatorship wouldn’t allow it.
“I have an [IUD] in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” she said at the time. “I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone.”
The “Toxic” singer then added, “All I want is to own my money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his f—ing car.”
Now, she and Asghari will seemingly be able to do much more as they plan their future together.
Asghari first Spears when she hired the chiseled stud to appear as her love interest in her “Slumber Party” music video in October 2016.
He is set to be Spears’ third husband.
The pop star was previously married to Kevin Federline — the father of her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, both 15 — from 2004 to 2007. She also had a brief union with her childhood pal Jason Alexander for just 55 hours earlier in 2004.
Spears was previously engaged to her former agent Jason Trawick in 2011, but the pair called it quits by 2013.
Britney Spears 'Ecstatic' Her Dad Wants to end Conservatorship ... But Relationship is Still Ice-Cold(9/8/21) Britney Spears is taking her dad at face value -- that he's down with ending the conservatorship -- and she is beyond happy.
Sources directly connected to Britney tell TMZ ... she's "ecstatic" Jamie has filed legal docs not only asking the judge to terminate the conservatorship, but to do so without another mental evaluation. Britney was adamant about this back in June when she testified in court.
We're told she views Jamie's 180 as a "total victory," and believes public pressure as well as the pressure applied by her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, are responsible for his about-face.
That said, our sources tell us Britney's view of her dad and their relationship has not changed. She's still extremely angry at him over his role in the conservatorship.
We're also told Britney wants the issue of termination front and center at the next hearing on Sept. 29. As we reported, the purpose of that hearing is to discuss Jamie's future in the conservatorship. Britney wants him out and Jamie has already said he'll go.
Britney has not yet filed legal docs to end the conservatorship. Rosengart has said this is a 2-step process, the first of which is removing Jamie. He has not indicated when he might file docs to terminate, but now that Jamie has made his move, we're told Britney wants the issue squarely raised during the hearing.
As we reported, our Jamie sources say the docs he filed were designed to call the bluff on his critics ... he has been steadfast for years, and very recently as well, that Britney needs the guidance of a conservatorship to survive because of her condition. Although Jamie now says the conservatorship should end without a mental evaluation, our sources say he believes the judge will still order one. He has said in the past ... he does not believe the judge will cut the cord on the 13-year conservatorship.
Jamie Spears: The Inside Story on His Move to End Britney's Conservatorship(9/8/21) Jamie Spears has done a 180 in the conservatorship battle over his daughter, but our sources say ... do NOT take the latest twist at face value.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ -- just one month ago Jamie was deeply concerned about his daughter's mental health. Our sources say Jamie feared the worst if the judge ended the conservatorship. He believed Britney's mental health was deteriorating.
Jamie, we're told, felt Jodi Montgomery -- Britney's personal conservator -- was not protecting his daughter and felt her motivation was saving her own job.
Jamie told people around him, "She's never getting out of the conservatorship," and our sources say he wasn't saying this to be draconian ... he believed it was necessary for her survival.
Now, Jamie says he believes Britney is able to care for herself, make financial decisions and run her life without any guidance. So, he's asking the judge to end the conservatorship. And, here's the key -- he's asking the judge to pull the plug without doing a mental evaluation.
So, why the radical change? As one source told us ... he's calling their bluff. Multiple sources say Jamie believes Britney has not gotten better ... he thinks she's gotten worse. One source put it this way ... "He knows how mentally ill his daughter is, and has genuinely tried to protect her."
Jamie, we're told, has no love lost for Britney's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart. By filing the latest legal docs, in a sense, Jamie thinks he trumped Rosengart, who has not yet filed a motion to end the conservatorship -- something he calls out in his legal docs. This puts Rosengart in an interesting position ... whether to join forces with Jamie at the Sept. 29 hearing and end the conservatorship, or not.
It's almost like saying, "Okay, you think the conservatorship should end. Then bring it on. Let's see what happens."
One source said they don't believe Jamie really wants the conservatorship to end, and certainly not without a medical evaluation. We're told Jamie does not believe the judge would terminate the conservatorship without a mental evaluation, and he has said privately he's sure that evaluation would present an insurmountable case to maintain the conservatorship.
So, he would get what he wants -- maintaining the conservatorship -- while also ending the lingering attacks targeting him. It might also ingratiate himself with his daughter.
And finally, according to a source directly connected to Jamie, he thinks his relationship with his daughter is not beyond repair. As the source said, "Jamie believes Britney will come back to him when things unravel again. She always has before."
Britney Spears: Jamie Asks Judge to Terminate Conservatorship(9/7/21) In a stunning move, Jamie Spears is not just asking to leave Britney Spears' conservatorship, he's asking the judge to end it altogether.
In Jamie's documents, he says the judge saw fit to let his daughter hire her own lawyer, in Jamie's mind he says if she's allowed to do that there is no longer a legal basis to impose the restrictions that go along with the conservatorship.
As he says in the docs, "In so doing [allowing her to hire a lawyer], this Court has recognized that Ms. Spears has both the capacity and capability to identify, engage, and instruct counsel of her own choice, on her own, without the assistance of the Conservator or the Court. If Ms. Spears has the capability to engage counsel on her own, she presumably has capacity to handle other contractual and business matters."
Jamie notes Britney wants the conservatorship terminated without medical evaluation, and there's no requirement under California law for such an evaluation.
Jamie now says the conservatorship has lasted a LONG time -- 13 years -- and things have changed "to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist."
As Jamie says, he wants best for his daughter, and if she wants out of the conservatorship and believes she can handle her own life, he feels she should get that chance.
Jamie notes his daughter pled with the court to have her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship, she wants to make her own decisions, and he's now good with this.
Jamie says, "Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy."
He goes on ... "She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding."
And, he says, "If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should get that chance."
Jamie threw a little shade on Britney's lawyer, by saying, "Ms. Spears recently testified that she did not know, at least in the past, that she could petition to end the conservatorship without submitting to a full psychological evaluation. Given Ms. Spears' testimony, Mr. Spears does not know why a petition to terminate the conservatorship has not yet been filed."
Jamie also notes Britney "has recently demonstrated a level of independence that calls into question whether a conservator of the person is required." He points to the fact she's now driving again and wants to control her therapy sessions. He goes on to say there's no need anymore for Jodi Montgomery and she should also be discharged.
This is a seismic move ... there's a hearing set for Sept. 29 in which Jamie was supposed to step down as conservator of Britney's estate, but now he wants to short-circuit the process and end the long-running conservatorship entirely.
Britney Spears D.A. Won't File Charges ... Over Alleged Battery(9/1/21) Britney Spears can rest a little easier after the ugly incident in which her housekeeper accused her of battery ... we've learned the singer will NOT be charged with a crime.
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office tells TMZ ... prosecutors decided NOT to file any criminal charges against Britney for misdemeanor battery.
The D.A. says the office declined to file charges "based on insufficient evidence that a crime had occurred and the lack of injury to the housekeeper or significant damage to the phone."
Britney's attorney, Mathew Rosengart, tells us "As I have previously-stated, this was nothing more than sensationalized-tabloid fodder -- an overblown 'he said, she said' regarding a cell phone. If this involved Jane Doe rather than Britney Spears it would not have been pursued or covered at all."
He continues, "Anyone can make an accusation but this should never have made it this far and we are glad the DA’s Office has done the right thing. Sadly, it is apparent that some have learned nothing from the past, and we sincerely hope the media and others will be more respectful of Ms. Spears in the future."
We broke the story ... one of Britney's longtime housekeepers accused her of battery during an argument over Brit's dogs, with the housekeeper claiming Britney slapped her phone out of her hands.
As we reported, the housekeeper called deputies to Britney's home, but later went to a Ventura County Sheriff's station to file a report, and the Sheriff's Dept. launched an investigation.
As we first told you ... Britney's dogs were taken to a vet after her dog sitter and housekeeper believed the pets were being neglected ... and that's what triggered the confrontation between Britney and her housekeeper.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Dept. wrapped up its investigation into Britney's housekeeper's claim and forwarded its findings to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.
We were told the case basically boiled down to Brit's word against the housekeeper's story -- the housekeeper claims Britney struck her in the arm, while Britney claims all she did was swipe the phone out of her hand.
We're told the Sheriff didn't know which version was true, and the case was ultimately forwarded on to the D.A. to make the final call.
As we reported, our Britney sources were confident nothing would come of the allegations ... and ultimately that's what happened.
Meanwhile, we're told the housekeeper is no longer working for Britney and the dogs are back in the house.
Britney Spears Wants Her Father Removed From Conservatorship ASAP With No $2M Payoff(8/31/21) The slow walk exit of Britney Spears’ father from the conservatorship that has ruled the performer’s life for the last 13 years needs to pick up the pace, the one-time Princess of Pop’s lawyer says — and without a price tag.
“Regardless of the past, Mr. Spears and his counsel are now on notice: the status quo is no longer tolerable, and Britney Spears will not be extorted,” says Matthew Rosengart in a fiery response filing today in Los Angeles Superior Court.
“Mr. Spears’s blatant attempt to barter suspension and removal in exchange for approximately $2 million in payments, on top of the millions already reaped from Ms. Spears’s estate by Mr. Spears and his associates, is a non-starter,” added the skilled former federal prosecutor who earlier this summer was brought on by Spears as her first chosen attorney in the much criticized conservatorship.
“The only honorable, decent, and humane course of action is for Mr. Spears to resign now, provide all necessary information to evaluate his accounting, and, if matters cannot be resolve consensually, to try to defend his accounting,” says the dense 12-page supplemental petition.
Already under direct and public pressure from his superstar offspring herself to be removed from the co-conservator perch he has occupied in one form or anther since 2008, Jamie Spears sent a resentment filled legal salvo on August 12 to begin a self-described “transition process.” With the next hearing in the convoluted conservatorship set for distant September 29 in Judge Brenda Penny’s DTLA courtroom, the elder Spears knows full well his disentanglement from his daughter’s professional affairs and nearly $60 million fortune could take months and months.
Seeking a suspension and resignation of her Dad, Britney Spears isn’t inclined to wait around such a long time for what will be more of a circus, as today’s filing makes crystal.
“Contrary to the powers that Mr. Spears and his counsel seek to arrogate unto themselves, they do not get to choose the time and place of Mr. Spears’s departure,” says the petition put in the court docket on Tuesday. “Those issues are governed by law, the best interests of Ms. Spears, and by this Court.”
“This is not about him, it is about the best interests of his daughter, which as a matter of law, mandate his removal,” declared Greenberg Traurig’s Rosengart to Deadline today of what he compares to a “hostage” situation. “Even putting aside the legal issues requiring his prompt removal, if he loves his daughter, Mr. Spears should resign now, today, before he is suspended. It would be the correct and decent thing to do.”
Jamie Spears’ Holland & Knight LLP lawyers did not respond to request for comment on today’s filing when contacted by Deadline.
Still, they may take solace in some court context here.
So far, Judge Penny has rejected or postponed any attempt to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship or offer a new and sooner day for a pretty packed hearing on the matter. As f right now, the elder Spears still hold the reigns on his daughter’s financial and career decisions while co-conservator Jodi Montgomery remains in charge of much of Britney Spears’ personal and medical affairs. In recent weeks, Rosengart has suggested to the court that forensic CPA Jason Rubin replace Spears Senior in his role in the conservatorship.
Britney Spears Housekeeper Battery Case Charges Under Review by D.A.(8/27/21) Britney Spears might've thought this battery case with her housekeeper would "go nowhere" -- but she's not out of the woods yet ... we're told it's now been handed over to prosecutors who will make the call on whether Britney is hit with a criminal charge.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept.'s wrapped up its investigation into Britney's housekeeper's claim of battery from last week and forwarded its findings to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office Friday.
Law enforcement at the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept. has told TMZ ... they routinely send such cases over to the D.A. for review, unless it's clear the case has no merit. In this case, there are 2 versions -- the housekeeper says Britney struck her in the arm, but Britney says all she did was swipe the phone out of her hand. The Sheriff doesn't know which version is true, so that's why it was forwarded on.
The law enforcement sources also tell us the house keeper suffered no physical injuries.
As we've reported, our Brit sources were confident nothing would come of this ... and that still may end up being true at the finish line ... but until then, it's a waiting game.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney got into a spat with the housekeeper after the housekeeper showed Britney pics of the dogs in distress. Britney was angry the housekeeper was taking photos inside her house, and she tried wrestling the phone away.
The housekeeper -- who had worked for Britney for years -- is no longer working for the singer.
BTW ... the dogs were returned last Friday after being in the care of Britney's dog sitter for 2 weeks.
Britney Spears Dogs Taken Away ... She Blames Jamie(8/20/21) Britney Spears' dogs were taken from her earlier this month -- this after her dog sitter and housekeeper believe the pets were being neglected -- and that's what triggered the confrontation between Britney and her housekeeper that led to a criminal investigation.
Sources directly connected to Britney tell TMZ ... around 2 weeks ago one of her dogs became sick and the housekeeper took that dog and Britney's other dog to the vet. The dogs never came home, and our sources say Britney's dog sitter -- who is also a nurse -- kept and took care of the dogs because she believed they weren't safe at Britney's home.
We're told on August 10 Britney called the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept. to report a theft, but when cops arrived at her home she backed off and sent them away -- this was first reported by Page Six. Our sources say she was prepared to file a theft report over the dogs but apparently had a change of heart.
Fast-forward to this past Monday morning. Britney still did not have her dogs and didn't know where they were, but suspected her dad had something to do with their disappearance.
Britney confronted her housekeeper and demanded to know where her dogs were and why they were taken away. Our Britney sources say the housekeeper expressed concern that the dogs had been neglected and showed Britney photos she had taken on her cellphone of one of the dogs that had just thrown up.
Britney believes the housekeeper -- who gets paid by Jamie -- sent Jamie the photos and he then called the dog sitter and told her to take the dogs away. Sources with direct knowledge say Jamie is "totally in the dark on what goes on in her home," adding, "He's been shut out."
In any event, we're told Britney became extremely upset and told the housekeeper she was not allowed to take photos in her house. Then we're told a struggle ensued and Britney knocked the phone out of the housekeeper's hands. Our Britney sources say she merely hit the phone, but law enforcement sources say the housekeeper alleged Britney struck her arm, which then caused her to lose her grip over the phone.
As of Thursday afternoon, Britney still did not get her dogs back, but she was hopeful that was about to happen.
TMZ broke the story ... the housekeeper filed a battery report with the Ventura County Sheriff's Dept. and the agency is investigating. A Sheriff's Dept. official tells TMZ when the investigation is complete the file will be sent to the D.A. to review for a possible misdemeanor battery charge.
Britney's people believe this is a nothing case that will never be filed.
Britney Spears called police to report theft at her home last week(8/19/21) Go call the police, go call the governor.
Britney Spears dialed 911 to report a mysterious theft at her home last week, Page Six has exclusively learned.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office received the call just before 6 p.m. PT on Aug. 10. However, after police arrived at the pop star’s mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., she decided not to pursue action.
“She called and wanted to report some type of theft,” the department’s media relations officer, Capt. Eric Buschow, told us on Thursday. “When deputies arrived and contacted her security staff, they informed the deputies that Ms. Spears decided she did not want to file a report at that time. And so, deputies left.”
Due to Spears’ sudden change of heart, there is no official record as to what was allegedly stolen from her house — and by whom.
“There was no law enforcement action at that time, no report taken or anything like that,” Buschow reiterated.
Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Police were back on the “Toxic” singer’s doorstep only six days later due to an incident involving a member of her staff.
An unidentified female employee filed a police report against Spears, 39, on Monday morning, claiming the Grammy winner had struck her during a dispute over a cell phone.
Buschow told Page Six earlier on Thursday that the incident was classified as a “very minor misdemeanor battery” and that the staffer had “no injuries.”
However, Spears is now under investigation for battery, leaving the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to decide whether to file charges against her.
Rosengart told us Monday’s incident was “nothing more than a ‘he said, she said’ regarding a cell phone, with no striking and obviously no injury whatsoever.”
Spears is in the midst of a court battle to end the conservatorship that has controlled her life and finances for the past 13 years.
Britney Spears Accused of Battery Against Housekeeper ... Britney and Camp Say Nonsense, Claim Fabricated, Going Nowhere(8/19/21) Britney Spears is under investigation for an alleged battery on one of her longtime housekeepers during an argument over Britney's dogs, but Britney and her camp say the housekeeper is making it up and the case will go nowhere ... TMZ has learned.
Ventura County Sheriff's deputies were alerted to the incident Monday at Britney's house. According to our law enforcement sources ... the housekeeper told cops she had taken one of Brit's dogs to the vet, claiming there were issues with the treatment of the pet.
We're told the housekeeper claims Britney confronted her when she got back from the vet, they argued about the dog's wellness -- and then Britney allegedly slapped the housekeeper's phone out of her hands.
The housekeeper initially called deputies to the house, but then went to a Sheriff's station to file a report. Our sources say deputies attempted to get in touch with Britney to get her side of the story, but she would not speak with them ... but that's not unusual. Most lawyers would advise a client not to have such a discussion.
Now, a source connected to Britney denies there was any physical altercation, and claims the Sheriff's Dept. assured Brit's camp the case would go nowhere.
An official from the Sheriff's Dept. tells us the Dept. is still investigating and will submit the file to the District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to file a misdemeanor battery charge against Britney.
Britney Spears’ Lawyer Declares “Major Victory” As Singer’s Dad Agrees To Exit Conservatorship, Though Not Without Spite(8/12/21) Facing a flood of potential legal filings to come and the explicit declarations of his daughter, Jamie Spears has made a near 180-degree shift and decided to step down from Britney Spears’ extremely restricted conservatorship.
“But there are no urgent circumstances justifying Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension,” he adds. “Considering the true facts and the actual circumstances that currently exist, an orderly transition based on cooperation would most certainly be in the best interests of Ms. Spears. Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears’ father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests.”
Right now, after Judge Brenda Penny rejected the most recent efforts to remove the elder Spears from the conservatorship and move up a pivotal late September hearing date, co-conservator Jodi Montgomery remains in charge of much of Britney Spears’ personal and medical affairs. Correspondingly, Rosengart has sought in recent weeks to have forensic CPA Jason Rubin replace the elder Spears in his role in the conservatorship – a request that may become a reality sooner than later.
Here’s Rosengart’s full statement from Thursday:
This is a major victory for Britney Spears. I announced in Court on July 14 that, after 13 years of the status quo, it was time for Mr. Spears to be suspended or removed as conservator and that my firm and I would move aggressively and expeditiously for that outcome.
Twelve days later, my firm filed a Petition for Mr. Spears’s suspension and removal based on strong, insurmountable legal grounds, which were unequivocally supported by the law and all parties involved, including Jodi Montgomery, Britney Spears, and her medical team.
We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.
We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.
In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should remain silent and step aside immediately.
Britney Spears Rebuffed In Efforts To Speed Up Tossing Her Father Off Conservatorship; Singer May Try Again(8/9/21) Britney Spears won’t get an earlier chance to try to chuck her father off of her restrictive conservatorship.
In a tactical victory for Jamie Spears over his daughter’s expressed wishes, Los Angles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny today denied the request by the one-time Princess of Pop and her new-ish lawyer Matthew Rosengart
“The Application is …Denied Without Prejudice,” checked Judge Penny for the August 5 filing by Rosengart to move a scheduled September 29 hearing ahead (read it here). Interestingly, the decision by the LASC official does allow Britney Spears’ attorney to file again in a new attempt to shift the pivotal hearing to sometime this month or early in September.
Whether or not Rosengart takes that opportunity or not we don’t know right now as the GreenbergTraurig lawyer did not respond to request for comment today from Deadline. In his initial filing, Rosengart certainly had a sense of urgency to knock the elder Spears off the powerful perch he has held over almost every aspect of Britney Spears’ now highly controlled life since 2009. In the August 5 paperwork, which followed a filing to have Jamie Spears replaced by forensic CPA Jason Rubin, Rosengart said that “every day matters” that the father is overseeing his daughter’s finances, her more than $50 million fortune and career.
Britney Spears Jodi Montgomery Has Concerns Over Mental Health ... But Jamie's Twisting 5150 Conversation(8/6/21) Britney Spears' personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, has fired back at Jamie Spears, but what she's saying also raises issues about Britney's current mental health state.
Montgomery is reacting to Jamie's legal filing Friday, in which he says Jodi raised concern about Britney's mental state, calling her "mentally sick" ... and even suggesting it might require a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold.
Jodi says, through her lawyer, Jamie misrepresented her position ... "At no time did Ms. Montgomery express to Mr. Spears that Ms. Spears would currently qualify for such a hold. The concern that Ms. Montgomery did raise to Mr. Spears during their telephone call is that forcing Ms. Spears to take the stand to testify or to have her evaluated would move the needle in the wrong direction for her mental health."
As you know, it was actually Britney who told the judge she wanted to testify back in June. And, Jodi's lawyer is not saying Jodi did not raise the issue of a 5150 hold as an option ... the lawyer says Jodi never said she'd qualify for an involuntary psychiatric hold.
The lawyer adds, "Ms. Montgomery does have concerns about Ms. Spears' 'recent behavior and overall mental health' as set forth in Jamie Spears Declaration ... Due to medical privacy, Ms. Montgomery cannot go into those concerns with any further detail except to say that having Jamie Spears continuing to serve as her Conservator instead of a neutral professional fiduciary is having a serious impact on Ms. Spears' mental health."
Jodi's lawyer also notes Jamie said in his legal docs it was Jodi who got Britney into a mental health facility back in 2019. Jodi's lawyer says at the time Jodi was merely a case manager for Britney -- not her conservator -- and she signed the admission papers at the behest of Jamie.
What's interesting here ... when Britney testified in June, she told the judge she was forced into the facility, but Jodi's lawyer seems to take issue with that, saying, "Ms. Spears consented to her placement at the facility in March, 2019."
Jodi's lawyer ends by saying, "Lastly, Ms. Montgomery is saddened that her telephone call to Mr. Spears, made out of genuine concern for Ms. Spears, and intended to re-establish a working relationship with Mr. Spears towards Ms. Spears' mental health and well-being, is now being misrepresented and manipulated to gain some sort of tactical advantage in the pending proceedings to remove him as Conservator."
Britney Spears Jamie Says Personal Conservator Told Him Britney's 'Mentally Sick'(8/6/21) Britney Spears personal conservator told Britney's dad less than a month ago, Britney was so mentally impaired the conservator raised the prospect of putting her under a 5150 psychiatric hold ... this according to Jamie Spears in new legal docs.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jamie says on July 9, 2021, he got a call from Jodi Montgomery, Britney's personal conservator, who sounded "very distraught" and expressed how concerned she was about Britney's recent behavior and overall mental health.
Jamie says Jodi told him Britney was not "timely or properly taking her medications, was not listening to the recommendations of her medical team, and refused to even see some of her doctors."
Jamie says Jodi asked for his help, but he said he did not have access to Britney's medical information since he hadn't been in control since late 2018.
That's when Jamie says Jodi raised a 5150 psychiatric hold as an option.
Jamie also said Jodi acknowledged that many of the statements Britney made in open court last June were false ... attributing the alleged falsehoods to the fact she's "mentally sick."
Jamie then says on July 13, 2021, he got an email from Jodi who backtracked and discounted the need for a 5150.
Also in the docs, Jamie takes aim at Britney's new lawyer, Mat Rosengart, saying Rosengart's allegations of malfeasance were "unsubstantiated, vague accusations."
He makes a specific point of disputing Rosengart's claim Jamie denied Britney a trip to Hawaii. Jamie says that was simply false.
And, Jamie says, his "sole motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her."
Jamie also says he's "dutifully and faithfully served as the Conservator of his daughter's Estate without any blemishes on his record." He goes on to say when he came on board, the Estate was in debt and facing 10's of millions of dollars in lawsuit, and he turned it around, so it's now $60+ million strong.
He also says he worked hard with a team of professionals to restore Britney to good health, reunite her with her kids with whom she lost custody and help revive her career.
Jamie is objecting to moving the hearing to remove him to later this month.
Britney Spears Jamie's Replacement Will Audit Him ... Let's See How He Spent Her Money!!!(8/6/21) Britney Spears has made it abundantly clear she wants her father, Jamie, out as conservator of her estate and Jason Rubin to take his place ... and if and when he does, sources tell TMZ he'll put Jamie under the microscope.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... if Rubin is appointed, the first order of business will be to conduct forensic accounting to determine if Jamie mishandled Britney's finances.
Rubin is a CPA who routinely dives into complex businesses and does exactly that, and based on the documents that Britney's new lawyer, Matt Rosengart, has filed, there will be a lot to examine.
One of the big-ticket items Rosengart has flagged ... a $500,000 payment to Britney's former business manager, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group. Tri Star had been getting a 5% percent commission on Britney's gross entertainment-related income, and when she was performing the company was getting a bundle because Britney was making an enormous amount of money.
When Britney went on hiatus in 2019, the amount Tri Star was getting dwindled to around $200,000 a year. A rep from the company sent Jamie an email asking to raise the minimum to $500,000, and Jamie approved it, despite an existing agreement that Tri Star allegedly had which did not entitle it to the additional $300,000 a year.
Rosengart also cited Jamie's request for more than $1.3 million in attorney's fees, which included $541,000 for "media matters." Rosengart clearly thinks "media matters" is B.S.
And, Rosengart took issue with Jamie paying himself $16,000 a month -- Rosengart says that's $2K more than Britney herself got.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney wants her dad out immediately, and either wants the judge to move up the hearing date from late September to August, or suspend Jamie immediately pending the hearing.
We reached out to Rosengart for comment ... no word back so far.
Britney Spears wants dad removed from conservatorship immediately(8/5/21) Britney Spears wants her allegedly abusive father booted immediately from the conservatorship that controls her life — for the sake of her mental health, according to new court papers.
The 39-year-old pop queen — who claims her dad, Jamie Spears, controls everything from her bank account to her birth control under the bogus guardianship — is demanding that a judge move up a hearing date about his removal from September to August, TMZ reported Thursday, citing legal documents.
Each day that Jamie Spears has the legal power over her causes the “Toxic” singer to lose sleep and feel traumatized, according to the court papers filed by her lawyer Mathew Rosengart.
“Mr. Spears’s removal as conservator is critical to [Britney’s] emotional health and well-being and in the best interests of the conservatee,” he wrote in the court papers, according to the outlet. “Every day that passes is another day of avoidable harm and prejudice to Ms. Spears and the Estate.”
“I have had numerous, ongoing conversations with the medical team and we all agree that it would be best for Ms. Spears’ well-being and mental health that her father stop acting as Conservator,” the documents declare.
Jamie Spears’ status as the star’s conservator — granted in 2008 after she suffered a string of public meltdowns — is also a threat to the star financially, according to the legal docs.
If the judge won’t expedite the hearing, she should suspend Jamie Spears immediately from his duties, the court papers state.
In the court filing, the pop star’s lawyer also cites a quote from her mother, Lynne Spears, to show her dad’s motivations are selfish.
“It is clear to me that James P. Spears is incapable of putting my daughter’s interests ahead of his own on both a professional and a personal level,” she said.
Jamie Spears’ lawyers are also demanding that the singer pay more than $1.3 million in attorney’s fees, along with $54,000 for “media matters,” according to the court docs.
Britney’s legal battle to free herself from the conservatorship — a court-appointed guardianship typically assigned to elderly or mentally incapacitated people — heated up last month when Spears went public for the first time.
She told a court that life under the control of her dad and the conservatorship is similar to “sex trafficking.”
Mel Gibson told Britney Spears to ‘turn to God’ after infamous breakdown, friend says(7/17/21) When Britney Spears went through her very public breakdown in 2008, Mel Gibson reportedly showed up at her door to tell her “Christianity would save her and to turn back to God.”
Spears’ former best friend, Sean Phillip, lifted the lid on the trauma Spears experienced in late 2007 leading up to the public breakdown that sees her controlled in a controversial conservatorship run by her father Jamie in a new interview with the Sun.
Phillip, Spears’ former trainer and friend, said that after Spears infamously shaved her head and lashed out at photographers, a host of random people reached out to the pop star to offer support.
“I remember Mel Gibson was one of them, telling her that Christianity would save her and to turn back to God,” Phillip told the paper. “It was all quite surreal.”
Phillip says in the months leading up to the breakdown, Spears was physically and mentally exhausted – and was propped up by her team with drugs.
When the pop star collapsed at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas during New Year’s 2007, the team tried to cover it up.
According to Phillip, when she fainted, “management tried to give her a suspected amphetamine to get her conscious and functioning again.”
“The reality is that she was exhausted,” Philips told the Sun. “She was being worked to the bone, and was in no fit state to still be performing… The medication she was on was not helping her at all. She was becoming paranoid like I’d never, ever seen her before. (When she) fainted in the club at the party she was hosting… I had to get her out, carrying her over my shoulder with a black suit jacket thrown over her, and stopping people trying to take pictures on their phones.”
By the time Phillip got Spears back to her room, she was “crying hysterically, and so upset. She was saying, ‘Why am I so accessible? Why am I still doing club gigs?’”
Later that evening, Phillip, who now works in wildlife and conservation, recalled: “That night, management came up and were trying to give her something, in pill form, and I said, ‘No, it’s not happening’. She was just overwhelmed. I begged for them to let her rest.”
In 2008, after reports of extreme partying, drug use and violent outbursts, Spears was carted out of her house strapped to a gurney and placed under the conservatorship, what has lasted 13 long years.
Two weeks ago, Spears, testified in open court that her life under conservatorship is absolute hell.
“I have an IUD in my body right now they won’t let me take out,” Spears said. She spoke of being drugged into submission, forced to work against her will, and having every minute detail of her life — the choice of her own kitchen cabinets, for example — dictated by a father she calls abusive.
The singer took to Instagram Friday night to call out friends and family members who’ve come out in support of the star only after her bombshell testimony, saying their “righteous” behavior feels insincere.
Britney Spears Angrily Calls Out “People Closest” Who Failed To Help Her(7/17/21) It’s Britney, bitch. And she’s back and angry.
Britney Spears lashed out on Instagram Friday against the “people closest” to her who failed to help her in her time of need. The message was apparently aimed at those who only recently started speaking out on her behalf regarding her conservatorship.
No names were mentioned, but Spears said they “know who you are.”
“Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask,” the post read.
“There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support … there’s nothing worse than that!!!!” she wrote.
Who might that be? “The people who love the most,” Spears wrote. “How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning???? Again … NO …If you’re reading this and you know who you are … and you actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly!!! If you’re gonna post something …. Please stop with the righteous approach when you’re so far from righteous it’s not even funny,” before adding, “And have a good day!!!!!”
Spears’s long conservatorship battle recently took a turn in her favor, as the court allowed her to appoint her own attorney.
Britney Spears Lawyer She Wants Agrees to Rep Her Appears in Court Wednesday to Mount Fight(7/13/21) Britney Spears has decided who she wants as her lawyer to end the conservatorship, and the attorney has now agreed and will appear in court Wednesday -- arguing she has a right to the lawyer of her choice ... TMZ has learned.
We broke the story ... Britney signed a legal doc stating her desire to hire the mega law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP to represent her in her effort to boot Jamie Spears from the conservatorship -- the first step in attempting to end the conservatorship altogether.
As we reported, Britney had her sights set on hiring a partner in the firm -- former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who reps a slew of celebrity clients, including Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck, Jimmy Butler and Sean Penn.
Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Rosengart has now agreed and will appear remotely during a court hearing Wednesday, asking the judge to appoint him.
The catch 22 is that Britney cannot sign contracts of any substance without the approval of her conservator, Jamie Spears, the man she wants out.
We're told Rosengart will make the argument Britney has a Constitutional right to the lawyer of her choice. Defendants in criminal cases have a Constitutional right to an attorney, but a conservatorship is not a criminal case. Thing is ... it's not a civil case either. It's a hybrid ... somewhere in between.
We're told Rosengart's argument goes like this ... Britney is entitled to due process, which includes the right to a competent lawyer, and a judge would be hard-pressed to conclude Rosengart doesn't have the legal chops to rep her. What's more ... he'll argue it's absurd for Jamie Spears to have the power to disapprove Britney's choice, because the very purpose of the representation is to get him out of the conservatorship.
As we reported ... getting Jamie out is the first step in ending the conservatorship, which has been in place for more than 13 years.
The real battle will come if and when there's a motion to end the conservatorship. Britney said in court last month she wanted that done without further medical evaluation, but that's a tough sell to the judge because several dozen medical professionals have weighed in regularly over the years she has a mental illness that makes a conservatorship necessary.
We reached out to Rosengart for comment ... so far, no word back.
Britney Spears sends box of toys to sister Jamie Lynn’s kids(7/11/21) Britney Spears is at war with certain family members, but is still looking out for younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
The pop star sent Jamie Lynn’s children a box of toys, the younger Spears sibling revealed Sunday.
“Nothing sweeter than coming home to a box full of goodies for my girls from their Auntie,” Jamie Lynn wrote on social media, referring to her kids Maddie, 13, and Ivey, 3.
The caption accompanied a photo of a care package filled with stuffed animals, a pair of Jessica Simpson shoes and an O tote bag.
Jamie Lynn, 30, was also sure to discreetly tag Britney, 39, in the post.
The sweet gesture could go a ways in assuring Britney fans that she and Jamie Lynn are on good terms, as many took issue with how long it took Jamie Lynn to issue a public statement of support after Britney broke her silence on her longtime conservatorship.
Fans have also pondered whether Jamie Lynn knew just how bad things had gotten for Britney, who last month called the conservatorship “abusive” and begged the court to terminate the legal arrangement.
When Jamie Lynn commented on the case, she claimed her silence allowed for Britney to tell her own story.
“The only reason I haven’t [spoken] before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, that it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do,” she said at the time. “This situation does not affect me either way because I am only her sister, who is only concerned about her happiness.”
The “Zoey 101” star later claimed she and her children were threatened because of fans’ assumptions.
“Hi, I respect that everyone has the right to express themselves, but can we please stop with the death threats, especially the death threats to children. – JLS,” she posted last week.
Britney Spears' Conservator Hey Judge, Approve My $221K Fees(7/9/21) Britney Spears' personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, is looking to get paid for her work ... and she's asking the court to approve a 6-figure check.
According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Jodi is asking the court to approve her fees of $221,090 for the work she did for Britney's conservatorship from Nov. 1, 2019 to the end of February 2021.
In the docs, Jodi's also asking the court to approve an additional $65,465 to cover the cost for her personal lawyer.
Jodi's fee requests come on the heels of her seeking 24/7 security in the wake of what she claims is a flood of death threats coming her way since Britney's scathing testimony, filled with complaints about her treatment under the conservatorship.
As we first told you ... Britney's dad, Jamie Spears, objected to Jodi's request to have the estate pick up the tab for beefed up security, which she estimated would cost $50k per month.
Bottom line ... Britney's conservatorship ain't cheap.
Britney Spears’ Mother Petitions Court For New Lawyer For Daughter As Singer’s Conservatorship Wobbles With Exits(7/7/21) One day after Britney Spears’ longtime court appointed attorney submitted his resignation from the long running restrictive conservatorship, the multi-platinum singer’s mother is now seeking permission for her daughter to be able to hire new representation, sort of. The request comes as a temporary co-conservator in the woeful matter is also asking for additional security after receiving threats of “violence and even death” in recent weeks.
“Petitioner Lynne Spears, interested party and mother of the Conservatee, hereby petitions this Court to listen to the wishes of her daughter, and as a first step, respectfully requests an Order granting permission to the Conservatee to hire her own private legal counsel, or, in the alternative, an Order appointing a private attorney of Conservatee’s choosing,” says the filing in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday from the matriarch’s own legal team.
“Appointment of independent counsel is mandatory at this juncture,” asserts Lynne Spears’ request of Judge Brenda Penny, which will likely be addressed at the upcoming and increasingly jam packedJuly 14 scheduled hearing. Unlike her ex-husband and Britney’s father Jamie, Lynne Spears has never held an official role in the controversial conservatorship, but is listed as an “interested party” for obvious reasons.
Praising her daughter for “baring her heart to the Court in an impassioned plea to be heard” in the younger Spears’ sometimes chilling remarks on June 23 via phone to Judge Penny, family members and lawyers, Lynne Spears made it very clear today which side she is on when it comes to whether the 13-year old conservatorship has passed its sell-by date.
“It is beyond dispute that this is a unique conservatorship,’ the elder Spears says with no irony in the seven page petition . “In the original Petition for Appointment of a Temporary Conservator of the Person, Conservatee’s given address was the UCLA Medical Center,” she adds. That was over thirteen years ago. Now, and for the past many years, Conservatee is able to care for her person and in fact has, inside of the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity.”
“Her capacity is certainly different today than it was in 2008, and Conservatee should no longer be held to the 2008 standard, whereby she was found to “not have the capacity to retain counsel,'” Lynne Spears noted in a reiteration of remarks made in part publicly by her daughter a few weeks ago. Remarks that saw the singer’s own attorney Samual Ingham III resign from the conservatorship as Spears alleged he and others shad not been informing her of her full legal rights all these years. Britney Spears also said she like “Sam,” but wanted to choose her own lawyers going forward.
Ingham’s not unexpected move to leave the Spears situation was preceded on July 5 by the singer’s manager Larry Rudolph informing remaining co-conservator Jamie Spears and temporary co-conservator Jodi Montgomery that he was exiting his role in the performer’s career. In another lucrative Las Vegas residency, Spears seemingly given up performing in 2019 for a “hiatus” that now looks to be possibly for permanent. Just days before the manager’s departure, wealth management Bessemer Trust was the first to jump ship. The big ticket firm successfully petitioned the court on July 1 to let it step down from the co-conservatorship perch it had jut been confirmed in.
In the case of Bessemer Trust, the company said “as a result of the conservatee’s testimony at the June 23 hearing …Petitioner has become aware that the Conservatee objects to the continuance of her Conservatorship and desires to terminate the conservatorship.” They went on to say: “Petitioner has heard the Conservatee and respects her wishes.”
Having been under the thumb figuratively of her sometimes estranged father and a somewhat revolving door of co-conservators since her very public distress back in 2008, the once Princess of Pop was certainly extremely straightforward about her wishes on June 23 – not to mention what she thought of the arrangement and its future.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” Spears told the assembled officials and onlookers in a packed DTLA courtroom last month. “I deserve to have a life,” she added in an occasionally rambling and hurried more than 20-minute statement. Vividly comparing her situation to sex trafficking, Spears also revealed her POV on the full extent of the conservatorship and its control over her more than $50 million fortune, career, relationships and even if she can get married or have an inplated IUD removed. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive … I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
New lawyers could play a major role in that desire. However, despite the hearing last month and even years of pushback against the conservatorship, according to a recent New York Times investigation, Spears has still not yet filed any formal paperwork to actually terminate the arrangement or significantly alter it.
On the other hand, licensed private professional fiduciary’s Montgomery today filed her own paperwork looking for the Spears estate to “pay for additional security expenses.”
“Since the June 23, 2021 status hearing, which was illegally broadcasted, streamed, and replayed to an incredibly wide audience, there has been a marked increase in the number and severity of threatening posts about Petitioner on all social media platforms as well as text messages, phone calls, and emails directed to the Petitioner personally,” Montgomery’s lawyer Lauriann Wright wrote to Judge Penny for her client, who has overseen much of Spears’ personal and medical matters since 2019. Security has determined the security risk to be serious enough to recommend that 24/7 physical security be provided to Petitioner on an interim basis in order to protect her from harm and until such time as Petitioner can make certain security improvements at her home office/ residence,” the petition added.
“The cost of physical security, although deemed urgent and necessary at this time for Petitioner, is cost-prohibitive for Petitioner to personally bear. Unless and until this Court approves the expense, Petitioner remains personally liable for it. Thus, we are asking this Court to approve the expense as soon as possible via this ex parte petition.”
On July 6, Montgomery was explicit that she, unlike Ingham, Rudolph and others, wasn’t leaving the conservatorship any time soon, even though Spears herself had griped against her in her June 23 statement. “Ms. Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms. Montgomery to continue to serve,” Wright said on Tuesday. “Ms. Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court desire her to do so.”
That’s the $50 million dollar question ultimately, isn’t it?
Britney Spears’ lawyer Sam Ingham to seek to resign from conservatorship case: report(7/6/21) They are dropping like flies.
Britney Spears’ court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, will reportedly seek to resign from her conservatorship case soon — less than 24 hours after the pop star’s manager, Larry Rudolph, quit and less than a week after the co-conservator of her estate, Bessemer Trust, announced its exit.
TMZ reported Tuesday that Ingham came to the decision after being “extremely upset” over claims that Spears, 39, made about him in her bombshell court hearing on June 23.
The “Toxic” singer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny at the time, “Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end. I honestly didn’t know that.”
Sources alleged to TMZ that Ingham “regularly” gave Britney options, including “requesting that the conservatorship should end.” However, the insiders claimed that the “Lucky” singer had only ever expressed her desire to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as one of her conservators and not to terminate the arrangement altogether.
Ingham previously said in a November 2020 court hearing that Britney is “afraid” of Jamie, who turned 69 Tuesday, and “will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.” He then filed a petition in March seeking to make legal fiduciary Jodi Montgomery Britney’s permanent conservator of the person.
With Britney making her feelings about the allegedly “abusive” conservatorship very clear last month to the court and the public, Ingham is set to file the paperwork for his resignation as early as Tuesday, according to TMZ. He will reportedly not go into too much detail in his filing because of attorney-client privilege.
Earlier on Tuesday, sources exclusively told Page Six that Britney had been feeling frustrated over Ingham’s failure to move to dissolve her conservatorship following her most recent hearing.
“Britney doesn’t understand what the holdup is,” the insider told us. “She feels she made it crystal clear in court that she wants the conservatorship terminated, but nearly two weeks later, she’s still waiting for the petition to be filed.”
A separate insider noted that Britney and Ingham had been in touch “multiple times” since her testimony, adding, “During those conversations, she has reiterated to him that she wants him to file the paperwork to end the conservatorship.”
Ingham was assigned to Britney’s case in 2008 at the onset of the conservatorship by Judge Reva Goetz. The appointment has been met with much criticism from legal experts, who have pointed out that conservatees are often given the option to choose their own counsel and questioned why the “Overprotected” singer was not.
Ingham did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
Montgomery, for her part, told us via her attorney, Lauriann Wright, on Tuesday that she “has no plans to step down” as the conservator of Britney’s person.
“She remains committed to steadfastly supporting Ms. Spears in every way she can within the scope of her duties as a conservator of the person,” Wright said of Montgomery. “Ms. Spears as recently as yesterday has asked Ms. Montgomery to continue to serve. Ms. Montgomery will continue to serve as a conservator for as long as Ms. Spears and the Court desire her to do so.”
The next hearing in Britney’s conservatorship case is set for July 14.
Britney Spears’ Longtime Manager Larry Rudolph Resigns As Singer Weighs Retirement(7/6/21) Larry Rudolph, the longtime manager of Britney Spears, has resigned as more controversy swirls over the pop singer’s restrictive conservatorship.
“It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus,” Rudolph, who has been Spears’ main manager since the early years of her career in the mid-1990s, wrote in a letter Monday sent to Spears’ co-conservators Jamie Spears and the court-appointed Jodi Montgomery. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.” He added, “As her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
This latest twist in the Spears saga comes days after co-conservator Bessemer Trust jumped from assisting and overseeing the performer’s career and $50 million-plus fortune. As she made clear in her June 23 appearance at a hearing over the 13-year-old conservatorship, Spears herself wants the complex legal arrangement dissolved or fundamentally altered.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end. I want my life back,” she told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny as family, lawyers and court officials listened in. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive … I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
Rudolph states in his resignation letter that he has “never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations.” However, “management” was mentioned by Spears herself in her sometimes chilling statement to the court via telephone late last month.
Focusing on a 2018 tour that she was reluctant to participate in, the singer said that she was informed “my own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour.” Spears, who also has a business manager overseeing her career, went to add, “he handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary and, with the conservatorship, I couldn’t even get my own attorney. So, out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour.”
Except for a period of time in 2007 and 2008, Rudolph has helped guide Spears’ career since 1995 and through the onetime Princess of Pop’s ascent to the top of the charts with hits like “Baby One More Time” and “Toxic.” Even after the conservatorship kicked in in 2008 after a series of public incidents involving Spears, the returning Rudolph remained a stabilizing figure for Spears as she released more albums, went on world tours and even had a lucrative residency in Las Vegas.
Spears suddenly pulled out of the Sin City shows in 2019 saying she was going on a “hiatus” due in no small part to health issues her sometimes estranged father Jamie was experiencing.
Spears has indicated online and elsewhere that she may not return to performing. Most recently, a probing New Yorker piece by Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino detailed the extremes the conservatorship has gone to over the years, and leaned into Spears’ displeasure over the machine her career has become.
Currently, the controversial conservatorship, which has spawned the #FreeBritney movement, has a July 14 hearing on the calendar. Although Spears indicated last month she wanted to end the conservatorship and perhaps replace her court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham III (who is cc’d on Rudolph’s letter today), neither the singer nor her camp have filed paperwork to terminate it — a move that is within her legal rights in California.
As it stands, the arrangement that controls Spears’ career, personal and professional finances, her relationship with her children, who she sees and doesn’t see, and even her own body is set to run until at least September of this year.
Here’s the full letter from Rudolph, who also manages Aerosmith and its lead singer Steven Tyler.
James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the estate of Britney Spears:
It has been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.
As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details. I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.
Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.
I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, an
Britney Spears’ mother Lynne has ‘mixed feelings’ over conservatorship battle(7/3/21) Lynne Spears, mother of pop star Britney Spears, is torn over her “mixed feelings” regarding her daughter’s conservatorship battle — a fight that led the singer to call 911 the night before her bombshell testimony.
“I got mixed feelings about everything,” Lynne, 66, confessed to journalists Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino in a new report from The New Yorker. “I don’t know what to think … It’s a lot of pain, a lot of worry.”
Lynne reportedly “spoke in a whisper” while on the phone with Farrow and Tolentino and “declined to answer detailed questions about the case.”
She also apologized after telling them she might have to “hang up abruptly” if a family member entered the room.
“I’m good. I’m good at deflecting,” she added.
The piece also claims the 39-year-old “Toxic” singer called 911 the night before she pled her case to have the conservatorship terminated.
According to the publication, Spears called the emergency line to report herself as a victim of abuse in her conservatorship, a call they confirmed through Ventura County law enforcement and a close friend.
The following day, she testified that her family, namely her father Jamie Spears, should be sued over the terms over her conservatorship.
“I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you,” she said during her 23-minute statement. “I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them. I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long. It is not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry, and I cry every day.”
Jamie, who has had control over much of Britney’s personal life and finances over the years, has denied mismanaging the pop star’s career as one of her conservators.
Britney Spears Called 911 To Report Conservatorship Abuse Night Before Court Testimony – Report(7/3/21) Britney Spears called 911 to report conservatorship abuse one night prior to presenting her testimony in court, according to a New Yorker exposé published on Saturday by Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino.
“Members of Spears’s team began texting one another frantically,” Farrow and Tolentino wrote, in describing the events that followed. “They were worried about what Spears might say the next day, and they discussed how to prepare in the event that she went rogue.”
A source close to the Ventura County, CA-based pop star confirmed word of her 911 call to the investigative journalists. Law enforcement officials in the County also verified that it happened. But while emergency calls are typically made accessible to the public, the County has sealed that of Spears, citing an ongoing investigation.
The 39-year-old pop star was was first placed in a comprehensive conservatorship in 2008, following a series of public incidents and hospitalizations. On June 23, she phoned in to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, to speak publicly about the conservatorship for the first time, expressing her desire for it to be terminated.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end. I want my life back,” Spears told Judge Brenda Penny. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive … I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
The report from Farrow and Tolentino comes on the heels of a number of major developments in Spears’ conservatorship battle. On July 1, wealth management firm Bessemer Trust petitioned to withdraw as her co-conservator. The day prior, Judge Brenda Penny denied her request to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed from his position as her co-conservator.
Britney Spears Bessemer's Bouncing from Conservatorship ... Doesn't Want to Deal with the Mess(7/1/21) The financial institution appointed by the judge to become co-conservator of Britney Spears' estate is bowing out before it even gets started ... TMZ has learned.
Sources with direct knowledge tell us ... Bessemer Trust has decided it does not want to get involved because it's become gun-shy over all the controversy surrounding the conservatorship.
As one source put it ... Bessemer feels the circumstances surrounding Britney's conservatorship have become a "hornet's nest" ... so it's bailing.
Our sources say Bessemer doesn't want to deal with Jamie Spears, but there's more. It has issues, we're told, with Britney's lawyer, Sam Ingham, along with all of the public outcry over her case ... especially after Britney's courtroom cry for help last week.
That means, at least for now, Britney's dad will remain sole conservator of her estate.
We broke the story ... the judge denied attorney Ingham's request to suspend Jamie from estate conservatorship duties back in November. However, the judge did approve Bessemer being made co-conservator along with Jamie, but it still hasn't taken effect yet because Ingham waited until a few days ago to file the necessary documents for that to happen.
It'll all be a moot point now ... because Bessemer's getting out.
Britney Spears Judge Denies Move to Oust Jamie(6/30/21) Britney Spears's lawyer asked the judge in her conservatorship case to boot her father Jamie Spears as the conservator of her estate, but a judge just shot that down and says Jamie stays -- at least for now.
Britney's lawyer, Sam Ingham, actually asked the court to suspend Jamie from conservatorship duties back in November and the judge denied the request back then. We're told Ingham wanted Jamie replaced by Bessemer Trust, which would have become the sole conservator of her estate, but the judge wasn't having it.
Ingham, for whatever reason, just let things sit for months -- he was supposed to file certain papers for Bessemer's new role to take effect. Finally -- just recently -- Ingham filed legal docs that Bessemer be made co-conservator. The judge just approved that, but also said Jamie will stay as co-conservator himself. The judge also reiterated that Ingham's request to suspend Jamie was denied.
It's important to note, the judge signed this order keeping Jamie in place AFTER Britney's testimony last week.
As you know, Britney wants Jamie out entirely, so it's pretty clear her lawyer will file another motion to remove Jamie.
By the way, everyone has been assuming Bessemer has been acting as co-conservator of Britney's estate for months, but turns out that's not the case. Actually, Bessemer still isn't a co-conservator -- certain documents must still be filed before the judge's order takes effect.
Bottom line ... Jamie has been and continues to be the sole conservator of Britney's estate.
To be continued ...
Britney Spears Personal Conservator Responds to Dad's Claims ... She Has No Marriage or Baby Restrictions(6/30/21) 6:57 AM: Jamie Spears has fired back at his daughter's allegations he has taken away her freedom and even her right to marry ... he says that all falls on his successor.
Jamie filed legal docs claiming he has not had ANY involvement in Britney's personal conservatorship -- meaning making personal decisions on behalf of Britney -- for nearly 2 years.
Furthermore, he says he hasn't even spoken to his daughter in a long time because "he has been cut off from communicating with her."
Jamie lays any blame for the restrictive rules on the current personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery. He says when Britney's lawyer filed docs to appoint Montgomery, he claimed at the time Britney did not have the mental capacity to make decisions about her medical treatment and therefore it was left to the conservator of her person -- now Jodi Montgomery. Jamie says bluntly, the court never found she was unable to consent to medical treatment and the court never made such an order.
The upshot -- Jamie claims it was Britney's own lawyer, Sam Ingham, who has been seeking to take away his client's right to make medical decisions on her behalf and vest those decisions solely in Montgomery's hands.
According to the legal docs, "Ms. Montgomery has been fully in charge of Ms. Spears' day-to-day personal care and medical treatment, and Ms. Montgomery has made all decisions related to those matters."
Furthermore, Jamie says if Britney has been restricted from marrying or having a baby, it's on Jodi Montgomery, not him. In fact, Jamie says he consented to Britney's marriage when she got engaged to Jason Trawick in 2011 ... but, as you know, they broke up in 2013 before tying the knot.
In another document, Jamie's lawyer says, "Mr. Spears believes it is important for the integrity of the conservatorship proceedings and in the best interests of Ms. Spears for the Court to order an investigation into the issues and claims raised by [Britney] at the June 23, 2021 status hearing."
Jamie's lawyer goes on ... "Either the allegations will be shown to be true, in which case corrective action must be taken, or they will be shown to be false, in which case the conservatorship can continue its course."
The lawyer says, "It is not acceptable for Conservators or the Court to do nothing in response to Ms. Spears' testimony."
Update 10:55 AM PT -- Montgomery's responded to Jamie's finger-pointing, claiming her primary goal since she took over as Britney's personal conservator in Sept. 2019 has been "to assist and encourage Britney in her path to no longer needing a conservatorship of the person."
According to Montgomery's lawyer ... Britney's desire to get married and have a baby has never been impacted by the conservatorship while Jodi's been conservator of the person, and says she's always been there to honor Britney's wishes and look out for her best interests.
TMZ's confirmed that in a conservatorship like Britney's, this is true ... she has the right to marry and plan a family and a conservator cannot restrict her rights in these areas.
Jodi's attorney says she's been nothing but a "tireless advocate" for Britney and her well-being, and has followed California's Code of Ethics as her conservator to the letter of the law.
As for Britney's finances, Jodi's lawyer says that's really Jamie's domain, not hers. She says, "Ms. Montgomery has advocated on Britney’s behalf for any expenditures that Britney has requested as well as for expenditures recommended by Britney’s medical team. Not every requested expenditure has been approved. Jamie Spears, as conservator of the estate, has a duty to make decisions in the best interests of the estate, and sometimes that has meant requested expenditures have been denied or limited."
Kevin Federline may request evaluation before Britney Spears’ conservatorship ends(6/29/21) While Britney Spears can count on ex-husband Kevin Federline for support as she seeks to end her controversial conservatorship, he has concerns regarding the idea of her regaining full control of her life “without any expert evaluation,” according to his attorney.
Divorce lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan shared Federline’s thoughts on Spears’ desire for the conservatorship to be terminated, exclusively telling Page Six that the DJ would likely have concerns due to decisions previously made in terms of the “Toxic” singer’s medical care.
“I’ve seen it reported that Britney wants [the conservatorship] terminated without any expert evaluation,” Kaplan told us. “One thing that I can imagine will engender a further dialogue should it be terminated is that I know she had revealed in the statement she made that she had been put on lithium, and I think, as you can imagine, lithium is regarded as a very powerful psychotropic medication.
“I have to hope that if some medical professional prescribed that for her that there was some condition or basis for that to be deemed an appropriate medical protocol,” he went on. “So, if the conservatorship were to end and even more so to be terminated without an exit evaluation, I’m sure that Kevin would at least want to know what the conditions were that gave rise to her being prescribed that, and Kevin would probably have to engender some dialogue along those lines at some point in time if that were to occur.”
Despite his concerns, Federline believes Spears’ health and happiness is vital when it comes to the pair co-parenting sons Sean Preston, 15, and Jayden James, 14.
“It was distressing to see her be in distress,” Kaplan told us. “Kevin really has no inside information about what goes on inside of the conservatorship, but obviously if Britney is in a healthy and good and strong place, that’s great. He wants her to be happy and healthy.”
Federline, 43, and Spears, 39, were married from 2004 to 2007.
Last week, the Grammy winner broke her silence about the conservatorship that has allowed her father, Jamie Spears, to control her personal life and assets, namely her estimated $60 million fortune, since it began in 2008 after her public breakdown.
Britney also stated during the court hearing that she wants to marry and have a baby with boyfriend Sam Asghari but the conservatorship will not allow it.
“I have an [IUD] in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby, and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” she claimed. “I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied, and I feel left out and alone.”
The “Me Against the Music” singer is currently on a Hawaiian vacation with Asghari, 27, whom she has been dating since 2016. She wrote on Instagram Tuesday that she is prioritizing her “mental and physical health” during the trip.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean compares Britney Spears to Princess Diana(6/29/21) Take it from someone who’s larger than life.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean compared Britney Spears to Princess Diana as Spears’ battle to end her conservatorship rages on.
“I would compare the level of insanity with Britney to what happened to Princess Diana,” McLean, 43, told co-host Cheryl Burke on his “Pretty Messed Up” podcast Sunday. “It’s sad to see what has transpired over the last 13 years.”
Since the premiere of the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary in February, there have been renewed calls for the public and paparazzi to apologize to Spears, 39, for the way they treated her during her mid-2000s breakdown.
Many people have likened the “Toxic” singer’s situation to the scrutiny that Diana faced before dying in a 1997 car crash caused in part by photographers.
McLean explained Sunday that he met Spears when she was “living in the same apartment complex as me when she was doing ‘The Mickey Mouse Club.’
“She was the sweetest, sweetest girl,” he recalled. “I can speak for myself: I was 14 when Backstreet Boys started. As a young person, boy or girl, thrust into this business, it makes your head spin.”
McLean said that he personally doesn’t agree with Spears’ conservatorship, which has controlled nearly every aspect of her life for 13 years — down to the color of her kitchen cabinets — despite her continued success as a performer.
“I only know one side,” he said. “I don’t know what is going through the parents’ minds. In my opinion, I think it should have ended a while ago or at least dumbed down a bit. It doesn’t seem fair. I do hope that the [resolution] is that this poor girl gets her life back. Just to be able to go to the grocery store by yourself, be able to go get a physical if you’re feeling sick.”
The boy band icon concluded, “At the end of the day, the truth will come out. I am 100 million percent on the #FreeBritney train because I completely agree with it. All of us should just pray for Britney and also pray for her family, because, again, I can’t even imagine as a parent what is going through her mom and her dad’s mind. I want to put out a prayer for all of them.”
Spears, her fellow pop diva Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC member Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling were all members of the sixth season of “The All-New Mickey Mouse Club” in 1993.
McLean, for his part, became the first member of the group that would evolve into the Backstreet Boys in 1992. BSB shared a producer/impresario with *NSYNC in convicted Ponzi schemer Lou Pearlman, whose other teen pop group holdings included Innosense, an early vehicle for Spears.
The “…Baby One More Time” songstress was placed under a conservatorship largely controlled by her father, Jamie Spears, in 2008 following her public breakdown in 2007. The movement to free her from under it has ramped up in the past year, exploding last week when Britney used a rare address to the court to describe the conservatorship as “abusive.”
“I am not happy,” she said. “I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail.”
Jamie Lynn Spears Speaks Out Following Britney Spears Conservatorship Hearing(6/28/21) On Monday, Jamie Lynn Spears made an emotional statement in support of sister Britney Spears, on the heels of the pop star’s latest conservatorship hearing.
“Hey everybody, I just want to take a second to address a few things,” the younger Spears said, in the first of a series of Stories published to her official Instagram account. “The only reason I haven’t before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, that it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do. But now that she’s very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feel I need to say.”
From Jamie Lynn Spears’ perspective, “it’s extremely clear” that she has “only loved, adored and supported” her sister, since the day she was born.
“I’m so proud of her for using her voice. I am so proud of her for requesting new counsel, like I told her to do many years ago,” Spears continued. “Oh, not on a big public platform, but just in a personal conversation between two sisters.”
The former Zoey 101 star appeared to be defending herself against internet critics, suspicious of her silence, on the subject of her sister’s conservatorship. Some on social media had leveled accusations at her, via tweets and TikTok videos, suggesting that she has aimed to benefit from the conservatorship, overseen by her father Jamie Spears.
She noted, in her social media statement, that she does not “owe the public anything”—including a statement of the kind she was making. “I have made a very conscious choice in my life to only participate in [Britney’s] life as her sister, as an aunt to [her] boys,” she said.
She also dismissed claims that she’s attempted to take advantage of her sister’s legal situation. “I mean, I’ve worked to pay my own frickin’ bills since I was 10 years old,” she said. “My sister knows I love and support her, and that’s the only person I owe anything to.
“Maybe I didn’t support her the way the public would like me to, with a hashtag on a public platform, but I can assure you that I’ve supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after,” Spears continued. “I have nothing to gain or lose [from the conservatorship] either way. This situation does not affect me either way because I am only her sister who is only concerned about her happiness.
“I am not my family. I am my own person. I am speaking for myself. If ending the conservatorship and flying to Mars—or whatever the hell else—[is what] she wants to do to be happy, I support that 100 percent because I support my sister,” she said in summation. “I love my sister—always have, always will—as long as she’s happy.”
Jamie Lynn Spears’ comments come on the heels of Britney Spears’ latest court appearance on June 23, during which she advocated for the termination of her conservatorship.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end. I want my life back,” the elder Spears said via telephone, to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive … I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
Spears was first placed in a comprehensive conservatorship in 2008, following a series of public incidents and hospitalizations. Britney fans have long scrutinized the arrangement and called for her to be let out of it, using the hastag #FreeBritney.
Amber Tamblyn Relates To Britney Spears Court Drama: “A Profoundly Radical Act”(6/26/21) Actress Amber Tamblyn says she can relate to Britney Spears’s courtroom anguish in her conservatorship hearing. That’s because she lived a version of it.
In a New York Times opinion piece today, Tamblyn noted that “Britney Spears is not the only woman in the public eye who has long been privately controlled, but she may be one of the first women in a very long time to give such a damning public record of it.”
Spears shocked the world this week by testifying in a Los Angeles conservatorship hearing about the enormous control her father has over her life, finances and even her reproductive capabilities. She maintained she was forced to have an IUD inserted to prevent a new pregnancy. All of this came out in an effort to remove her father’s longstanding conservatorship over her. It marked the first time that many heard her complaints about the restrictions, and her remarks rippled through fans, the media and her entertainment industry supporters.
Tamblyn began as a child actress, starring in Joan of Arcadia and later in long stints in House and Two and a Half Men. She became the driving economic force of her middle class family, and said in the Times there is a line that is crossed when families become too deeply involved in their child’s career.
“But as someone who has experienced a small taste of what Britney has gone through, I know that what she has done is a profoundly radical act,” said Tamblyn, “one that I hope will ripple through the bodies and bank accounts of women across industries for generations to come. By speaking up, she has reminded us that our autonomy, both bodily and fiscal, is worth fighting for.”
Tamblyn’s account detailed how her parents became advisers on her finances and career choices. While the relationship remains friendly, Tamblyn acknowledges her discomfort about their roles, which often impeded normal family conversations and eventually became an emotional wedge.
“I was everyone’s A.T.M.,” Tamblyn wrote. “A bank that was, nonetheless, unconditionally loved. Still, as I got older, it got harder to trust the source of that love.”
Tamblyn admitted that her own level of discomfort doesn’t rise to the level of Spears. “But I can see how easy it would have been to slip into those dynamics. In these situations, some kind of damage is invariably done — a stunting of the ability of an individual to grow and make the most basic of decisions, or practice good boundaries. When I finally parted professional ways with my parents, they couldn’t help but feel as if they had done something wrong. But they hadn’t. Money had.”
Britney Spears Spills One More Time On Conservatorship, “Pretending,” & Shocking Court Appearance(6/24/21) Turns out Britney Spears didn’t say all she had to say yesterday in court about the restrictive conservatorship that has ruled her life and career since 2008.
Just over 24 hours after telling a Los Angeles Superior Court judge and fans over the globe via the phone that she believed “this conservatorship is abusive” and “I want my life back,” Spears took to social media today to put the spotlight on the not quite accurate image she has been presenting the past few years.
“I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years …I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me,” the “..Baby One More Time” singer wrote. “Believe it or not pretending that I’m ok has actually helped,” Spears added – as you can see in the post below.
Stunning DTLA listeners and #FreeBritney advocates with her rare court appearance and revelations of forced medication that makes her feel “drunk,” an IUD she isn’t allowed to have removed and essentially every aspect of her daily life, profession and finances being under scrutiny, Spears bluntly exclaimed she wanted the long term control her father and appointed officials have over her and her more than $50 million fortune to cease. However, at least up until today, the 39-year old multi-platinum performer hasn’t yet actually filed paperwork with LASC Judge Brenda Penny to have the conservatorship discontinued or even augmented.
Along with the likely replacement of Spears’ court assigned attorney Samuel D. Ingham III, the move to at least hit the pause button on the conservatorship is expected in the forthcoming weeks. A wide ranging July 14 that is on Judge Penny’s calendar could see the opening stages of that process.
Though she saw her liberty curtailed 13-years ago following a series of public spectacles and stints in the hospital, Spears never really ceased churning out albums, tours and even a Las Vegas residency from 2013 up until she suddenly announced “an indefinite work hiatus” in 2019.
Lacking the custody of her two now teenage sons, Spears expressed on Wednesday that she was in no rush to get back in the studio or on stage. Besides regaining her agency, Spears’ top priority seems to be marrying her long time boyfriend and having another child.
Spears wasn’t the only member of her household to take fans backstage today, so to speak. Her boyfriend Sam Asghari shared playful lfootage of the duo on a private jet on his IG on Thursday – no word if the images were recent or not.
Getaways or not, the overall renewed attention on Spears’ state of affairs was in no small part spawned by the NYT produced Framing Britney Spears documentary that premiered on Hulu and FX in February. Revealing the extent of Spears confinement and the legal quagmire she has been trapped in, the doc hit a nerve with fans and others. Another wave of support for the singer flooded social media platforms after her court appearance on Wednesday from the likes of Rose McGowan, Mariah Carey and Spears’ sometimes not so kindly inclined ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Britney Spears Wants End To Restrictive Conservatorship; “I Want My Life Back,” Singer Tells Court(6/23/21) “I would honestly like to be able to sue my family,” Britney Spears said Wednesday via telephone to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom during a hearing over her on her longtime and restrictive conservatorship. “After I’ve told the whole world I’m OK, it’s a lie,” the once-time Princess of Pop added. “I’m not happy, I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day.”
About 100 fevered fans outside the L.A. Superior Court venue, the much anticipated remote appearance by the “Toxic” singer was one of the few times Spears has spoken out since being placed in the comprehensive conservatorship in 2008, when almost full control of the mother of two was given to her father Jamie Spears after a series of public incidents and hospitalizations.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end. I want my life back,” Spears went on to say today in an often hurried manner as family, lawyers and court officials listened in. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive … I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition to end the conservatorship.”
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” Spears said, comparing her situation to sex trafficking. “I deserve to have a life.”
The comments came after years of discord behind the scenes, on social media and in court regarding the conservatorship. The singer’s main attorney Samuel D. Ingham III informed the court back on April 27 that his client wanted to “address the court directly.” With the spotlight intensified due to the #FreeBritney movement that grew exponentially out of the probing Framing Britney Spears documentary that launched on Hulu and FX in February, Spears indeed did that today.
Revealing, among other things, that she would like to have another child but can’t because of an IUD she isn’t allowed to have removed, Spears exclaimed at one point that her father “loved the control he had over someone as powerful as me.”
Telling Judge Brenda Penny that “I wish I could stay on the phone to you forever,” Spears’ statements during today’s status hearing were a far cry from the usual dance moves and cryptic remarks she posts on social media.
The most public display of discontent by Spears over the past 13 years, today is not actually the first time she has sought to recalibrate her legal equation. Just a few years after the conservatorship was put in place, the multi-platinum singer pushed back in the courts against the vast control her father has over her $50 million-plus fortune, plus her medical, personal and professional choices. According to documents cited in a New York Times investigation published Tuesday, the now 39-year-old Britney Spears thought the conservatorship had “too, too much” control over her life and affairs.
Despite the fact that in most circumstances, with the exception of severe cases, conservatorships often last a few months or a couple of years at most, Spears’ state has been repeatedly upheld by the courts. This situation has continued even though Spears has been putting out albums routinely and even had a lucrative Las Vegas residency from 2013 up until she announced “an indefinite work hiatus” in 2019. That pause was in part, Spears said at the time, because of the health of her sometimes estranged father. Jamie Spears, according to his daughter on social media at the time, “almost died” from a ruptured colon. That same year saw lawyer Andrew Wallet leave his role co-running the conservatorship and later the elder Spears relinquish oversight of his daughter’ s medical affairs, but not her finances and therefore her career. Licensed fiduciary Jodi Montgomery was temporarily appointed to the conservatorship two years ago, a role Ingham petitioned the court this March to make permanent; today, Spears herself said that “even Jodi is starting to take it too far.”
In a hearing earlier this year, the court-appointed Ingham told Penny that his client is “afraid of her father” and “will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career.” Which is why since February of this year, Jamie Spears has shared running his daughter’s cash with wealth management firm Bessemer Trust, a company Penny put in place.
Unsurprisingly, with the mammoth interest in Spears’ appearance today, there were some technical glitches in the hearing. Specifically, the LASC website crashed and had to be reset after a surge of sign-ons overwhelmed the system just before the hearing’s scheduled 1:30 PM PT start. In fact, Spears herself had issues as Penny’s clerk didn’t recognize her when the singer first called in to access the hearing. Asked to identify herself, Spears hesitated and then said “Oh me, Britney Spears!”
At the end of Spears’ 20 minutes of comments, Penny (who is the mother of Insecure showrunner Prentice Penny) said to her: “I know it took a lot of courage for you to say everything.”
(Update, 3:25 PM) “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering, and in so much pain,” Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian Lee Thoreen said in a brief statement read to the court upon return from a short recess. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.”
Likely to exit as Britney Spears’ own lawyer soon upon his client’s desires, Ingham told the court now that the singer had her say, she would like “proceedings sealed going forward.” How and when those proceedings move ahead is TBD as no formal petition for termination of the conservatorship or anything else related to the Spears matter has been filed. Noting Spears’ care plan should be updated, Penny counseled the lawyers to talk and work out what’s to come next, after which she would schedule more time on the calendar.
Britney Spears She Won't Have Final Say ... Doctors Rule in Conservatorship Hearing(6/23/21) Britney Spears has made it clear ... she wants the judge to hear her out over her long-running conservatorship, but even if she wants out, it's virtually certain that will not happen without a sign off by a team of doctors.
As you know by now, Britney will address the judge Wednesday at 1:30 PM PT, and there are plenty of fans who are praying she's cut loose from her conservatorship that has been in place for 13 years.
Up to now, she has never asked the court to end the conservatorship ... not once. Multiple sources tell TMZ, Britney has been at loggerheads with her dad, Jamie, for years. Jamie was once both her personal conservator and conservator of her estate. He stepped down as her personal conservator, and is now co-conservator of her estate with a financial institution.
One thing she's made clear ... she will NOT perform until her dad is out completely. That said, our sources say she has not taken any steps to plan for a return to the stage or the studio in the event Jamie is gone.
So, the question ... will Britney ask to end the conservatorship entirely? That is truly a wild card. What's different now is that she's in what appears to be a stable, fairly long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. They started dating in 2016. It's certainly possible Britney feels Sam can care for her -- thus no need for a conservatorship.
That said, if Britney asks to end the conservatorship, that's the beginning of the saga ... not the end. She was placed in the conservatorship for medical reasons. Sources with direct knowledge tell us ... a team of doctors say she has a condition that prevents her from safely caring for herself. We're told the doctors have been in place for the entire conservatorship and have not changed their opinion.
It's pretty obvious ... if Britney wants out, the judge will want to hear from the doctors ... something the current and previous judges have regularly reviewed over the last 13 years. That is the core issue in the conservatorship -- Can Britney safely care for herself and others for whom she's responsible? If the answer is yes, then the judge should end the conservatorship, but if the judge believes the answer is no -- based on the testimony of doctors -- then she would almost certainly lose any such bid to terminate the conservatorship.
Jamie Spears allegedly controlled Britney’s whole life — even her cabinet colors(6/22/21) Britney Spears’ dad has such total control over the 39-year-old pop star’s life that he even has final say over what color cabinets she has in her kitchen, according to a new report on her infamous conservatorship.
The “Toxic” singer allegedly told her dad, Jamie, that she wanted to re-stain the cabinets, but he thought such renovation work would be too expensive, the the New York Times reported, citing newly revealed confidential documents.
Spears’ conservatorship — of which her dad is a member along with a financial firm — has led the singer to complain to a court investigator in 2016 that she was “sick of being taken advantage of” and felt she was “the one working and earning her money but everyone around her is on her payroll,” the report said.
That year, the pop star also informed the investigator that she wanted the conservatorship terminated altogether, reportedly stating that her father was “obsessed” with controlling her life.
“She articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” the court investigator wrote, adding that Spears said, “Too much control … Too, too much!”
Britney’s father was named conservator of her person and co-conservator of her estate alongside attorney Andrew Wallet in 2008 following her public breakdown in 2007.
Wallet stepped down as estate manager in October 2020, and a financial firm named Bessemer Trust was put in his place. Jamie, 68, remains co-conservator of Britney’s money but not her personal affairs, which a licensed fiduciary, Jodi Montgomery, temporarily began overseeing in September 2019.
Jamie may have to split — or relinquish altogether — his duties as conservator of the person since Britney wants Montgomery, who’s been described as her care manager, to permanently take over the role.
There have been rumblings for months that Britney has been trying to push her father out of the conservatorship following her court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III’s November 2020 court filing, in which he said the “Toxic” singer is allegedly “afraid” of her dad.
Tuesday’s New York Times article further drives the narrative that Britney is not happy with Jamie overseeing her personal and financial affairs.
Documents obtained by the newspaper from a 2014 hearing stated that Ingham said the pop star had issues with her dad even back then, citing his drinking and a “shopping list” of other grievances.
The report also said the conservatorship has attempted to control all aspects of Britney’s life — even who she dates. The report noted that Britney only had a $2,000 weekly allowance.
Britney also told the court during a closed-door hearing that she was forced to go to a mental health facility against her will in 2019, per the Times. She reportedly saw it as punishment for making an objection during a rehearsal for her Las Vegas residency, which she said she once performed with a 104-degree fever.
However, Jamie’s team has maintained that if Britney really wanted to end the conservatorship, she has had every opportunity to do so.
“Any time Britney wants to end her conservatorship, she can ask her lawyer to file a petition to terminate it; she has always had this right but in 13 years has never exercised it,” Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen, told People earlier this year. “Britney knows that her Daddy loves her, and that he will be there for her whenever and if she needs him, just as he always has been — conservatorship or not.”
The back-and-forth may likely end on Wednesday, as Britney is scheduled to address Judge Brenda Penny for the first time herself that day.
She, along with Jamie and their respective legal teams, will attend the hearing virtually.
A rep for Jamie did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
Britney Spears’ boyfriend ‘has been a huge support’ before court hearing(6/22/21) Britney Spears’ boyfriend, Sam Asghari, is helping her get ready to “break the ice” with the judge at her conservatorship hearing this week.
“Sam has been a huge support for Britney. He helps boost her confidence and assures her that everything will go well,” a source exclusively told Page Six.
“He has been following the #FreeBritney movement online for a while now and always tells Britney how much she’s loved and supported by fans,” the source added.
Spears, who started dating Asghari in 2016, is set to face Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny for the first time during a virtual hearing on Wednesday after months of drama with her father, Jamie Spears, who has been actively involved in her conservatorship since 2008.
“Britney is feeling anxious but prepared going into the hearing,” the source revealed. “People see her as this world-renowned pop star who commands the stage, but she is actually a shy person in real life, so she’s a bit nervous to face the judge.”
The conservatorship — which bars Britney, 39, from making personal and financial decisions without the approval of her guardians — is “obviously a very sensitive and serious matter” to the singer, according to the source, “so she wants everything to go according to plan” on Wednesday.
“It’s very important to Britney that her voice is heard after 13 years of having other people speak for her,” the source said.
The Grammy winner has only publicly spoken about her conservatorship a handful of times since it began in 2008 on the heels of her public breakdown and divorce from Kevin Federline, with whom she shares sons Sean Preston, 15, and Jayden James, 14.
Asghari, however, has become more vocal of late. In February, the personal trainer, 27, called Jamie, 68, a “total d–k” and said they will not be on good terms until the Spears patriarch “starts treating his daughter right.”
Jamie, for his part, has continued to fight to stay on the case — and on Britney’s payroll — despite the performer saying in November that she is “afraid” of him.
“When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally,” Jamie told CNN in December.
Reps for Britney and Asghari did not immediately respond to Page Six’s requests for comment.
Britney Spears has ‘no idea’ if she’ll ever perform again(6/18/21) Even Britney Spears has “no idea” where her career stands.
Two and a half years into her “indefinite work hiatus,” the “Toxic” singer, 39, admitted that her future as a performer remains up in the air.
“Am I ready to take the stage again? Am I going to take the stage again? Will I ever take the stage again? I have no idea,” Spears told fans in an Instagram video on Thursday.
“I’m having fun right now. I’m [at] a transition in my life, and I’m enjoying myself, so that’s it.”
Elsewhere in the video, the Grammy winner answered several mundane questions about her shoe size and favorite business trip, which #FreeBritney activists insisted were not among the queries that they had sent in amid Spears’ ongoing conservatorship battle.
“Honey no. We didn’t ask these. We love you though,” one fan commented.
Another wrote, “Baby the ONLY question we ask you is IF YOU ARE OK.”
Spears took a step back from the spotlight in January 2019, saying in a statement at the time that she needed to take care of her father, Jamie Spears, after he underwent multiple surgeries for a ruptured colon.
The entertainer’s relationship with Jamie, 68, has since become fractured, with a source telling Page Six in March, “She hasn’t talked to her dad in over a year.”
Both Britney and Jamie have also confirmed that they are no longer in communication. She said through her lawyer in November 2020 that she “will not perform” with her dad in charge of her career, while Jamie told CNN in December that he and Britney had not been on “good terms” in months.
The Spears family’s drama stems from Britney’s conservatorship, which has greatly limited her freedom since it was put into place in 2008 after her public breakdown. Jamie had control over his daughter’s personal affairs and finances for years, but since his 2019 health scare, he has only overseen the latter with the help of a private firm, Bessemer Trust.
A source told Page Six in May that Britney, who has not released an album in nearly five years, wants Jamie removed from the case entirely. She is due to speak in court for the first time on June 23.
Britney Spears She Won't Ask Judge to End Conservatorship But She's Done with Dad(5/5/21) Britney Spears is itching to talk to the judge in her conservatorship case next month, but not to end the conservatorship ... it's all about giving her dad his walking papers.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Britney does not feel trapped in the 13-year-old conservatorship. As one source put it, "She has 99% of the freedom she'd have if she weren't in a conservatorship, and the only thing she's prevented from doing are crazy things, like buying 3 cars at a time [something she tried to do back in the day]."
Our sources say Britney has been free to travel -- she goes to Hawaii fairly often -- and lives her life in L.A. without real restrictions.
We're also told Britney is aware her life was out of control before the conservatorship was put in place, and it created a structure and also replenished her dwindling assets. As one source put it, "She's taken care of and she knows it."
Britney's problem is Jamie. We're told the two don't even speak anymore, and she's been angry at him for a long time over business issues and certain people Jamie embraced on the team ... people Britney doesn't like because she feels they were motivated not by her self-interest but theirs.
We're told Britney wants Jamie out as the co-conservator of her estate, managing her business affairs, and that's what she wants to talk to the judge about. She has no problem with the current conservatorship of her person. As we reported, Jodi Montgomery is now the permanent personal conservator of Britney, and the two get along.
Britney has said she will not perform again as long as Jamie is part of the conservatorship. That said, she's given no indication she wants to go back on stage and, in fact, has said she has other priorities.
It's likely the hearing next month will be open to the public. It should be riveting.
Britney Spears Wants To Speak At Conservatorship Hearing, According To Her Lawyer(4/27/21) The court-appointed attorney for Britney Spears said during Spears’ latest conservatorship hearing on Tuesday that the pop star wants to address the judge in court.
“The conservatee has requested that I seek from the court a status hearing at which she can address the court directly,” Samuel D. Ingham III told the judge overseeing the case, according to the New York Times. He proposed that the hearing be scheduled on an “expedited basis,” preferably within 30 days.
Interest in Spears’s case has peaked since the release of Framing Britney Spears, a documentary from the New York Times that debuted on FX and Hulu in February. The documentary sparked a rolling social media conversation about the singer’s treatment by the media and by some of those she trusted most. Many of Spears’ fans have actively participated in an online “FreeBritney” campaign calling for an end to the oversight of her life and affairs, but Spears herself has never directly addressed the situation.
The closest she has come of late is in a lengthy late-March Instagram post where she said, in part, “My life has always been very speculated…watched…and judged really my whole life…It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged…”
Spears’s lawyer did not say what the 39-year-old singer wants to tell Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, and the judge did not specifically say she would hear what Spears has to say. But the judge, after excusing herself to go in chambers and check her calendar, later scheduled a June 23 hearing on the status of the conservatorship.
The judge also set a July 14 hearing on other issues that were scheduled to be heard Tuesday, but postponed for further work by the attorneys. They include unspecified accounting issues, petitions for fees to be paid by the Spears estate and various motions to seal documents.
Ingham told the judge that he and Vivian Thoreen, the attorney for Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, have been working on a “global resolution” of the accounting issues and hope to have an agreement soon. Thoreen also said she plans to file an updated fees petition.
Forbes estimated in February that Spears has a net worth of $60 million. She hasn’t released new music since 2016 and she stopped touring in 2018. By comparison, Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Lopez each have built fortunes of more than $100 million. Beyonce is worth over $400 million.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
Spears has been under a conservatorship since 2008, when she was hospitalized several times after exhibiting bizarre behavior, including shaving her head.
Court documents show that in 2018, the singer’s living expenses were in the range of $400,000 and her travel expenses, $70,000. Legal and conservator fees that year totaled $1.1 million. Of that, Jamie Spears collected a court-approved $128,000 as conservator.
Jamie Spears and the Bessemer Trust Co. are the co-conservators of the Spears estate and share management of her business affairs. Ingham has said his client would be happier without her father involved and has sought clarification from other attorneys in the case if they approve a final order establishing Bessemer Trust’s role.
Attorneys for Jamie Spears have repeatedly insisted he has done excellent work managing his daughter’s finances. Spears lawyer says she is “strongly opposed” to her father returning as her personal conservator.
Britney Spears tells concerned fans she’s ‘extremely happy’ and ‘totally fine’(4/18/21) Britney Spears is doing her best to assure concerned fans that she’s “totally fine.”
The 39-year-old singer took to Instagram Friday night to post a Q&A session for fans, where she acknowledged that the most frequently asked question lately has been, “Are you okay?”
“Yes, I’m totally fine. I’m extremely happy, I have a beautiful home, beautiful children,” said Spears, who shares sons, Jayden James , 14, and Sean Preston, 15, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
“I’m taking a break right now because I’m enjoying myself,” she added.
She also said fans have been curious to know why she randomly posted a red refrigerator on Instagram three weeks ago.
“Honestly I just thought it was cool,” she shared, revealing that it had no deeper meaning. “I thought it was vintage, it was red and just really cool.”
The performer also responded to fans who asked her about potential dizzy spells from “spinning in my living room.”
“Yes, I get extremely dizzy,” she answered, “but I’m a dancer so as long as I have a focus point for my head, as I turn as long as I keep finding that spot, usually in the end it’s not as bad.”
Within the caption, Spears reveals that she recorded the video Thursday before making her way to Malibu in her boyfriend’s blazer, only to be spotted by paparazzi.
The video echos another she posted Monday where she said she’s “flattered” that fans are concerned for her well-being.
In recent months, the Grammy winner’s fans have been vocal supporters of the #FreeBritney movement, which aims to shine a light on alleged injustices in the conservatorship that she has been under since 2008. Spears’ fan base has also questioned whether she runs her social media, prompting her camp to maintain that she does.
Britney Spears New Documentary Is An Embarrassment ... I Cried For 2 Weeks!!!(3/30/21) (Video) Britney Spears says the latest documentary about her life is super embarrassing and it's got her in tears.
The singer broke her silence on the 'Framing Britney Spears' doc Tuesday, saying she was "embarrassed by the light they put me in."
Britney says she didn't watch the entire documentary, but she really didn't like the little bit she did see ... she says, "I cried for two weeks."
Brit shared her emotional reaction along with a video of her dancing to Aerosmith's hit song, "Crazy." She says she's dancing to Steven Tyler every night just to keep her sane.
As you know ... 'Framing Britney' has her fans fired up about how the pop star's been treated over the years by the media, Justin Timberlake, her father Jamie Spears and others.
Britney Spears Asks for Jodi Montgomery to be Permanent Conservator of her Person(3/24/21) The woman who's been in charge of many of Britney Spears' personal choices for about 2 years now has done a fine job -- so says Britney herself, who's asking to bring her on permanently -- but her lawyer wants to reserve the right to end the conservatorship.
New court docs were just filed in Britney's conservatorship case, and they reveal the singer wants Jodi Montgomery to become the new full-time conservator of her person going forward ... while noting she asked for her father, Jamie Spears, to resign from the position for good.
According to the paperwork, obtained by TMZ, Britney notes Jamie relinquished that power temporarily in September of 2019 ... and Jodi was appointed a temporary conservator of her person at that time. Now it looks like Britney wants to keep Jodi in the position going forward. Sources connected to the case tell us ... Jamie has no objections to the change, and Britney really likes Jodi in that role. He's fine with it.
As for the difference between the conservator of Britney's person and Britney's estate -- the latter of which Jamie is still co-conservator alongside Bessemer Trust Company -- is that Jodi is basically in charge of Brit's personal decisions, which entails quite a bit in her day-to-day.
The docs lay out exactly what they want Jodi to continue running as it pertains to Britney's well-being -- which include powers to limit visitors (so long as she isn't restricted from access to counsel), retain caretakers and security guards for Britney, prosecute civil harassment restraining orders that may arise and the power to communicate with medical personnel with respect to any treatment for Britney.
As co-conservator of the estate, Jamie still plays a role in managing her finances and business decisions.
Here's another interesting line in the docs that Britney's team filed ... "Petitioner expressly reserves the right to petition for termination of this conservatorship under Probate Code section 1861. Nothing in the within petition shall be deemed to constitute a waiver of that right." Make of that what you will ... but it is underlined and in bold.
Britney Conservatorship Case 2nd Hearing Since Doc ... Draws Huge #FreeBritney Crowd(3/17/21) One of the first Britney Spears hearings since the release of a documentary about her conservatorship brought out a huge wave of #FreeBritney supporters ... but it looks like it was all for nothing.
Check out the scores of people who showed up to a courthouse in downtown L.A. Wednesday for a hearing in the case about hundreds of thousands Brit's trying to recoup for her conservatorship ... but nothing ended up happening on that front.
The judge continued the matter for another day -- and it looks like the whole hearing lasted about 20 minutes max. And, yet ... these folks were determined to have their voices heard. As you can see, the troupe showed up in force -- with signs and posters and even megaphones in hand.
It's unclear why they arrived for this one with such numbers ... it's the 2nd hearing since the release of 'Framing Britney Spears' on Feb. 5. On Feb. 11 -- the first such hearing following the controversial doc -- it was determined Jamie would stay on as co-conservator along with Bessemer Trust Company.
As for what was supposed to be happening today -- a judge could've officially weighed in on whether the estate could recoup the $308k Britney says her dad paid to her former business manager, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group.
Remember, Britney claimed after she stopped performing in early 2019 ... Tri Star allegedly asked Jamie for more dough, since the 5% commission they get from Brit is based on revenue from her getting on stage. They asked for $500k minimum per year, and Britney says Jamie shot 'em $308k and change ... without running it by her people, or trying to negotiate a better deal.
What we do know for sure ... they wanna #FreeBritney, whatever that means.
BBC Plans Its Own #FreeBritney Documentary Following ‘Framing Britney Spears’(3/17/21) Following the success of FX/Hulu’s documentary Framing Britney Spears, the BBC has announced that it is planning its own film on the American singer and her conservatorship.
The BBC has greenlit Britney (working title), which will follow BAFTA-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar as he travels from Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, to Los Angeles and speaks to fans behind the #FreeBritney movement.
Along the way he attends a court hearing, finding himself in the midst of the ongoing battle between Spears’ conservatorship team and her passionate fans. He also meets those closest to the singer.
Azhar said: “I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship. I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who’ve had a front row seat in Britney’s life. This film taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships.”
Britney will broadcast on BBC Two and is produced by Forest, with Abacus Media Rights selling internationally. Laura Kaye is the producer, while the executive producer is Jeremy Lee. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland and Owen Courtney.
Justin Timberlake Finally Apologizes To Britney Spears, Janet Jackson After ‘Framing Britney Spears’ Doc Backlash(2/12/21) Justin Timberlake, who famously dated Britney Spears, responded to the backlash he’s received following the Framing Britney Spears documentary from the New York Times that debuted on FX and Hulu last week. It also comes in the context of an ongoing legal case between Spears and her father, in which the singer seeks to regain control of her finances.
Spears and Timberlake met when they were cast on The New Mickey Mouse Club in 1992. They dated from 1999-2002. After the spit, Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” seemed to blame Spears for their breakup. The music video featured an actress who looked a lot like Spears.
In an Instagram post Friday morning, Timberlake wrote in part, “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.”
He went on: “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
Timberlake was, of course, part of Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show that included what became known as a “wardrobe malfunction.”
Timberlake and Jackson apologized for the incident. The Federal Communications Commission hit CBS with a $550,000 fine.
Timberlake’s message goes on to a second page where the singer speaks more broadly about the music industry. “The industry is flawed,” he wrote. “It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this.”
The singer called the apology “a first step.”
“I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports,” he said. “I care deeply about the well-being of the people I love and have loved.”
“I can do better and I will do better,” he promised.
Framing Britney Spears has sparked a rolling social media conversation over the past week. On Monday, Twitter users praised Craig Ferguson for publicly refusing to shame the troubled Spears back in the day.
There has also been renewed scrutiny of the media’s treatment of Spears. On Tuesday, users began reposting an interview Diane Sawyer did with a 21-year-old Spears and calling on Sawyer to apologize. Part of this interview is featured in Framing Britney Spears.
Britney Spears Dad Remains Co-Conservator ... #FreeBritney Fans Show Up for Hearing(2/11/21) Britney Spears' bid to have her father less involved in her life didn't pan out ... as he's to remain co-conservator after the latest court hearing about the case.
As you may recall ... Britney's legal team had requested the Bessemer Trust Company become the sole conservator of her business affairs ... booting Jamie Spears as a co-conservator.
The judge denied the request Thursday and ordered that everything stay the same. None of the parties, including Britney, have asked the judge to end the conservatorship ... and that's been the case for the last 13 years.
As we reported, Britney's legal team previously filed docs indicating she won't perform until her father steps down. We're told the relationship between Britney and her dad has deteriorated.
In related news ... the #FreeBritney movement is in full swing ... some of her fans gathered with signs outside the courthouse to show their support.
The movement has been re-energized by the new documentary, "Framing Britney Spears," along with her boyfriend's recent beef with Jamie.
Britney fans certainly remember ... Sam Asghari called Jamie a "dick" Tuesday and said he's got no respect for Britney's father, accusing him of meddling in their relationship.
Britney Spears ‘fed up with conservatorship,’ has not seen documentary: source(2/8/21) Britney Spears has not seen “Framing Britney Spears,” but knows about the New York Times documentary that is shining a major spotlight on her conservatorship issues, a source exclusively told Page Six.
“As of Sunday, Britney hadn’t watched the documentary, but she’s aware of it,” the source said. “She had not seen any of it.”
When asked whether Britney, 39, was not given permission to view the docuseries as part of her legal restrictions, the insider shared that it was the pop star’s own decision not to watch it.
“She’s chosen not to watch it because she’s fed up with the conservatorship,” the source said. “She feels there is a hole missing in her life because of the conservatorship and that she won’t be able to live a normal life until that’s over. She knows it’s a battle for her whole life.”
In November, Britney’s attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, claimed in a court hearing that the “Toxic” singer had become “afraid” of her father, Jamie Spears, and wanted him removed from her conservatorship. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career,” he said.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Jamie, 68, from his duties, but stated that she was open to hear arguments for his removal in the future. Bessemer Trust was named as co-conservator.
Jamie told CNN in December that he hadn’t spoken to his daughter in months.
“When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally,” he said. “I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.”
Britney has been under conservatorship since her infamous mental breakdown in 2007.
“Framing Britney Spears,” which was released Friday on FX and Hulu, showed the “Baby One More Time” singer’s rise to fame, mental health issues as a result of severe public scrutiny, conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement.
Over the weekend, celebrities came out in droves to show their support, calling the pop star’s situation “sad” and “heartbreaking.”
But despite the latest microscopic attention on her ongoing legal issues due to the documentary, a source told Page Six on Monday that Britney is “happy and lively.”
The next court date over the battle for conservatorship is on Feb. 11.
A rep for Britney did not immediately return our request for comment.
NYT's Britney Spears Doc(1/21/21) Attention, #FreeBritney advocates: The New York Times Presents‘ latest episode, “Framing Britney Spears,” will debut Friday, Feb. 5 at 10/9c, simultaneously on FX and FX on Hulu.
In the standalone documentary installment, “people close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life,” per the official synopsis.
Britney Spears hasn’t spoken to dad Jamie in four months(12/16/20) Jamie Spears says he and his daughter, pop star Britney Spears, haven’t spoken in four months as a result of their ongoing conservatorship battle.
Jamie, 68, told CNN he believes their estrangement is by the “Toxic” singer’s attorney’s design and defended his role in controlling her finances.
“I love my daughter and I miss her very much,” he said of 39-year-old Britney. “When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally. I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family.”
Britney’s attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, claimed at a hearing last month that the “I’m a Slave 4 U” singer had become “afraid” of her father and wanted him removed from her conservatorship entirely after he had allegedly hired a new manager without consulting her.
Though a judge declined to remove Jamie from his role, she did agree to confirm Bessemer Trust’s role as co-conservator at the singer’s request.
Jamie’s attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, claimed that Jamie and Britney’s relationship was fine prior to Ingham’s involvement.
“Jamie’s relationship with Britney is not that different than your average father-daughter relationship insofar as there has always been a mutual love and respect for each other,” she explained.
“Until Britney’s court-appointed attorney Sam Ingham abruptly instructed Jamie not to contact Britney a few months ago, Jamie and Britney had spoken often and regularly throughout the entire conservatorship. In fact, they had spoken just the day before and had had a pleasant and collaborative conversation.”
Ingham declined to comment on the situation to CNN, citing ongoing litigation.
In a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, a judge will review Jamie’s handling of his daughter’s assets.
The star has been under conservatorship since her infamous mental breakdown in 2007.
Britney Spears appears to mock her social media posts(12/11/20) Britney Spears appeared to poke fun at herself for sharing posts on her Instagram that are very similar to ones she’s shared before.
“Same shoot … same angle … same person … same shirt … different EYES !!!!,” the 39-year-old captioned a close-up selfie on Thursday.
One fan commented, “We love this photo now just as much as we have loved it every time it’s been posted!”
In November, Spears posted a photo of herself that appears to have been taken on the same day as the picture she posted on Thursday.
In it, she is wearing the same checkered peasant top, necklace and her hair is styled similarly.
The timing of when Spears posts or takes her photos has been brought into question before amid speculation that her management team is really behind the account due to her conservatorship.
However, the “Toxic” singer previously denied that she recycles her pics, writing, “To the peeps who think I’m posting the same pics …… well you know us girls …… it’s the same top and same hair but if you look at the details it’s a completely different picture.”
On Friday morning, Spears took a break from her usual social media posts to promote her new song, “Matches,” which features the Backstreet Boys.
“I’m so excited to hear what you think about our song together !!!!” she wrote in the caption, adding, “The love you guys have shown this album this year has been stupid amazing. like I can’t even believe it !!! I hope it brings you joy.”
Britney Spears releases new song in honor of her 39th birthday(12/2/20) (Listen) On Britney Spears’ birthday, we’re the lucky ones.
In honor of the pop sensation’s 39th year on this planet, RCA Records has posted a previously unreleased song called “Swimming in the Stars.”
Recorded as part of Spears’ most recent project, 2016’s “Glory,” the track is available on streaming services and can be purchased as part of a limited-edition vinyl exclusively sold at Urban Outfitters, reported Variety.
“So let’s go / Swimming in the stars tonight,” the lyrics go. “Oh, and we’ll glow, and shimmer in diamond lights / We’ll dive in head first, all the way down / In gravity’s arms we’ll drown / The world is ours, when we’re swimming in the stars / When we’re swimming in the stars.”
“Glory” was re-issued in May of this year. It included another relatively new song, “Mood Ring,” which was included as a bonus track in Japan during the album’s original release. The track shot to No. 1 on iTunes, crashing the launch of Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica.”
The “Circus” singer, who was born on Dec. 2, 1981, flew to Hawaii two weeks ago to celebrate her special day early. Today she ushered in her actual birthday with boyfriend Sam Asghari, posting cute pics to Instagram with him. “Happy b-day to me,” Spears wrote.
Although she’s happy today, the star received unfortunate legal news last month. A judge declined to remove her father as the head of her conservatorship. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” her lawyer said in court. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
Britney Spears Lawyer Says She Fears Her Dad ... Won't Perform 'Til He Steps Down(11/10/20) Britney's afraid of her father, and does not want to perform again as long as he's still serving as conservator of the estate ... so claims her lawyer, Sam Ingham.
Ingham made the bold statement during a court hearing in the ongoing conservatorship case Tuesday, in which an attorney for Britney's mother, Lynne, also urged Jamie to step down.
According to Lynne's lawyer ... Britney's thankful for her dad's service all these years, but Lynne believes it's time to let go of that control. She also said Britney is effectively being forced to go on strike while she waits for Jamie to step down as conservator of the estate.
Britney Spears Dad's Giving Away My Money ... Biz Manager Got $309k Raise(11/10/20) Britney Spears believes her father dished out hundreds of thousands of dollars to her former business manager for no good reason ... and she thinks it was way too much.
According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ ... Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group began repping Britney more than a decade ago, and got paid 5 percent commission on her gross entertainment-related income.
That obviously added up to a lot of money when Britney was actively performing, but it took a hit when she announced her "indefinite work hiatus" in early 2019.
According to the docs ... Tri Star emailed Brit's dad, Jamie Spears, in November 2019 and said it wanted to remain on the 5 percent commission plan, but with a $500k annual minimum.
Britney claims her dad approved this new arrangement without attempting to negotiate a more favorable deal, and in doing so ... screwed her out of $308,974.51 it sent to Tri Star for its services in 2019.
Britney's legal team calls these "radical new arrangements" that gave Tri Star a 260% raise from the amount it would have been owed under the previous deal. She's looking to disallow the $309k payment as excessive and credit it back to her on the accounting.
We broke the story ... Tri Star also recently resigned as Brit's biz manager last month, and Jamie already hired a new one. This is creating another major rift in her ongoing conservatorship case, and played a role in Brit's decision to try to get her dad removed as co-conservator.
Britney Spears Wants Jamie Ousted as Co-Conservator ... After Biz Manager Bolts(11/4/20) Britney Spears says her business manager quit out of the blue, but she claims her bigger issue is that her dad hired a new manager without giving her any notice.
Britney's legal team filed docs requesting Bessemer Trust Company become the sole conservator of her business affairs ... as opposed to just co-conservator with her father, Jamie. In docs, obtained by TMZ, Britney says the move that set things in motion was an October 28 letter telling her that Tristar Sports and Entertainment Group resigned as Britney's business manager without any prior notice.
She says she's got beef with her dad for hiring Michael Kane of Miller Kaplan to come on as the new business manager without giving her notice or a chance to interview Kane, review the terms of his hiring, or consider alternatives.
Britney also says the move brings serious concern because Jamie's goal "is to introduce a new gatekeeper who admittedly has a major working relationship with [Jamie's] legal team."
Britney claims it's all part of Jamie's attempts to "retain full functional control of her assets, books and records."
Britney says she'll file a petition to remove Jamie as the co-conservator of the estate so that Bessemer can serve that role alone. Earlier this year she requested Jamie be removed as the sole conservator of her business affairs. At that point, she was fine with him staying on as co-conservator, but now she wants him out altogether.
Britney Spears says she’s the ‘happiest’ she’s ever been(11/3/20) Britney Spears confirmed she is doing well amid family drama over her conservatorship in a new Instagram post on Monday.
“Hi, so I know that there have been a lot of comments and a lot of people saying a lot of different things about me. But I just want to let you guys know that I am fine,” 38-year-old Spears said in the video.
She continued, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and I’m sending all of you guys a lot of prayers and wishes and a lot of love.”
The “Toxic” singer has been the subject of several conspiracy theories during her conservatorship battle against her father Jamie Spears.
And a #FreeBritney movement began after rumors swirled that the pop star was being held prisoner by Jamie.
Fans have even created a petition in hopes of helping the singer.
“Her father doesn’t allow her to drive, all of her calls & messages are monitored, she’s not allowed to vote, hang with anyone or spend her money without permission. And if she breaks a ‘rule’ he threatens to have her kids taken away,” claims one Change.org petition, with more than 100,000 signatures, lobbying for Britney’s freedom.
But Jamie has slammed the movement and defended his role as Britney’s conservator.
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” Jamie exclusively told Page Six in August. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Jamie has denied that he or anyone else is skimming money off the top of Britney’s estate.
Nevertheless, supporters of the #FreeBritney movement, which include Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Ariel Winter, and Rose McGowan, have been vocal about their believes that the singer is being controlled.
In August, a judge ruled that Britney’s conservatorship would be extended until early 2021 following her request to remove her father as her sole conservator.
Britney Spears' Dad Goes After Her Lawyer ... She Can Speak for Herself!!!(10/26/20) Britney Spears' father doesn't buy her lawyer's assertion that he's the only one who can speak for her ... and he's using the upcoming election to try to prove his point.
Jamie Spears filed new legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in Britney's ongoing conservatorship case which fire back at her attorney, Sam Ingham, for recently likening her to a comatose patient who lacks the capacity to sign declarations.
Spears says his daughter's conservatorship doesn't mean she's stripped of all of her rights -- for instance, she still has the right to vote -- and he notes she's testified at deposition and multiple times in court during the conservatorship.
According to the docs ... Britney's dad claims Ingham does not have the unlimited authority to be her "exclusive voice" -- she has the right to be heard.
We broke the story ... the reason this all came up in the first place is because Ingham told the judge earlier this month that Brit does not want to perform again. Jamie's side called that hearsay, because it was coming from Ingham and not Britney herself.
The judge asked why Britney had not filed a declaration about her career intent -- and Ingham said that's because she lacks the mental capacity to do so ... like a person in a coma.
Jamie disagrees and seemingly wants to know where Britney personally stands on the issue. Something a lot of other people want to know as well.
Britney Spears’ makeup artist: There’s a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ plot against pop star(10/24/20) Britney Spears’ makeup artist says there is a “Handmaid’s Tale”-style plot to keep her from having a baby with boyfriend Sam Ashgari.
Speaking on the podcast “Calababes” this week, celebrity cosmetician Maxi said the pop star’s strict conservatorship is preventing her from marrying Ashgari, who she’s been dating since 2016.
“I can tell you what they’re still controlling to this day is whether she has a baby or not, whether she gets married or not, who her friends are, and those are some big things,” Maxi said, according to US Magazine. “We’re talking about some ‘Handmaid’s Tale’-type things to keep her from having a baby. Like, we’re talking … I can’t detail it and I’m not gonna specifically say, but I will say for sure, she would’ve had a baby by now. She would’ve probably been married to [boyfriend] Sam [Asghari] by now. She would have groups of friends around her.”
Spears, 38, has been under a tight conservatorship run by her father, Jamie Spears, 68, for 12 years.
An online movement dedicated to exposing the constraints put on the “Oops I Did It Again” singer by using the hashtag #FreeBritney gained popularity this summer. Her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, said she is “strongly opposed to having [Jamie] return as the conservator of her person,” according to court papers revealed this August. Later that month, August, courts ruled that Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn will take a more active role in her trust.
Currently, Spears’ manager Jodie Montgomery has taken over as her temporary conservator.
Though Maxi called the situation “sad,” the makeup artist said it’s improving, noting that Spears has gained more control over her social media.
The makeup man also said dad Jamie put the “Circus” performer’s boyfriend, who works as a personal trainer, “through hell.”
“I can’t detail all the things that [Ashgari] went through, but he went through a lot of hell to even be with her,” he said. When the pair started dating, “she was under the conservatorship basically controlled by the father.”
Britney Spears Her Lawyer Likens Her to Comatose Patient(10/8/20) Britney Spears lacks the mental capacity to sign a sworn declaration in her conservatorship case ... and her own lawyer compared her inability to sign a document to a comatose patient.
There was a hearing Wednesday in Britney's conservatorship case ... it was routine at first, but then the judge started asking questions about Britney wanting a co-conservator of her estate, to work alongside Jamie Spears.
Britney's lawyer, Sam Ingham, had been conveying Britney's feelings about the conservatorship to the court, and they got into a discussion as to whether all of that was inadmissible hearsay.
The judge asked Ingham if Britney would sign a declaration so there'd be a first-hand account of her feelings. Ingham said Britney lacked the capacity to sign a declaration, and likened her to a comatose patient. He was not saying she is comatose by any means, but he used it by way of example to show she was not capable of signing a legal document. Ingham said even comatose patients can have their lawyers speak for them.
The lawyers and the judge started discussing whether hearsay regarding Britney's feelings were admissible, but the judge put the matter over to another day.
As you know, there's a social media movement to free Britney from her conservatorship, but her own lawyer telegraphed that she's not able to do some fairly basic things.
Update: 2:48 PM PT -- The way the issue of Britney's declaration came up ... her lawyer, Sam Ingham, told the judge Britney does not want to perform again ... while Ingham said Jamie is intent on Britney resuming her career.
That's when the issue of hearsay came up ... that Britney hasn't told the judge in a declaration what she wants to do with her career.
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Britney Spears Free Britney Movement's Not a Hoax ... And I Don't Trust My Dad!!!(9/3/20) Britney Spears is making it clear -- she doesn't trust her dad and wants the public to hear what he and other professionals are doing to keep her in the conservatorship, and she wants to make it clear ... the #FreeBritney movement is not only real ... she supports it.
Britney's lawyers just filed docs opposing her dad Jamie's motions to seal parts of her ongoing conservatorship case ... because she wants everyone to know what's up.
Britney is fighting her dad's move to appoint a co-conservator of her estate [handling business matters] to a lawyer who was deeply involved in her conservatorship for years. She wants someone independent to take the reins.
Britney argues there are no medical issues or sensitive issues with her children to protect, so there's no reason to keep the hearing secret.
The lawyer says, "... Britney herself is vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret."
The lawyer adds, "Far from being a conspiracy theory or a 'joke' as James [Jamie] reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James' aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public."
Britney Spears wants financial company to take control of her conservatorship(9/2/20) Britney Spears has called on the judge overseeing her conservatorship case to appoint a financial management company of her choosing to run her estate.
The pop star wants the money men and women at the Bessemer Trust Company to oversee her finances and control the power of attorney for her medical health decisions, according to new legal papers obtained by The Blast, in which she insists her conservatorship is “voluntary” and she is now using her right to nominate a person or company to run her estate and assist her father, Jamie, who has been in control since her very public breakdown 12 years ago.
“This is a voluntary conservatorship. Conservatee wishes to exercise her right to nominate a conservator of the estate,” the document begins.
“Without in any way waiving her right to seek termination of this conservatorship in the future, she strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role,” the documents read.
Under the new conservatorship terms, Spears wants Bessemer Trust Company officials to have “the power and authorization to pursue opportunities related to professional commitments and activities including but not limited to performing, recording, videos, tours, TV shows, and other similar activities as long as they are approved by the conservator of the person and the Conservatee’s medical team,” as well as “the power to revoke all powers of attorney, including powers of attorney for making health care decisions and managing real estate, and to terminate any and all agencies.”
Britney’s mother Lynne is also requesting a greater involvement in her daughter’s finances, while it was recently confirmed her younger sister, Jaime Lynn, has been appointed the trustee of the Toxic star’s personal trust.
Jamie Lynn Spears named as sister Britney’s trustee(8/25/20) Jamie Lynn Spears is set to play a more significant role in her sister Britney Spears’ conservatorship, new court records show.
The 29-year-old former Nickelodeon star has been named the trustee of Britney’s “SJB Revocable Trust,” which was initially set to protect the pop star and her children’s finances, according to The Blast, which obtained the documents.
Jamie Lynn has reportedly requested that the court authorize Fidelity Financial Management to serve as a financial advisor and create “blocked accounts” to hold her 38-year-old sister’s assets.
According to The Blast, the “Zoey 101” star will ensure these assets and cash will be used for Britney’s two children, Sean and Jayden Federline, if the singer was to pass away.
The document states, “Upon the settlor’s death, the entire principal of the Trust … shall be promptly distributed by the Trustee to the trustee or co-trustees of the BJS Kids & Family Trust, to be held, administered and distributed in accordance with its terms.”
The “SJB Revocable Trust” was reportedly created in 2004, four years prior to when her conservatorship started in 2008.
Britney’s trust pertains to her bank accounts and personal items such as clothes, jewelry, artwork and furniture, according to reports. Its not clear if it also includes the value of any intellectual property, such as music rights, owned by the pop star.
Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, and her co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, signed off on Jamie Lynn’s request to be named a trustee.
In July, Jamie Lynn slammed a fan who questioned her sister’s mental health.
She wrote on Instagram, “You have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters. She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”
Last week, a judge ruled that Britney’s conservatorship will be extended for at least another six months following the singer’s request to remove her father. Her manager Jodi Montgomery is currently her temporary conservator.
Britney Spears Offered Support By The ACLU In Conservatorship Battle(8/23/20) Pop star Britney Spears has a new ally in her ongoing battle to free herself from the conservatorship imposed by the courts after prior mental health challenges. Now the American Civil Liberties Union has stepped up.
“People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights,” the ACLU said in a tweet this week. “If Britney Spears wants to regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship, we are here to help her.”
The 38-year-old Spears has asked a court to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator over her financial affairs and health arrangements. A judge on Friday extended the current arrangement for another six months.
Spears has been under conservatorship with her father since 2008 (except for a brief period when her manager, Jodi Montgomery, took over when Jamie Spears has health issues). In 2008, she was twice put under a 5150 hold in a psychiatric hospital. Among her erratic behaviors was shaving her head and attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella.
The California Courts website defines a conservatorship as an appointment of a responsible person or organization to care for another adult who cannot care for themselves or manage their own finances.
The fan-driven #FreeBritney movement insists she is being held in the conservatorship against her will and is able to make her own choices. Court documents filed in the most recent hearing indicate Britney Spears is “strongly opposed to having [Jamie] return as the conservator of her person.”
Britney Spears will be under full conservatorship for six more months(8/21/20) Britney Spears’ conservatorship has been extended until early 2021 following the 38-year-old’s request to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator.
A judge ruled in a private court hearing that Britney’s current conservatorship will be in place until Feb. 1, 2021, according to court documents obtained by The Blast. The singer’s manager Jodi Montgomery is currently her temporary conservator.
Britney’s attorneys were reportedly told to file any petitions, such as the request to remove Jamie from the conservatorship, by Sep. 18. Any objections to those petitions will be filed by Oct. 2.
Earlier this week, the “Toxic” singer’s lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, stated in court documents that Britney was “strongly opposed to having [Jamie] return as the conservator of her person.”
Montgomery took over for Jamie in September 2019 after he experienced a series health issues.
In an exclusive interview with The Post on Aug. 1, Jamie refuted any claims that he was using the conservatorship to profit off of his daughter.
“I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year,” he said. “How the hell would I steal something?”
The 68-year-old added, “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Ingham said Britney “strongly prefers” that Montgomery continue in the role of conservator.
Meanwhile, Britney’s mom, Lynne Spears, has also requested to be involved in her daughter’s finances. She was also present at this week’s court hearing.
According to The Blast, Britney is fine with keeping some of the restrictions of the conservatorship in place, like having the courts have jurisdiction over her medical treatment and finances, but would prefer some of the other lifestyle limitations — like driving a car — to be lifted.
Britney Spears Conservatorship Unchanged After Court Hearing(8/19/20) Britney Spears wants a change in her 12-year conservatorship but she didn't get it at today's court hearing ... because TMZ has learned it was all status quo.
As we reported, Britney's lawyer filed legal docs asking to permanently replace her dad, Jamie Spears, as the conservator over her person. She also wants a bank or other financial institution to manage her business affairs, along with Jamie. Currently, Jamie is the sole conservator over her business affairs.
Here's the rub ... certain legal docs need to be filed before her issues go before a judge, and that hasn't happened. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Wednesday's court hearing was simply a scheduled status conference and nothing has changed.
Our sources say Britney's problem in this case is that there has been a declaration she's not able to make important life decisions because of her mental illness, so her wishes will almost certainly be tempered by the very fact there is a conservatorship.
Sources connected to Britney say she is not doing well and has not been on an even keel for more than a year.
There has been a social media push -- and even the ACLU joined in -- questioning the conservatorship and advocating that it end, but multiple sources connected with the conservatorship say the doctors who have been caring for Britney over the last dozen years have said the conservatorship is necessary for her safety and possibly even her survival.
Britney Spears I Want My Dad Off Conservatorship ... At Least as a Solo Act(8/18/20) Britney Spears is looking to make some big changes to her conservatorship -- and she's firmly against her father, Jamie, continuing to run the whole show.
Britney's court-appointed attorney just filed new court docs spelling out Britney's wishes -- she wants Jamie Spears out as sole conservator over her estate and appears to want the woman who since last Fall has been calling the shots to be the permanent conservator over her regular person.
In the docs, the lawyer says Britney "strongly prefers" keeping Jodi Montgomery in the position -- who has been assigned as the temporary conservator over Britney's person for nearly a year now. At this point, she says she wants to put her in that role permanently.
As for her business affairs, Britney's attorney says she doesn't want Jamie to be the only one handling her estate anymore -- which he's been managing exclusively since 2019 when his co-conservator resigned.
Instead, he says Britney prefers a "qualified corporate fiduciary" to manage the business affairs of her estate. But, what's unclear in the docs is if she's okay with keeping Jamie on as a co-conservator at all.
Sources with knowledge of the situation tell us conversations have been had about adding a corporate fiduciary -- which we're told would likely be a bank -- but that the talks have included Jamie staying on as co-conservator of the estate. The wording from Britney's side in the docs isn't clear if she's still open to that arrangement or not.
The docs also say what we told you last year ... Britney no longer wants to perform at this time -- as in, no more Vegas residency. The attorney says a major overhaul in how her conservatorship is run is needed to reflect her current lifestyle and her wishes.
Britney's attorney is seeking input on these matters from all others involved in her conservatorship. There's a hearing on the matter on Wednesday.
Britney Spears’ dad calls #FreeBritney a ‘conspiracy theory’(8/2/20) Jamie Spears is sick and tired of how #FreeBritney — an increasingly vocal online movement claiming his daughter Britney Spears is a prisoner in a gilded cage — is painting him as a villain.
An upset Jamie, 68, told The Post that the campaign, which posits him as a cruel and opportunistic father keeping the 38-year-old pop princess under his emotional and financial control in a 12-year-long legal conservatorship, “is a joke.”
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” he said. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Jamie angrily denied long-standing rumors that he or anyone else is skimming money off the top of Britney’s estate.
“I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year,” he said. “How the hell would I steal something?”
The dad said what really bothers him is the aggressiveness of the #FreeBritney supporters. “People are being stalked and targeted with death threats,” he said. “It’s horrible. We don’t want those kinds of fans.
“I love my daughter,” Jamie continued, getting emotional. “I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”
Britney’s life and struggles, however, have long played out in public.
And recently, celebrities including Ruby Rose, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Ariel Winter and Rose McGowan have lent their support to the #FreeBritney movement, Instagramming and tweeting about how the singer is allegedly unable to make her own decisions about her career, personal life and health because of the ongoing conservatorship.
“Her father doesn’t allow her to drive, all of her calls & messages are monitored, she’s not allowed to vote, hang with anyone or spend her money without permission. And if she breaks a ‘rule’ he threatens to have her kids taken away,” claims one change.org petition, with more than 100,000 signatures, lobbying for Britney’s freedom.
The #FreeBritney crusaders have blasted social media with posts, purporting to show that Jamie claimed Britney had dementia in 2008, and that Jamie and the star’s business manager, Lou Taylor of Tri Star Sports and Management, are embezzling from her.
Lately, Britney’s camp has started striking back: Taylor, who did not return calls from The Post, recently settled with #FreeBritney supporter Bryan Kuchar after suing him last year for creating Web sites that called Taylor the “mastermind controlling the pop star.”
A number of Spears insiders insist that the star is not a helpless pawn.
“Absolutely not,” Charlie Ebersol, who dated Britney for eight months in 2015, told The Post. As for the wild rumor that Jamie hires his daughter’s boyfriends and pays them $1,000 a week to date her, Ebersol said: “Not [true] in any way, shape or form.”
One insider said that while Jamie is “not perfect,” he “really stepped up for Britney.”
The conservatorship, which put much of the star’s decision-making into the hands of Jamie and lawyers, was established 12 years ago, after Britney’s very public meltdown.
At the time, it was meant to be temporary. But the fact that it’s gone on so long makes some question who is really benefiting from it. Those close to the singer, however, say that Britney is more comfortable with — and ambivalent about — the situation than people realize.
“It’s not at all a conservatorship like you read about for old people,” said the insider. “It protects her in a way people like Michael Jackson weren’t protected, from themselves and from other people. She’s been able to perform all this time because performing is where she is happiest.
“When she’s left to her own devices is where the trouble starts. She does have some serious issues.”
Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Britney rocketed to stardom at age 17 with her first single, “. . . Baby One More Time” and remained one of the most popular artists of the next few years.
Her first eyebrow-raising behavior was in 2004, when she married a childhood pal on a whim and got an annulment 55 hours later because, according to court documents, she “lacked understanding of her actions.”
But things really began to unravel in 2006, after she had wed backup dancer Kevin Federline and given birth to their eldest son, Sean. Child Services repeatedly checked in on the family, including after the baby fell out of a high chair and was seen in a vehicle on Britney’s lap rather than in a car seat.
The next year was a whirlwind of unhinged TV appearances; a marriage split (and subsequent divorce) two months after the birth of her second son, Jayden, with Federline; and worrisome paparazzi photos of Britney partying hard with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Then, in early 2007, Britney checked in and quickly out of rehab, showed up at a Los Angeles beauty shop and shaved off her hair, and attacked a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella. She went back to rehab, gave a jaw-droppingly sad performance at the VMAs, was booked on hit-and-run charges (later dropped) and lost custody of her children to Federline.
That seemed to be the straw that truly broke her. In January 2008, Britney was hauled away in an ambulance after a three-hour police standoff in which she refused to return her sons to Federline’s custody.
Weeks later, she was again taken to a hospital and placed on a psychiatric hold — leading a Los Angeles court to declare her father her legal conservator to handle virtually all her affairs.
During the past 12 years, she has been allowed to make records, tour and even have a Las Vegas concert residency — leading many to speculate: If she can work, why isn’t she allowed to make her decisions?
When asked whether Britney is mentally unstable, ex-boyfriend Ebersol was resolute: “Absolutely not,” he said. That statement was echoed by other former boyfriends including David Lucado, who dated her in 2014. (Britney is now dating Iranian-born bodybuilder Sam Asghari, 26.)
Adam Streisand agrees. The Los Angeles-based lawyer was hired by Britney in 2008 after her hospitalization, until a doctor reported that she was not competent enough to choose her own lawyer and the court appointed her a new one.
He told The Post that, even when she was near rock bottom, Britney did not appear crazy, “just agitated. She understood the concept of a conservatorship but just did not want her father to be the conservator.”
Nonetheless, Streisand does not believe that Jamie or the business managers have been skimming money from Britney. It’s believed that her fortune, said to be anywhere from $60 million to $215 million, was placed in a trust as part of the conservatorship.
“Jamie’s a weird guy, he’s a control freak,” Streisand said. “But I don’t see him as some sort of criminal mastermind in this.”
The Spears family is splintered, however. Last summer, Jamie was temporarily removed from the conservatorship after he allegedly broke down a door and grabbed Sean during an altercation, resulting in a restraining order that forbids him from seeing Britney’s two sons. In March, Jayden lashed out against Jamie on Instagram. Britney’s mom, Lynne, who divorced Jamie in 2002, has reportedly liked at least one #FreeBritney post. Last week, Britney’s brother, Bryan, said that the star wanted out of the conservatorship — but that “it has been a great thing for our family.”
The next hearing on the conservatorship is to be held Aug. 22, and it’s unclear what Britney herself wants to come of it.
Meanwhile, some are beginning to wonder if maybe Britney herself is toying with fans.
While no one disputes her mental-health struggles, Britney has had a knack for masterminding key aspects of her career ever since she came up with the concept of wearing a Catholic-schoolgirl uniform for the video of her first smash hit, “. . . Baby One More Time,” when she was only 17.
By design or not, some say the notoriously agoraphobic singer now stars in a shrewdly curated Instagram feed that keeps her in the public eye without her ever having to leave home.
Her feed is a mix of inspirational bromides, kittenish dancing and provocative, New Age-type musings from which #FreeBritney believers seek hidden meanings.
“I feel like every post is cryptic code for something…” Nicolle Ronayne commented on an Instagram photo Britney posted about the “Pink Planet… aka GJ 504b… the planet made of pink gas!”
Even the star’s appearance is viewed with suspicion. “In every Instagram picture she looks like a zombie and she’s always wearing some version of the same outfit like she’s frozen back in time in the late ’90s,” an industry insider observed. “It’s weird.”
At times, the singer almost seems to be trolling fans, coyly answering their questions in Instagram videos but rarely addressing their anguished cries asking her to let them know if she needs rescuing.
“Whatever is or is not wrong with her, the #FreeBritney movement is making her relevant at a time when a lot of pop stars [from the early 2000s] are aging out of the public eye,” veteran music producer Ed Steinberg told The Post.
“Her management, her label and Britney herself aren’t stupid. They may not have started the movement but they’re benefiting from it.”
Britney Spears says she got ‘carried away’ with full body henna art(7/28/20) Did she tell her artist, “Gimme more?”
Britney Spears shared on Instagram on Monday that she got “carried away” with white Henna, posting a picture of her body fully covered in the traditional Indian body art.
“I think I’m going for a bohemian look in the second picture …. not sure what my hands on my hips are about ??????!!!” she captioned the slideshow. “I guess I’m demanding attention ?????? !!!!”
Aside from the art, the “Toxic” singer wore only a green snake-print bikini and choker around her neck. In another photo, she donned a peasant blouse and khaki shorts.
Fans, who believe in the #FreeBritney movement, questioned whether the peculiar post was another sign from Spears, 38, to show that she was being held against her will by her conservatorship.
“Wtf have they done to you?!!” one person asked. “Its clear someone else is taking these pictures and the plain background is not lost on us … its VERY obvious they dont want to give any evidence of where you are actually being held at this point.” The comment received more than 400 likes.
Another person wrote, “She’s demanding attention because she’s in trouble.”
Despite fans questioning whether Spears is being unjustly controlled by her father, Jamie Spears, and her management team, the pop star’s family has recently spoken out in defense of their situation.
Last week, Jamie Lynn Spears blasted a fan who alluded to her sister’s mental health issues, saying, “You have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters. She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”
Britney Spears’ brother says family doesn’t see her sons as much anymore(7/23/20) Britney Spears’ brother Bryan gave fans an update on the star’s family situation, saying the family doesn’t get to see her sons Preston, 14, and Jayden, 13, “as much” anymore.
“We do [see them],” Bryan, 43, told the “As Not Seen on TV” podcast. “When we were doing the Vegas run and I was going back and forth, I was working with Caesars Entertainment at the time, and Britney and I lived together for that four-year run. So I had the boys there pretty much every other weekend. I got to see them a lot then; now I don’t get to see them as much.”
Bryan said that the boys are currently with their father, Kevin Federline, 42, and that they are “good” and “growing.” He described the relationship as being “somewhat [in touch],” adding that he mostly sees Federline at “family engagements or if the kids are doing something.”
The news comes after a week during which Spears’ fans rallied on Twitter under the hashtag “#EndTheConservatorship.” Her sister, Jamie Lynn, 29, was moved to defend Spears’ mental health on Instagram this week as well, calling Britney “a strong, badass, unstoppable woman.”
Spears has been under the conservatorship since 2008. Her father, Jamie Spears, was in charge of her personal and financial decisions until last September when he stepped down due to health concerns. Jodi Pais Montgomery is currently serving as Spears’ conservator until Aug. 22, though things are still in the family: Her mom, Lynne Spears, filed legal documents last week petitioning to be included in all future conservatorship decisions.
In March, Jayden went on a profane rant against Jamie on Instagram, saying, “He’s a pretty big d–k. He’s pretty f–king gay as s–t. He can go die.” In September 2019, Federline had accused Jamie of abusing Sean, though no criminal charges were filed.
Jayden’s tirade was “the result of a 13-year-old acting like a 13-year-old,” Los Angeles family law attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told Page Six exclusively at the time. “Kevin is handling it like a responsible parent.”
Britney Spears Conservatorship Hearing Torpedoed By Public ... Conservatorship Firmly in Place(7/23/20) A status hearing on Britney Spears' conservatorship never went down this week ... because a group of people who had nothing to do with the case refused to get off the Zoom call so the judge could conduct a confidential hearing.
The plan was routine -- every 3 months or so, the judge calls the parties into court to catch up on developments in the conservatorship. There are reports out there that Britney and/or others were trying to end it. Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... no one has EVER filed a motion nor has there ever been a court proceeding to end the permanent conservatorship in the 11 years it's been in effect.
As for the would-be status hearing this week ... we're told the judge was handling a bunch of non-confidential matters on Zoom, but then the judge "closed" the virtual courtroom by ordering everyone off who was not involved in Britney's case. We're told a group of people from the public got off the call, but then rejoined. The judge was ordering them off, but they refused to leave, so after more than 2 hours the judge pulled the plug and rescheduled the hearing.
We've learned Jody Montgomery, the woman who has been working with Britney for a long time and was appointed temporary conservator of Britney the person last year when Jamie Spears fell ill ... well, she's still the temporary conservator. Jamie is still the conservator of Britney's estate -- meaning her business affairs.
Jamie Lynn Spears defends sister Britney Spears amid conservatorship battle(7/22/20) Britney Spears has the support of her younger sister.
Jamie Lynn Spears defended the songstress, 38, on social media after an Instagram user made a remark about Britney’s mental health.
Jamie Lynn, 29, first shared a screenshot of a tweet from Halsey, reading: “No jokes right now. I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder and I’m so disturbed by what I’m seeing. Personal opinions about someone aside, a manic episode isn’t a joke. If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence.”
She also shared tweets by Nina Parker, Kevin McHale and Maren Morris about mental health in the same post.
Jamie Lynn commented: “If you deal with mental illness or care for someone dealing with mental illness, then you know how important it is to respect the situation with privacy for the person, and the family trying to protect their loved ones, no matter how it may appear to the public, and as the public we must learn to do the same. I pray this doesn’t bring shame to anyone dealing with mental illness, you are not alone, and you are loved. Sending all my love and prayers to all of you??.”
Someone then commented: “How about your sisters OBVIOUS mental illness? Why don’t you speak on that? [sic]”
Jamie Lynn quickly shut them down, replying: “you have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters. She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”
Fans have been concerned about Britney’s wellbeing as she has been under conservatorship since 2008. Her father, Jamie Spears, oversaw her personal and financial decisions until last September. He stepped down due to his own health reasons.
Her mom, Lynne Spears, filed legal documents last week requesting to be included in all decisions regarding Britney’s conservatorship moving forward.
Britney postponed her Las Vegas residency as her father continued to struggle with a colon condition, before checking into a mental health facility in April 2019.
“Britney was having a hard time dealing with her dad’s health issues. Britney hasn’t been drinking or doing drugs or anything, she just has some very difficult emotional and mental health issues. She’s gone away to try to deal with her issues before they get worse,” a source close to the Spears family told Page Six at the time.
Her care manager Jodi Pais Montgomery is currently serving as her conservator until Aug. 22.
Britney Spears Not Being Held Hostage ... Despite #FreeBritney Protests(7/17/20) The #FreeBritney movement has re-emerged in a big way, with lots of people spinning conspiracy theories that she's being held against her will ... but they got the story wrong.
Folks on social media have been alarmed by Britney Spears posting a gaggle of dance and fashion show videos. They're odd, to say the least ... she's dancing, pacing back and forth and looking not quite put together.
So then, fans started sending Britney secret messages -- "wear black if you need help," and "wear pink if you are in trouble." Well, she wore pink shorts with black polka dots in a dance video, and that's all she wrote.
She also crossed her arms in an "X" fashion and folks interpreted that as saying, "I'm not okay." Well, people went nuts online, again suggesting her conservatorship -- led by Britney's dad, Jamie -- was holding her against her will.
Here's the reality. We've reported for the last 2 years ... Britney is struggling. Her meds stopped working and doctors were having trouble finding the right combination. Sources with direct knowledge tell us she's not been easy to deal with ... she sometimes complains she wants more freedom. Short story -- she hasn't been especially stable managing her mental illness.
There's collateral damage in all of this ... Kevin Federline has had their 2 kids considerably more than Britney -- and it all relates back to her mental state.
The conservatorship has been around for 12 years -- an incredibly unusual amount of time for a conservatorship to last, but this one's different. Our sources have said for years ... Britney's mental illness requires this conservatorship -- probably for life.
Lot of people think this is all Jamie lording over his daughter, but it's not the case. There is a slew of people involved in the conservatorship -- doctors, lawyers, therapists and a judge. There is no way Jamie could go rogue without one of the others taking it to the judge.
As one source very close to Britney told TMZ ... "These people who are screaming for the conservatorship to end, well if that happened and she hurt herself or died 2 weeks after would these people utter a peep? No way."
Britney Spears’ mom files documents to be part of her finances(7/15/20) Britney Spears’ mom, Lynne Spears, has filed legal documents to ensure she is included on decisions regarding her daughter’s finances.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Lynne, 65, filed a request with the Los Angeles County Courts on Monday to be included in any “special notice” of “all matters” having to do with Britney’s multi-million dollar trust.
The “Toxic” singer, 38, established the “SJB Revocable Trust” in 2004 in order to protect her finances and make sure her sons, Sean, 14, and Jayden, 13, would be provided for. It was also established to “hold and manage her material financial assets during her lifetime, and provide distribution of those assets upon her death.”
The Blast reported that the trust included a wide swath of possessions besides property, bank and stock accounts, including “furniture and furnishings, clothing, jewelry, vehicles and accessories to vehicles, books, paintings, and other artwork, and other tangible articles of personal, domestic household, or recreational use or nature, together with any insurance on such property.”
Britney has been under conservatorship since 2008. Her father, Jamie Spears, was her conservator for over a decade but was temporarily relieved of his duties in 2019. Her care manager Jodi Pais Montgomery will act as her conservator until Aug. 22.
Britney Spears updates fans on home gym she burned down(5/27/20) Britney Spears updates fans on home gym she burned down :Video.
Britney Spears Self-Quarantines for 2 Weeks ... Gotta See My Boys!!!(5/26/20) Britney Spears went through 2 weeks of full isolation in order to see her boys, Jayden and Sean -- self-quarantining for 14 days at Kevin Federline's behest.
Sources with knowledge of the situation tell TMZ ... Britney returned to L.A. from a trip to see her family down in Louisiana at the end of April. When she got back, she wanted some QT with her sons, but Kevin insisted she quarantine for at least 2 weeks before seeing them.
Our sources say Kevin has been homeschooling Jayden and Sean since the middle of March, when schools closed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
We're told Britney had no issues obliging Kev's request and gladly quarantined after her trip down South -- and she's since seen their boys twice at her home, with each visit lasting only a couple hours.
Britney and K-Fed ... responsible co-parenting in action!
Britney Spears says she felt unattractive while growing up(5/20/20) Britney Spears was always the “ugly duckling” while growing up in Louisiana because she constantly compared herself to the “pretty people in the south”.
The I’m a Slave 4 U hitmaker took to Instagram to open up on her body image as she showcased her new bangs – the first time she’s sported a fringe since the third grade.
“I know I need bangs!!!!! Who would have thought bangs could make you look waaaaay younger ?!?!” she penned.
Britney explained: “I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember like it was yesterday …. it was such a big deal to expose my forehead …. only pretty people in the south could do that and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off.
“All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing … I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling.”
The singer said that she also, ‘met with a modeling agency but I wasn’t pretty enough,’ which lead to her saying: “Maybe I can be like the older girls and show my forehead”’
However, when the Stronger singer tried it, the 38-year-old admitted: “It looked sooooo bad but I thought I was gorgeous!!!!
“I think I knew it didn’t look good but I did it because I thought it made me cool …. and I’ve pretty much had it like that ever since !!!!” she added.
“People choose different ways to protect themselves …. when I pull my bangs in front of my head I feel like I’m protected … almost like I’m in 3rd grade again!!!” she concluded.
Britney Spears gives fans new artwork for 2016 album ‘Glory’(5/10/20) (Photo) Pop icon Britney Spears has another surprise for her fans, and this time she’s only burning the internet down — not her home gym.
On Friday, Spears, 38, changed the cover art for her 2016 album “Glory,” without warning, replacing its original photo of her backlit face with a brand new photo showing her stretched out amid chains along a desert landscape — and wearing a barely-there golden one-piece.
The post had garnered nearly half-a-million likes by early morning Saturday.
Spears later posted on Instagram that she changed the cover to celebrate the recording’s rise to the #1 slot on the iTunes album chart.
The milestone was the result of a fan social media campaign that started back when the album was released.
“You asked for a new Glory cover and since it went to number one we had to make it happen,” Spears wrote. “Couldn’t have done it without you all.”
Of course, some fans noticed the change even before Spears officially announced it.
“The album cover for Glory being updated in 2020, what is happening?” said one Twitter user.
“Oh…my God. A new (original?) cover using the scrapped David LaChapelle photo shoot for @britneyspears’ #Glory is now inexplicably on Spotify,” said another.
Britney Spears Says She Burned Down Her Gym(4/29/20) Britney Spears needs a new workout routine after setting her personal gym on fire ... a home disaster she seems to be taking totally in stride.
The pop star just announced the blaze on Wednesday ... but she says it actually happened about 6 months ago. She broke this news as she was about to start a home workout. Brit says she had 2 candles ... "one thing lead to another" and she burned down the joint.
Can't say she's too busted up about it, because seconds later she moved on to showing fans how she's getting her flex on with the equipment she has left -- a couple of dumbbells.
Now, we've spoken to people in Brit's world and they assure us her gym did NOT burn to the ground. We're told there was a candle incident, but nothing as disastrous as she describes in this video.
The good news is she's back working out -- especially after that nasty foot injury she suffered a couple months ago.
Go easy, Brit ... on the candles.
Britney Spears hospitalized after breaking her foot dancing(2/18/20) Britney Spears’ boyfriend, Sam Asghari, revealed the songstress is in the hospital after breaking a bone in her foot.
“When you break something it tends to heal stronger specially when you’re my Girl????,” Asghari, 26, captioned a series of photos on Tuesday, one of which is a selfie of the pair in the hospital.
The caption continued, “My lioness broke her metatarsal bone on her foot doing what she loves which is dancing ?? Wishing her the best recovery so she can jump, run, and dance her butt off ???? #stronger”
Metatarsal bones are a group of five bones located in your foot between your toes and the heel of your foot. It’s unclear which of the five bones she broke.
In a video he posted to Instagram, he is seen writing “Stronger,” one of her early songs, on her cast.
“I love you, baby,” Spears, 38, can be heard telling Asghari in the video.
Spears’ sister, Jamie Lynn, 28, commented on the pics, “Between her and Maddie we are running a hospital!!”
Jamie Lynn’s 11-year-old daughter suffered a buckle fracture, a common type of fracture in younger children, in her arm while playing at recess on Friday.
The Blast reported on Monday that Spears’ conservatorship has been extended several more months. In September 2019, Spears’ care manager, Jodi Montgomery, took over the role of conservator from her father and will remain in the position through April 2020.
Britney Spears Conservatorship Wins Court Battle In Free Britney Movement(12/22/19) Britney Spears and company mean business when anyone insinuates her conservatorship is secretly harming her ... because her people just nailed a hater with a big, fat injunction.
Britney's dad, Jamie, just got the order, prohibiting a guy named Anthony Elia from talking smack about the conservatorship. As we reported, Elia created the "Absolute Britney" blog suggesting Jamie and his team were manipulating Britney's Instagram account to make it look like she needs help when she did not ... in other words to make it look like she needs a conservatorship.
Elia went so far as to call the treatment of Britney "a human rights violation." What especially enraged Jamie ... that Elia says he came to the conclusion on a "gut feeling."
Jamie and his lawyer, Larry Stein, claimed this is defamation, pure and simple, and went to court to muzzle Elia.
The judge saw it Jamie's way and ordered Elia to immediately stop his claims ... especially those suggesting the conservatorship is harming Britney.
One of the reasons for the injunction ... the blog triggered a number of death threats against the folks involved in the conservatorship ... some of which cops took seriously.
Britney Spears celebrates 38th birthday with boyfriend Sam Asghari in Miami(12/4/19) Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari broke the ice for her 38th birthday.
The couple went ice skating on Monday at The Basement inside The Edition hotel in Miami, where Art Basel celebrations are currently underway.
Asghari, 25, wrote a sweet tribute to his girlfriend of three years, saying, “We live, we laugh, we argue, and most of all we LOVE. There’s a reason why the world fell in love with you! You might be the princess of pop but mostly you’re my princess.”
The fitness model and actor also shared a video of him falling on the ice rink, and referenced Spears’ 2008 song from her “Blackout” album.
“My Ass still hurts from falling and breaking the ice. you get it? #breaktheice,” he wrote.
Spears shared on her Instagram that the couple also enjoyed bowling inside the South Beach venue, as well as a trip to the beach.
“It’s my Bday Bitches,” she captioned the post, adding a few shocked face and tongue out emojis.
Vanessa Hudgens commented, “Happy birthday love!!” and longtime pal Mario Lopez added, “HBD!”
Britney Spears’ breakdown: Bodyguards took bribes, father saved her life, insiders claim(11/3/19) Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown may have been even worse than anyone knew.
In a new documentary, “Britney Spears – Breaking Point,” airing Sunday night, insiders reveal that Spears, now 37, may have had her life in danger — and the people who were paid to protect her safety may have accepted bribes from paparazzi in exchange for access to the singer.
Esther Tognozzi owns the Los Angeles salon where the “Toxic” singer infamously shaved her head in February 2007. In the special, Tognozzi revealed that one of the two bodyguards who’d accompanied Spears to the salon repeatedly opened the blinds to let the horde of photographers outside the shop snap pictures of Spears buzzing off her own hair.
According to Tognozzi, Spears arrived at the salon around closing time. “We were cleaning up and there was a bunch of flashing outside lights and we were wondering, ‘Uh oh, what happened, police, ambulance?’ We looked out and it’s a bunch of white lights flashing and somebody knocked on the door because we always keep the door locked saying: ‘Hey, open the door, Britney Spears wants to come in,'” she recalled.
“And of course, I said: ‘What for?’ And they proceeded to come in, she sat on my chair, I said, ‘What’s up, can I help you?’ She said, ‘I want to shave my hair off.'”
Tognozzi says she tried to talk Spears out of the stunt to no avail. “I said, ‘No, you don’t,’ [and] she said, ‘Oh yes, I do.'”
“She had two bodyguards, supposedly keeping an eye out to make sure the paparazzi were not getting any pictures and one of them kept opening the blinds,” Tognozzi told the The Daily Mail.
“I had blinds at the side of the salon back then. I had a sliding glass door and I kept saying, ‘There’s nobody over there, why do you keep opening up the blinds?’ Well, I found out days later why he was opening the blind because a photographer was hiding there to take pictures,” she added.
“I tried to talk her out of it and I said, ‘You don’t want to do that, tomorrow is a different day, you’ll feel differently tomorrow, let’s talk about it.’”
Tognozzi says while the Spears circus went on, she was also fielding calls from her own brother, who she’d been slated to meet with before Spears sauntered in. When Tognozzi went to take a call, she says, “By the time I came back to her she had grabbed a buzzer and she was testing to see how it was going to feel or look to buzz her hair.”
She continued, “My phone rang again so, as I’m answering my phone I realize she went into that other room, sat in that chair and buzzed half her hair off.”
Tognozzi says she tried to help Spears “fix” the situation atop her head but that Spears didn’t want to change a thing once she shaved her head. She also claims that Spears was happy with her shaved head and recalls the singer saying, “My mom is going to be p—ed.”
Meanwhile, dance studio boss Robert Baker told The Mirror that Spears’ father, Jamie, is likely the reason the singer is still alive today following her psychiatric episodes.
“I’ve known Britney since 1998. I saw her at the height of her fame and saw her struggling when things got tough,” Baker recalled.
“She was spiraling out of control. She was going through the worst time of her life and needed help. Her dad stepped in and gave her the help she needed. If he hadn’t, things could have been very different. I don’t think she would still be with us today.”
In recent months, there has been increasing personal turmoil between Britney and Jamie, as well as her ex-husband (father of her sons Sean and Jayden) Kevin Federline.
Federline obtained a restraining order against Jamie on behalf of himself, Sean and Jayden, after Jamie allegedly put his hands on Sean.
A law enforcement source claimed that Sean allegedly “felt unsafe” and locked himself in a room after an argument with Jamie, but that Jamie managed to break in and allegedly “shook” the boy.
Britney reportedly removed her sons from her father’s home and informed Kevin of the incident. Jamie reportedly won’t be charged in the incident.
Federline recently agreed to 70 percent custody of the children compared to Spears’ 30; they previously shared 50-50 custody.
Britney filed for divorce from the former dancer in November 2006. The split was settled in March 2007. For a while, Kevin maintained custody of the children until Britney stabilized after her widely publicized breakdown.
Jamie served as the pop star’s conservator since 2008, but stepped down after the alleged altercation with Britney’s son, requesting that the singer’s care manager, Jodi Montgomery, step in for him temporarily.
Montgomery will reportedly fill the role until Jan. 31, 2020, at which point it’s speculated that Jamie will try to renew the role.
This past April, she checked into a mental health facility, reportedly due to the stress of her father’s illness. Britney slammed reports that she was committed against her will before she left treatment at the end of that month.
In May, a judge in Britney’s conservatorship case ordered a 730 expert evaluation, a process usually used to determine the mental health and competence of a parent in a divorce case. It was not clear for whom the evaluation was planned.
In May, Britney’s longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, claimed that the pop star’s medications had stopped working around the time that her father fell ill.
Britney Spears Conservatorship Remains with Jamie(9/22/19) Jamie Spears withstood a fierce challenge by ex-wife Lynne Spears in the conservatorship battle over Britney ... TMZ has learned.
Sources with knowledge of Wednesday's court hearing tell TMZ, Lynne wanted Jamie out as conservator, but the judge rejected her claims. Lynne felt Jamie had done a poor job ... something she's been saying since the Free Britney movement last spring.
The judge decided Jamie should continue on as conservator of Britney's estate, meaning all of her business affairs. As we reported, Jamie has temporarily bowed out of handling the other part of the conservatorship -- taking care of Britney, her medical needs and so on. The case manager Jamie hired -- Jodi Montgomery -- has been appointed conservator until January, and that's when Jamie will retake the reins. He is still taking care of all of her business affairs.
Jamie has said he's temporarily stepping down because of medical issues, but we know another reason is that there's currently a restraining order that prohibits him from having any contact with Britney's kids -- this after he allegedly put his hands on 14-year-old Sean.
There are a few complications. We're told Britney hasn't spoken to Jamie since last month when the incident went down between him and Sean. Several sources say they actually weren't speaking even before that.
And, there's this. Several sources say Britney is not doing well. As one source put it, "She goes through cycles, and hopefully we're at the bottom now." We posted this video Friday of Britney at an awards ceremony for boyfriend Sam, and she was so uncomfortable she beelined it for the car before even walking into the event.
One more thing about Jamie ... people who have been around him and Britney are almost unanimous -- were it not for Jamie stepping in 12 years ago, Britney probably would not have survived.
Britney Spears Expected In Court For Conservatorship Battle(9/18/19) Britney Spears is expected to show up in court Wednesday for a conservatorship battle that multiple sources have described as "a fireworks show."
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Britney's mom, Lynne, will ask the judge to terminate Jamie as Britney's conservator. Currently, Britney's care manager, Jodi Montgomery, is the temporary conservator per Jamie's wishes, and he's expected to retake the reins on January 20. But, we're told Lynne thinks Jamie is no longer fit to continue in that role.
A critical piece of evidence is expected to be unveiled during the hearing -- the report by a court-appointed evaluator who spent months gathering evidence on the care Britney has received. The evaluator looked at Britney's primary doctor, Dr. Timothy Benson, who died unexpectedly on August 24, suddenly at age 48. We're told the evaluator put Dr. Benson and Jamie under a microscope, but so far it appears only the judge knows what's in the report.
The good news for Jamie ... the D.A. just rejected a child abuse case against him for the August 24 altercation he had with Britney's eldest son, 14-year-old Sean.
The bad news for Jamie ... he's still under a restraining order that prohibits him from having any contact with either of Britney's 2 children.
And, there's more bad news for Jamie ... we're told Britney's furious at him over his confrontation with Sean where he allegedly laid hands on him. Our sources say Britney hasn't spoken to Jamie since the incident. And, we're told there's a "strong likelihood" Britney will show up in court and support Lynne, with whom she's gotten close with over the last 6 months.
But, there's this ... we're told Lynne will not ask to become Britney's conservator. We know Lynne did not object to Jodi Montgomery as the temporary conservator, but we don't know how she would feel about making it permanent.
Someone involved in the case tells TMZ, there will be "major surprises" in court.
Britney Spears' Father Cleared of Alleged Abuse of Grandson(9/18/19) Britney Spears' father will not face criminal charges after Kevin Federline accused him of abusing Britney's 13-year-old son.
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says they found insufficient evidence to charge Jamie Spears after investigating Kevin's claim Jamie had roughed up Sean.
You'll recall ... Kevin alleged to cops Jamie broke down a door on August 24 to get to his grandson and grabbed him by his arms. The Sheriff's Dept. investigated and turned over its findings to the D.A.'s Office.
A lot's changed in Britney's world since Kevin made the allegation. While he was under investigation, Jamie said he needed to step aside from some of his duties as Britney's conservator. He filed docs to put Brit's care manager, Jodi Montgomery, the temporary conservator until at least January 2020.
Jamie said he needed to make the change due to his personal health issues -- but clearly the fact Kevin got a restraining order forcing Jamie to stay away from Britney's children ... would also hamper his duties to care for her.
Jamie remains the conservator over Britney's finances, but Jodi is in charge of medical and personal decisions regarding Britney's care.
Jamie Spears Still Britney's Estate Conservator(9/11/19) It's been widely, widely reported Jamie Spears is temporarily out as Britney's conservator, but we've learned that's not entirely true.
Sources with direct knowledge tell us Jamie is still ensconced as the conservator of Britney's estate, meaning he has total control over her investments, business deals, check-writing, etc, etc ... all things money.
What Jamie temporarily relinquished -- the conservatorship over Britney's "person." Yep, there are actually 2 conservatorships -- one for the estate and one for the person. The latter is taking care of Britney, making sure she gets proper medical care and on and on.
Jamie said he was relinquishing temporary control because of a medical condition. We've learned he's having ankle surgery that will bench him for 10 weeks. It's undeniable, however, that there was a big problem ... Jamie is prohibited from having any contact with Britney's kids after he allegedly put his hands on 13-year-old Sean.
The judge in the conservatorship case will get a critical report next week from a court-appointed evaluator who will determine if Jamie and the team have done a good job.
Britney Spears' New Temporary Conservator Confirmed in Court(9/10/19) Britney Spears now has a new temporary conservator ... and, as expected, it's Jodi Montgomery.
The appointment was made official Monday in an L.A. courtroom where a judge appointed Jodi after Britney's father, Jamie Spears, formally requested to relinquish his powers of conservatorship due to personal health reasons. As we first reported ... Jamie filed the docs last week to step down at least through January 20, 2020 -- and handpicked Jodi, Brit's care manager, to be his replacement, temporarily.
We know no one involved opposed Jodi's appointment, but the bigger issue will come within the next week ... once a court appointed evaluator files a report about Britney's care and medications she was given. TMZ broke the story ... Dr. Timothy Benson -- who was responsible for her treatment -- died from an aneurysm.
The evaluation could be critical of Jamie's stewardship and, if so, could open the door for Kevin Federline and/or Lynne Spears to launch a challenge to Jamie returning to the conservatorship.
As you know, Jamie is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly getting physical with Britney's 13-year-old son, Sean.
Jamie's asking the judge to give Montgomery the same powers he has, including:
1. The power to restrict or limit visitors by any means.
2. The power to retain caretakers and security for Britney on a 24-hour basis.
3. The power to prosecute civil harassment restraining orders.
4. The power to communicate with expert medical personnel regarding Britney and to have full access to her medical and psychiatric records.
Monday in court, the judge appointed Jodi conservator until January 31, 2020, at which point Jamie could presumably return ... barring a challenge.
Britney Spears’ dad Jamie steps down as conservator amid abuse allegations(9/7/19) Britney Spears’ father is stepping down as her conservator after he was accused of abusing her oldest son with ex-husband Kevin Federline, RadarOnline.com can confirm.
In court papers obtained from Los Angeles Superior Court, Jamie is requesting Jodi Montgomery be made the temporary conservator of his daughter until Jan. 20, 2020.
He is seeking to temporarily relinquish the powers of conservatorship due to “personal health reasons.”
Montgomery is an “experienced professional fiduciary with the ability, experience and support resources, to take on these obligations during this time.” He claimed in the Friday filing that she has been the care manager for Spears for a year.
The temporary conservator “shall have the power to restrict and limit visitors by any means, provided that the temporary conservator shall not prevent the conservatee from meeting with her court-appointed attorney, Mr. Ingham.”
The conservator shall also have the power to retain caretakers for the conservatee on a 24 hour/7 day basis, prosecute civil harassment restraining orders that the conservator deems appropriate, communicate with treating and other expert medical personnel regarding the conservatee, and to have access to any and all records regarding the singer’s medical treatment, diagnosis and testing, as well as psychiatric treatment, diagnosis and testing.
Montgomery has consented to act as temporary conservator of Spears.
Jamie is asking for a hearing to be held on Monday morning.
The filing comes after Spears’ ex-husband filed a police report against Jamie, claiming he abused their oldest son Sean Preston during an Aug. 24 incident.
The District Attorney is reviewing the case, but no charges have been filed yet.
Federline was granted a temporary restraining order. Jamie is forbidden from seeing Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden, 12, for three years.
Spears, 37, reportedly took the boys from her father following the altercation and brought them to Federline’s home.
As Radar reported, Federline, 41, was granted 70% of time with their sons, while she has the remaining 30% on Aug. 28.
According to reports, their previous agreement was 50/50 custody.
“She is very angry at her father,” a source told Radar. “Because Jamie is her conservator, she lost time with her boys after the (alleged abuse) incident and she blames him.”
Britney’s dad Jamie, who has been dealing with medical issues, has been in charge of her conservatorship ever since she suffered a mental breakdown in 2007.
She checked into a mental wellness centre in April 2019 amid her father’s health crisis.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline Make Child Custody Change(9/3/19) Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are making changes to their child custody arrangement official in court docs.
TMZ has learned that they have formally agreed Kevin will gets custody of their 2 boys 70% of the time. We're told this has actually been the arrangement since August of last year but wanted to see how it worked before formalizing it -- and they made it official last week in docs filed on Aug. 28.
This is a shift from the previous agreement where they each had 50-50 custody. It's been that way ever since Britney stabilized following her mental health struggles that began in 2007.
Sources with knowledge tell us under the new arrangement Britney's 30% custodial rights with 12-year-old Jayden and 13-year-old Sean are not supervised.
TMZ has been reporting ... Britney has struggled over the past year with her mental health, in no small part because the medicines she was taking for her mental health condition stopped working. She entered a facility earlier this year to stabilize herself ... however, our sources say doctors were having trouble finding the right mix of medications.
Britney's been out and about in public, but privately ... we're told she still struggles to get back on an even keel. Her career remains on ice while she tries to get better.
Britney Spears made 80 trips to Target last year(8/13/19) If you’re looking for Britney Spears, you can probably find her at her local Target.
According to financial documents filed in her conservatorship case that were obtained by The Blast, the pop star, 37, may be worth multiple millions — but she still loves a bargain.
In the paperwork, the “Toxic” singer’s total assets at the end of 2018 were valued at $59,079,755.76, thanks in large part to an impressive portfolio that includes investment accounts, mutual funds and trusts. Despite her annual expenditures, Spears came out $2.5 million ahead of where she was at the end of 2017.
And while she spent most of 2018 on her “Piece of Me” tour, which ran from July to October, she did find time to make over 80 different trips to her beloved big box store.
She also made a number of trips to Ralphs and Home Depot, spending just over $66,000 on household supplies.
By far the Grammy winner’s biggest expenditure, however, are the fees she’s required to pay to her conservators and case management advisors, which total over $1 million — including $128,000 which goes to her father, Jamie Spears.
Britney Spears sparks engagement rumors(7/24/19) Is Britney Spears engaged?
The 37-year-old pop star sparked rumors she and boyfriend Sam Asghari are headed down the aisle after she appeared at the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere Monday night wearing a diamond ring on her left hand.
Spears paired the sparkler with a red Nookie midi dress that retails for $219, a matching diamond necklace and stud earrings.
Spears and Asghari, 25, shared photos of the pair at the event on Instagram, but did not address the massive rock on Spears’ hand.
Reps for the couple could not immediately be reached for comment.
Spears and Asghari have been dating since late 2016 after meeting on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video, and appear to be going strong despite her recent mental health struggles.
Prior to dating Asghari, Spears said on a segment of “Carpool Karaoke” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” that it was unlikely that she would ever remarry.
“I may French kiss someone one,” she said. “But I’m not going to marry anyone, no. I don’t believe in marriage anymore.”
In 2004, Spears briefly wed childhood friend Jason Alexander, but the marriage was annulled after 55 hours. She was then married to Kevin Federline from 2004 to 2007, with whom she shares two sons, Sean, 13, and Jayden, 12.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship sues blogger for defamation(6/27/19) The conservatorship that oversees Britney Spears’ personal life and career sued the creator of a blog devoted to the pop superstar Wednesday in an increasingly aggressive effort to push back against the so-called “Free Britney” movement, which alleges the singer is being controlled against her will.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges that Anthony Elia, who runs the website Absolute Britney, has falsely claimed the court-ordered conservatorship has manipulated Spears’ Instagram account to make her appear more troubled and in need of help than she actually is.
“It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob #FreeBritney movement to stop,” the lawsuit states in its opening line.
Elia’s blog and its social media accounts have played a key role in the “Free Britney” phenomenon, a group of fans who say on social media and in public protests that the singer is being controlled against her will by her father Jaime, who serves as her conservator, and that she is surreptitiously seeking help to free herself.
The suit alleges that Elia “has made it his mission to spread false and malicious lies on the internet about Britney, her conservatorship and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her and not acting in her best interests.”
A message sent through the blog and an email seeking comment from Elia were not immediately returned.
The suit comes two weeks after the conservatorship for similar reasons sought and received a five-year restraining order against Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi. It prohibits him from trying to undermine the conservatorship by contacting members of the Spears family or writing disparaging posts on social media.
A conservatorship, known in some states as a guardianship, is normally reserved for those who are severely debilitated. One was established for Spears 11 years ago during her very public meltdown and has been kept in place ever since. The arrangement has increasingly come under attack from fans, who have grown especially loud about it in recent months.
Spears has offered little public comment on the conservatorship. At her request, she addressed the judge who oversees it in court last month. The hearing was closed and it’s not clear what Spears said, but the judge ordered a court review of her situation before another hearing in September.
The suit focuses on a June 14 Absolute Britney Instagram post that alleges the conservatorship was seeking to manipulate Britney Spears’ Instagram account.
“Britney’s team is deleting positive comments on her Instagram post and leaving negative ones to keep up the illusion that she needs help!” the post says. “This has to be a human rights violation!!!!”
The post, which the suit calls “false and defamatory,” was discussed by bigger blogs and some media outlets. Elia shared some of those reports.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court injunction permanently prohibiting Elia from spreading information on the subject.
Spears’ has put her career on hold for most of the year.
In January she postponed a planned Las Vegas residency indefinitely to be with her father, who was hospitalized after a serious surgery.
And in April she announced in an Instagram post that she was taking time off to focus on self-care.
Britney Spears Gets Permanent Restraining Order Against Sam Lutfi(6/14/19) Britney Spears' former manager, Sam Lutfi, poses a serious enough threat to her and her family that a judge is now extending a court order for him to keep away from her.
A judge granted the permanent restraining order against Lutfi Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. While Lutfi was there, Britney was not -- her father and lawyers were speaking on her behalf.
In the end, the judge sided with Britney's camp and decided they needed the protection. Lutfi has to stay at least 200 yards away from Britney, her family, refrain from reaching out to them and refrain from making disparaging comments about Brit.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney went to court seeking a temporary restraining order last month, claiming that Lutfi was attempting to harass her by getting in touch with her mom and stirring up the "Free Britney" movement, which wants her out of her conservatorship.
It's unclear if Britney fully wants out herself, but she has expressed a desire for more freedoms that she currently doesn't have ... like owning a smartphone, for example.
Either way, Britney claimed in court docs that Lutfi offered $1,000 cash to her mom, Lynne, to "disrupt and take over" the conservatorship process, which Brit's dad, Jamie Spears, oversees. She also alleged Lutfi threatened to release old items of hers from when he managed her in the 2000s.
A judge felt enough of a threat existed at the time to give Brit protection for the time being. Now, the permanent restraining order will be in effect for the next 5 years.
Britney Spears' family seeks renewed order barring ex-friend(5/29/19) A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family.
Sam Lutfi, 44, a onetime Spears confidante who has said he once acted as the pop star’s manager, was ordered on May 8 to stay at least 200 yards (183 metres) from Spears, her parents and her two sons, and to refrain from contacting or disparaging them. The order could be extended on Tuesday afternoon. Spears, 37, is unlikely to appear.
Lutfi was a major presence in Spears’ life at the height of her fame, leading up to her public meltdown in 2008.
The petition Spears’ attorneys filed for the order alleged Lutfi had been sending harassing and threatening texts to Spears’ family and disparaging them on social media.
Lutfi’s attorney Marc Gans said the restraining order if overly broad and violates his client’s civil rights. Gans said he and Lutfi looked forward to fighting the order at the hearing.
It’s the second time the family has received a restraining order against Lutfi, who has been in legal battles with them for a decade. He sued them in 2009, alleging Britney Spears had breached a contract with him, her father punched him and her mother defamed him in a memoir. The suit was settled in 2016.
The petition for the latest restraining order alleged that Lutfi’s “unjustified interference in her life” threatens Spears’ “safety and well-being” and have caused her “severe mental trauma” at a time when stress and the poor health of her father have prompted her to put her career on hold indefinitely.
It also alleges that Lutfi has sought to undermine the conservatorship that for 11 years has kept her affairs almost entirely under the control of her father.
The status means a judge is unlikely to require Spears to appear at Tuesday’s hearing.
Conservatorships, known in many states as guardianships, are normally reserved for people with conditions far more severe than Spears, including those with dementia or in a coma.
But judges have allowed the arrangement to remain in place far longer than was expected when it was first imposed at a moment of crisis for Spears.
There have been signs the arrangement may change.
Spears made a rare appearance earlier this month at a status hearing on the conservatorship in a Los Angeles courtroom, along with father Jamie and mother Lynne. The courtroom was cleared and only those involved know what the three said, but a judge subsequently ordered an examination of the circumstances by a court official.
Jamie Spears, who has reportedly been in poor health though no specifics have been made public, earlier this week notified the court that he is seeking to extend the conservatorship from California to Louisiana, Hawaii and Florida.
Britney Spears' Dad Extends Conservatorship to Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana(5/23/19) Britney Spears' dad is taking no chances ... he's just filed legal docs stating his intention to make his conservatorship over his daughter valid in 3 key states.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jamie Spears is giving notice to the California judge who has been handling Britney's 11-year-plus conservatorship that he intends to file the docs declaring him conservator in Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii.
We're told Britney has no plans to visit the 3 states in the immediate future, but our sources say Jamie knows what's up and believes there are people out there in social media pulling the strings in the "Free Britney" movement who might attempt to wrestle her away if she leaves California.
Our sources say in the next 2 hours Jamie will file his conservatorship docs in the 3 states. We're told these are the 3 states that Britney likes to visit.
Britney Spears Says She Will Be Performing Again(5/18/19) Britney Spears says you can't keep her down, because she'll be on a stage ... and maybe soon.
Britney Spears was out in Thousand Oaks Friday with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari at a Disney store and a Gap outlet, when the photog asked her if she'll be performing soon. Britney said, "Of course.
It's interesting, because Thursday she posted video of her dancing in fierce fashion. It looks like it might be old video, because there's a vid from a while back where she's wearing the same stuff, but our sources say it was indeed shot yesterday.
The implication ... she's physically fit to do her thing. TMZ broke the story, her longtime manager Larry Rudolph said he hadn't heard from her in months, and it was her decision on when and whether to perform again. If the call is made, Rudolph said he'd give his advice, but it's Britney's decision.
She also sent a message to her fans.
Britney Spears May Never Perform Again, Manager Larry Rudolph Says(5/15/19) Britney Spears is not going back to Vegas for another residency ... not in the near future, and maybe never, TMZ has learned.
Our sources tell us Britney is not in mental or physical shape to resume rehearsals for the series of shows, which were supposed to kick off back in February.
Britney's longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, tells TMZ, "As the person who guides her career -- based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis -- from what I have gathered it's clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again."
Rudolph is not involved in Britney's conservatorship -- never has been -- and he is only given medical information that directly impacts Britney's career. He says Britney was 2/3 of the way through rehearsals for the reboot when her dad got ill late last year.
As Rudolph put it, "It was the perfect storm. We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad's illness." The residency, which was supposed to kick off February 13, was put on ice.
Rudolph tells us it's always been up to Britney when she wanted to work and when she didn't. He said, "Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn't called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn't want to perform now."
As for the future, Rudolph says, "I don't want her to work again 'till she's ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again. I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I'm here to tell her if it's a good idea or a bad idea."
Britney Spears Now Part of 'Free Britney' Movement(5/13/19) Britney Spears has joined the social media movement to free her from her conservatorship, and she told the judge as much Friday when she was in court.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Britney has done an about-face, now telling the judge her father, Jamie Spears, committed her to a mental health facility a month ago against her will and also forced her to take drugs. We're also told Lynne Spears' lawyer echoed the allegation.
TMZ broke the story, Britney spent 30 days at an L.A. mental health facility after she began rapidly going downhill ... she stopped taking the drugs that kept her stable after they stopped working and doctors still have been unable to find the right combination.
As we reported, Jamie Spears does not have the power under the conservatorship to either commit Britney against her will or to ply her with drugs against her will. A mental health facility that accepted an adult patient against that patient's will when the conservator did not have such power would be committing a crime. And remember, Britney frequently left the place and was seen out and about.
Britney wants more freedom and asked the judge for certain adjustments ... but didn't get them. Sources tell us Britney would like to end the conservatorship, which has been operating for 11-plus years.
The judge took no action and has ordered an expert to evaluate Britney and until that happens there will be no change in the conservatorship ... but it has clearly created a family war.
Britney Spears Judge Orders Expert Evaluation(5/11/19) Britney and her parents agreed on one thing during the hearing. According to court docs, the judge ordered an expert evaluation.
The documents don't specify what the expert will be evaluating, but in conservatorship cases, it often involves a mental examination of the conservatee ... in this case, Britney. However, the judge says the parameters of that evaluation will be set by Jamie Spears and a court-appointed lawyer.
Additionally, we're told Britney asked the judge to allow her certain freedoms -- things she's not able to do under the conservatorship -- but the judge did not grant any of her requests.
The court's decision highlights what we've been reporting ... Britney's not doing well after her 30-day stay in a mental health facility.
Britney Spears Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lutfi(5/9/19) A judge just granted the restraining order ... Lutfi must stay 200 yards away from the singer and her family and must not make any disparaging statements about Spears.
In court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Lutfi claims he hasn't made any direct contact with Britney since 2009. However, he says he recently contacted Lynne through phone calls and "non-confrontational" texts. Lutfi also says he offered Lynne financial assistance if she decided she wanted to challenge the conservatorship in court, but insists he wasn't trying to bribe her.
In the docs, Lutfi says Britney disparaged him by making negative comments about him in a recent Instagram video.
Britney Spears Files for Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lutfi(5/7/19) Britney Spears' mental health is at risk and it's all because her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi -- with whom she has a dark past -- is harassing her, her parents, and stirring up her fans ... this according to new legal docs.
Britney's requesting protection from Lutfi -- she filed for a restraining order against him Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Lutfi's been firing off texts to Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, and posting "disparaging and threatening comments" on social media -- which include calling for the public to "raise hell" to free Britney.
Translation: He's the one instigating followers of the #freebritney movement.
In docs, Brit's lawyers say Lutfi sent Lynne a text last week, calling her out for not getting involved in Britney's conservatorship and decisions about the singer's mental health treatment. In a completely bizarre move, they claim Lutfi offered Lynne $1,000 to "disrupt and take over" the conservatorship. Lynne refused the money.
Lutfi has also threatened to release "trunks" of old personal items of Brit's from when he was her manager in the early 2000s ... according to the docs. The Spears family has long blamed Lutfi for taking Brit down the bad path that ended with her 2008 mental breakdown.
Brit's lawyers say Lutfi's recent activity has a negative effect on her. As they put it, his "vigilante action, bribes and release of private information" is a clear attempt to derail the actions of the conservatorship.
They say the restraining order is needed to "prevent future harm and further psychological trauma."
If granted, Lutfi would have to stay 200 yards away from Britney, Lynne and Jamie Spears ... as well Brit's kids, her boyfriend and her sister. Also, he would be banned from all contact -- by phone, text or email -- with them.
Britney Spears in Dire Shape According to Mother Lynne(5/7/19) Britney Spears is in dire straits and a judge needs to protect her ... this according to Lynne Spears, who's acting quickly to make sure her own lawyer can argue her cause.
Lynne has filed new court docs, asking a judge to let her attorney appear at a court hearing Friday in Britney's conservatorship case. At the hearing, Lynne will ask the judge to order Britney's dad to include her in her daughter's treatment plan.
Jamie Spears is Britney's conservator and we know there is an extreme conflict between the 2 parents. Lynne is not asking to become a co-conservator with Jamie ... but she clearly has beef with him over the way Britney is being managed.
Lynne's lawyer says it is in Britney's best interest for her to have a voice in the situation.
As we reported, Britney is not doing well after her 30-day stay at a mental health facility. As we told you, her meds stopped working and doctors have been unable to find the right combination of drugs. As one source said, "Britney is making bad decisions and it's a problem."
Jamie has been trying to provide structure and discipline, and we're told the conflict is that he believes Lynne is way too permissive and just wants Britney to like her.
Britney Spears May Be Using Mother Lynne to Gain Freedom During Dark Period(5/7/19) Britney Spears is in bad shape -- her meds aren't working right and she's not nearly fully recovered from her relapse that landed her in a mental health facility -- and now to make matters worse, we're told she's "playing" her mom to give her more freedom to make decisions.
As we reported, Britney's mom, Lynne Spears, is going to court Friday ... asking the judge who presides over her conservatorship to force Brit's conservator, Jamie Spears, to download her on the medical decisions he's making.
Lynne has never been part of the conservatorship. She used to be extremely close to Britney, but when Britney and Justin Timberlake broke up back in 2002, the singer cut her mom out of her life. Their relationship has been spotty ever since ... we're told Lynne hadn't seen Britney for around a year.
We're told Lynne is upset over reports that Jamie had Britney committed to the mental facility and forced drugs on her -- both not true. Jamie's conservatorship doesn't give him that power. But, Lynne has heard the "Free Britney" chant and has now made her move.
Our sources say Jamie is alarmed Britney is using Lynne to get more freedom, during a period where her judgment is extremely bad. She's not allowed to drive with her phone -- security stopped her after she was caught texting and driving a week ago. Security takes her phone when she takes the wheel. By the way ... Britney doesn't have a smartphone -- only a flip phone -- because of what she might do if she has access to the internet.
Britney wants more freedom, and we're told she is using Lynne to get her way. There has been a long-standing conflict between Lynne and Jamie. We're told Lynne is deferential to Britney, while Jamie is walking a tightrope ... trying to give Britney freedom, but understanding too much freedom can trigger the type of episode that almost killed Britney in 2008.
Our sources say Jamie has confided in friends if Britney goes off the rails she could lose custody of her kids ... and quickly.
The showdown is set for Friday in court when Lynne will ask a judge for access to medical info. She's staying with Britney and we're told it's possible Britney will show up for the hearing.
Britney Spears Reunites with Her Kids But Many Unresolved Mental Health Issues(4/27/19) Britney Spears will have a big reunion today ... with her kids.
Britney and Kevin Federline have joint custody of 13-year-old Sean and 12-year-old Jayden. The arrangement has been that she gets them 3 days, he gets them 3 days, she gets them 3 days, he gets them 3 days, and so on.
Britney has had less than the agreed-upon 50/50 custody for several months leading up to her stay at the mental health facility. While she was doing poorly, the kids would visit, but Kevin had the kids most of the time.
So, Britney begins her 3 days with the kids today, but there's still significant concern about her mental state. Our sources say the 30-day stay at a mental health facility -- which ended Wednesday -- put her in a better place, but there are still issues with her judgment, and it goes beyond medication.
As we reported, doctors continue to struggle, trying to find the right combination of meds to stabilize Britney. The meds she had been taking lost their efficacy, and creating a new cocktail is fraught with problems. Britney had stopped taking the new meds earlier this year when they were doing more harm than good.
We're told progress is being made, but there's another big unresolved factor. The meds will stabilize her, but there are more fundamental mental health issues that go to judgment and perspective, and that requires intensive therapy ... something she has been and will continue to receive.
Short story ... she's doing better, but she's not right, at least not yet. It's something her dad, Jamie, has been dealing with for nearly a dozen years as her conservator, trying to give her the space she needs to live her life, and at the same time steer her away from disaster.
Britney Spears Leaves Mental Health Facility, Driven Home by Boyfriend(4/26/19) Spears is back home after a 30-day stay in a mental health facility, but as we've told you ... she still has a ways to go for a full recovery.
Brit was spotted leaving the facility Thursday after being picked up by her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. We're told another vehicle carrying what appeared to be Britney's luggage and belongings followed closely behind, and they caravanned to her home in Thousand Oaks.
We broke the story ... Spears checked herself out of the facility, but she's still dealing with a big unresolved issue with her meds. Doctors are still working on the right formula for her, but call it "a work in progress." Translation ... she's still not right because the meds are off, but they're making progress.The good news, according to our sources, is Britney's doing much better than when she checked in last month to get her head right ... despite the photos of her over the weekend that shows something's still off. We're told it's now all about getting the meds right.
As we reported, Britney started having major issues when she became distraught over her father's health issues.
The complications with her meds made things worse, but she made progress over the course of the 30 days and is doing okay now.
Britney Spears to Be Released But Her Meds Are Still a Problem(4/26/19) Britney Spears will be checking herself out of the mental health facility where she's been for 30 days -- as early as today -- but we've learned she's still dealing with a big, unresolved issue ... her meds.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Britney's mental state is much better than it was when she checked in. As we reported, the singer was distraught over an illness her dad was battling ... made exponentially worse by the fact the meds she'd been taking for her mental illness stopped working.
Doctors were trying to find a new combo of meds, but they couldn't get the mixture right and it was doing Britney more harm than good ... to the point she stopped taking them.
Our sources say doctors still haven't figured out the right formula and call it, "a work in progress."
The sources are quick to say, Britney did NOT check into the facility to get her meds right ... it was to get her head straight. We're told she's doing "a lot better" in that department, but the doctors continue to work on the cocktail of meds.
A lot of people commented on the pic of Britney with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, on Easter Sunday, where she looked a little off. Our sources acknowledge, she's still having difficulty, but nonetheless is in a better head space.
We're told she could leave the mental health facility as early as today but definitely by week's end ... and she's almost certainly going home. Doctors will continue to work with her on getting the medicines right.
Short story ... mental illness is difficult, but she's doing okay.
Britney Spears ‘allowed outings,’ steps out of treatment for fro-yo(4/24/19) Britney Spears left the treatment center where she is seeking help for her mental health again, because she is “allowed outings,” a source told Page Six.
On Tuesday, the 37-year-old pop star was seen wearing a white dress and matching sunglasses as she stopped by Go Greek Yogurt in Santa Monica, California, around 4 p.m.
This is the second time she has been spotted out in public since sources confirmed she checked herself into a mental health facility.
On Easter Sunday, Spears was photographed with boyfriend Sam Asghari outside the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. A source previously told us she was allowed to join Asghari for a “day trip,” and it appears she does not have to be confined to the wellness center until her treatment is over. The source said Spears has not been permanently released.
After getting frozen yogurt on Tuesday, the “Toxic” singer insisted she is doing fine on Instagram.
“I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!!” Spears wrote in the caption. “There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things, crazy things being said.”
In the post, Spears also accused her ex Sam Lufti of writing fake emails under her name.
“He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address,” she alleged. “My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment.”
On Wednesday, Lufti responded to Spears’ claims in a tweet, saying in part, “I can equivocally state that I never wrote nor I had access to her email. Her team’s desperate attempt to deflect negative attention onto me (yet again) is a rather ineffective way to overshadow the FreeBritney movement.”
The #FreeBritney movement is a social media campaign started by Britney’s fans, who believe she is being held at the mental health facility against her will.
Meanwhile, Asghari, who has been dating Spears for over two years, has assured concerned fans the pop star is “doing amazing.”
Spears also shared a workout video showing she is also focusing on her physical health, saying, “Who knew stress would be a great 5 pound weight loss. Yay for me.”
Britney Spears' Medications Triggered Her Mental Health Crisis(4/23/19) Britney Spears is at the tail end of her 30-day stay at a mental health facility ... and we've learned more about how she landed there in the first place.
As we reported, Britney has had a rough time dealing with her dad's recent illness. Jamie and Britney are super close -- he's been her conservator for nearly a dozen years -- and his health battles have taken a big toll on her.
We're told at the same time, Britney's doctors were adjusting her meds which had lost their efficacy. Britney's mental health issues were stabilized with a cocktail of medicines that were designed specifically her. Over time, those meds were increasingly ineffective and doctors needed to create a new cocktail.
We're told there were problems. First, they had to wean Britney off the existing meds. This cannot be done quickly and there's a risk of suicide if it's not done right -- it's that serious.
As doctors weaned her off the meds, they created a new cocktail, but it's all trial and error, and there were errors that made Britney unstable and ultimately unwilling to cooperate with doctors.
She was admitted to the mental health facility and we're told doctors think they've now found the right mixture of drugs.
Britney got a day pass Sunday to spend time with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, in Bev Hills. She went back to the facility the same day.
One other thing ... there have been reports the conservatorship has forced meds on Britney against her will. Not true. The conservatorship Britney is under does not permit the conservator to force drugs on the person for whom the conservatorship was created.
On that note, there have also been reports Jamie Spears forced Britney into the mental health facility. The type of conservatorship Britney has -- through the probate court -- does not allow a conservator to force someone into a mental health facility.
What's more, we're told Jamie is adamant -- he did not want his daughter to go to the facility because he thought it would leak out to the media and he felt there were better ways of solving her problems. We're told Britney is the one who said she wanted to go.
Sony Pictures Wins Screen Rights To Britney Spears Song-Filled Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’(4/23/19) Sony Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to the Broadway-bound Once Upon a One More Time, a fairy tale fueled by the hit songs of Britney Spears. The stage version world premieres this fall at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago, before heading to Broadway next year.
John Davis’ Davis Entertainment will produce the film along with Spears and her manager Larry Rudolph.
In Once Upon a One More Time, Cinderella, Snow White and the other fairy tale princesses gather for their book club when a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. The musical features such Spears hits as Oops I Did It Again, Lucky, Circus and Toxic. The musical features an original book by Jon Hartmere and is directed by Rock Of Ages‘ Kristin Hanggi with choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid (Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself).
While studios are looking for the next Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical is likened more than anything to Mamma Mia! for its screen potential.
CAA brokered the deal.
Britney Spears' BF Says She's 'Doing Amazing' Through Mental Health Crisis(4/23/19) Britney Spears' boyfriend has an update on her condition, and strongly insinuates ... it's time for her loyal fans to stand down on claims she's being held against her will or exploited.
We got Britney's bae, Sam Asghari, out in Los Angeles Tuesday and asked him the question that's on everyone's minds ... how's she holding up? He says she's doing "amazing," but then directly addressed the allegations many fans have been making since finding out Britney is in a mental health facility.
Sam made it clear, he's thankful Britney's fans are so concerned -- but also insisted there's no reason for it.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney checked herself into a mental health facility last month, and she's at the tail end of what we're told would be a 30-day stay. She got a day pass from the facility on Easter Sunday, and spent her time hanging with Sam in Bev Hills.
The trigger for Brit checking herself into the facility, as we first told you ... was her medicine. We're told doctors were adjusting the cocktail of meds Britney takes. The reality is it's a trial and error process to find the right combination -- and while she was dealing with that she also had to cope with her dad's recent illness.
Fans may or may not choose to buy what Sam's selling here, but he's certainly painting the most positive picture possible.
Britney Spears Checks into Mental Health Facility, Distraught Over Dad(4/3/19) Britney Spears has been admitted to a mental health facility ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to Britney tell TMZ she has been distraught over her dad's illness ... something we're told is quite serious and not getting better.
Jamie Spears has now had 2 surgeries to correct major issues with his intestines and colon. The second surgery was recent but he's been suffering complications. Jamie's issues started late last year after his colon spontaneously ruptured.
As you know, Britney put her Vegas residency on hold to care for her dad, and we're told she's been having a really hard time. Britney posted a photo with the words, "Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit" along with the caption, "We all need to take a little time for a little 'me time.'"
Our sources say Britney checked herself into the facility about a week ago where she will live for 30 days.
It was back in November when Spears announced her Las Vegas show, Britney: Domination, would be put on ice to deal with her dad's health issues ... saying, "A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We're all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time."
As TMZ reported, Britney has been under a conservatorship since 2008 for issues relatied to her mental health.
As for how her dad's illness is affecting her ... remember, Jamie saved Britney's life by stepping in back in 2007 when he said he feared he would wake up one morning and get a call from the coroner.
Britney Spears and The Weeknd collaborate on a new musical(1/26/19) O happy dagger, Britney Spears is doing Shakespeare!
Well, sorta: She’s Swedish songwriter Max Martin’s longtime muse — and their musical collaborations get top billing in his new musical “& Juliet,” which is inspired by William Shakespeare’s doomed teen lovergirl from “Romeo & Juliet.”
Featured show tunes include Brit Brit’s “Oops… I Did It Again” and The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” the BBC reports. The production is set to premiere at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November.
But wherefore art thou Romeo? Spoiler alert: He got cut from the show.
The plot of “& Juliet” flips the script with a “Sex and the City” twist: The Bard’s legendary lovelorn lady decides not to kill herself at the play’s climax — and instead escapes to Paris with the Nurse and the rest of her gal pal posse.
Here’s the official hype: “[This] irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? This is Juliet’s story now. So don’t tell her how it ends…”
Miriam Teak-Leewill, an ensemble member in the West End cast of “Hamilton,” is set to take on the title role. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster beginning February 11.
BTW: This isn’t Spears’ first flirtation with musical theater: the pop superstar and Natalie Portman both understudied Laura Bell Bundy (“Legally Blonde: The Musical”) in 1992’s “Ruthless!,” an off-Broadway cult hit about a homicidal wannabe child star.
After an eight-month run, 11-year-old Spears decided treading the boards was toxic. “Even though the part was fun, the process of doing the same thing night after night wasn’t,” she wrote in her 2000 memoir, “Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart.”
Here’s hoping this Vegas vet considers making a full-blown return to legitimate theater when “& Juliet” makes its seemingly inevitable Broadway bow. (Don’t laugh — she used to be a belter.)
Britney Spears celebrates 20 years since release of Baby One More Time album(1/14/19) Britney Spears is feeling “blessed” as she celebrates 20 years since the release of her debut album, Baby One More Time.
The 37-year-old took to Instagram on Saturday to mark the milestone, and in the post, also thanked her fans for all of their support over the decades.
“Can you believe that this album was released 20 years ago today??!! I can’t,” she wrote alongside a picture of the album’s cover. “It’s definitely been the journey of a lifetime, full of ups and downs, but I’m grateful for every single moment of it all. Getting to know you all over the years has been such an incredible experience, and has made this all worth it.”
Baby One More Time was a huge success upon its debut in January 1999, and included Britney’s hits Sometimes, (You Drive Me) Crazy, Born to Make You Happy, and the title track, which was the singer’s debut single.
“Thank you for your support from 20 years ago, all the way to today. I am blessed #20yearsofbritney,” the star concluded.
Britney is currently on an indefinite work hiatus and is focused on spending time with her family.
The Toxic hitmaker had been preparing for her second Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Domination, which was due to run at the new Park MGM resort from February to August, but she announced earlier this month that she was cancelling the concerts.
Explaining the reason for her decision, the mother-of-two revealed that her father Jamie was hospitalized and “almost died.”
“I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand,” Britney said in a statement.
Her representatives later explained that Jamie, who also serves as his daughter’s conservator, suffered a ruptured colon in late 2018, and underwent emergency surgery, which led to a lengthy stay in Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital.
Britney Spears Puts Las Vegas Residency On Hold To Care For Ill Father(1/5/19) Britney Spears has announced she’s taking an indefinite work hiatus to care for her father, Jamie Spears, who is recuperating from a “recent life-threatening illness,” according to the singer’s team.
Spears’ new show “Britney: Domination” had been scheduled to launch at Park MGM in Las Vegas on February 13, with plans for a two-year run. She previously performed a four-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Two months ago, Jamie Spears was hospitalized with a ruptured colon and underwent surgery. After a post-operative period, he was sent home, where he is currently and is expected to make a full recovery.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family. We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me,” Spears said in her official statement on Friday. “Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and I look forward to the time when I can be back on stage performing for all of you.”
Britney has both a close personal and professional relationship with her father. Jamie Spears has been her legal guardian under the terms of a conservatorship since she was hospitalized back in 2008.
Katy Perry named 2018’s highest-paid female artist(11/22/18) Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paid women in music is out this week, and the name atop this year’s list is Katy Perry — who pulled in $83 million between June 2017 and July 2018, beating out Taylor Swift (who netted $80 million) and Beyoncé ($60 million), according to pretax earnings sourced from Nielsen, insider interviews and the magazine’s own estimates.
One might assume that this cool stack of cash comes from Perry’s fifth album “Witness,” which came out in June 2017. But though the album debuted at Number One on the Billboard200chart, it dropped to Number 13 within a week and ceded the crown to other albums at a similar pace on other countries’ charts, selling, in the end, around 840,000 copies worldwide. By comparison, Taylor Swift’s “Reputation,” released in November 2017, has sold 4.5 million copies. So why did Perry make more money?
The bulk of Perry’s earnings actually came from concerts — specifically, “Witness: The Tour,” which ran for 80 dates and grossed around $1 million a night, according to Forbes. And then there was her spot as a judge on ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” which has been estimated to have brought her between $20 million to $25 million. (Not everyone at ABC was happy with the hefty price tag for the addition of her name to the program, particularly the other judges who got “a hell of a lot less” because of it.) The payouts from both of these projects well eclipse the money that Perry made from sales and streams of her actual album.
It’s another insight into how artists today are, increasingly, turning to non-music avenues for money — whether live events, guest appearances on shows, books or brand partnerships — as those avenues prove much more lucrative than recording and releasing songs alone. On the fan side, there’s more than enough demand for it. Forbes notes that most of the dates from Swift’s “Reputation” stadium tour and Beyoncé’s “On the Run II” tour with Jay-Z fell outside of the scoring period, meaning we’ll see the bumps from those massive tours in those artists’ numbers next year.
The full list of this year’s highest-earning female artists is below.
1. Katy Perry ($83 million)
Britney Spears ordered to give dad and legal team a raise for keeping her away from drugs(11/14/18) Britney Spears is giving her dad and her legal team a hefty raise after they argued that they kept her safe and away from drugs in the last few years, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.
The Pop Princess’ conservatorship attorneys appeared in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 were a judge granted their petitions to give raises to her team.
“The petition – allowance of fees filed on 10/15/18 by Petitioner Andrew M. Wallet is granted,” the minute order obtained by Radar stated.
Wallet, who is the co-conservator to Spears’ estate, argued that because he essentially saved the singer and her Trust from financial ruin, he should be compensated to the tune of $426,000.
In the October 15, 2018 court documents obtained by Radar, Wallet argued he had managed 36-year-old Spears’ finances and various business dealings for more than a decade and was instrumental in bringing “stability and leadership” to the singer’s various ventures.
He noted he kept “literally hundreds of people” in check — vendors, drivers, dancers, hair stylists, performers and many others — many whom could allegedly “bring financial disaster by providing illegal substances to the Conservatee.”
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, and her second attorney, Samuel Ingham were also granted their “allowance of fees,” according to documents exclusively obtained by Radar.
“By way of example, and not by way of limitation, at the planning stages of the Circus Tour, the Declarant instructed entertainment counsel to spread the risk of the Conservatee failing to fulfill her duties on tour because of some third party providing illegal substances,” Wallet claimed in his Oct. 15 declaration. “The financial stakes were high, and failure was not an option.”
Wallet said the same temptations continued in Spears’ Las Vegas residency. Wallet also argued since he was brought on as co-conservator, Spears’ estate has increased to the value of $20 million.
At the beginning of the conservatorship, the estate was nearly out of fund and cash equivalents,” Wallet said in the affidavit. “The estate and person of the conservative were in total chaos with tremendous liabilities. The problems were of epic proportions over a period of years. Extraordinary skills have been employed by all in order to achieve the results enjoyed at the present time. Petitioner has had many months at a time where all of his professional time was spent in services rendered exclusively to the conservative.”
The petition to “seal” the affidavit requested by Jamie Spears was also granted, according to the documents obtained by Radar.
Britney Spears' New Las Vegas Show Will Have Urban, Hip-Hop Feel(10/21/18) Britney Spears is going urban, street and hip-hop ... that's what we're being told by the folks who are creating her 2.0 Vegas concert residency.
Britney announced Thursday she was making a return to the Las Vegas Strip to bring back her hugely successful residency.
Sources involved in the show's production tell us ... the new show will look and feel fundamentally different from her 'Piece of Me' residency at Planet Hollywood.
The new show -- at MGM Park -- will have "an urban, street, hip-hop vibe" that will be reflected in the music, wardrobe, choreography, backup dancers and set design.
And there's more ... as one production source put it, the stage will have "bleeding edge technology." And, we're told, they've hired 2 creative directors who developed J Lo's successful Vegas residency.
Britney will not be going all N.W.A. ... she'll still perform all her hits, but there will be mixes in between songs and a significant dose of hip-hop.
Brit knows her show has to be bigger and better than before, and we're told she's psyched.
It better be good ... she's raking in around half a mil for each performance.
Britney Spears’ co-conservator claims he protected her from succumbing to drugs(10/19/18) The man in charge of Britney Spears’ estate has revealed a shocking bombshell about the star. According to documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, he not only kept the pop star’s various investments afloat, but also protected her from succumbing to drugs and other temptations during her Las Vegas residency.
Attorney Andrew Wallet, who is the co-conservator to Spears’ estate, argued that because he essentially saved Spears and her Trust from financial ruin, he should be compensated to the tune of $426,000 a year.
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“By way of example, and not by way of limitation, at the planning stages of the Circus Tour, the Declarant instructed entertainment counsel to spread the risk of the Conservatee failing to fulfill her duties on tour because of some third party providing illegal substances,” Wallet added in his declaration. “The financial stakes were high, and failure was not an option.”Wallet said the same temptations continued in Spears’ Las Vegas residency. Wallet also argued since he was brought on as co-conservator, Spears’ estate has increased to the value of $20 million.
“At the beginning of the conservatorship, the estate was nearly out of fund and cash equivalents,” Wallet said in the affidavit. “The estate and person of the conservative were in total chaos with tremendous liabilities. The problems were of epic proportions over a period of years. Extraordinary skills have been employed by all in order to achieve the results enjoyed at the present time. Petitioner has had many months at a time where all of his professional time was spent in services rendered exclusively to the conservative.”
Wallet also asked the judge for an order to seal the pleadings related to his compensation.
Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears have ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ reunion(10/12/18) (Photo) Ryan Gosling is reliving his past.
The 37-year-old star ran into fellow “Mickey Mouse Club” alum Britney Spears backstage when he stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to film an episode that aired Friday.
“Neither one of us could remember [when we last saw each other] which I think is a sign that it’s been a while,” he said to DeGeneres.
However, Gosling can still remember his first impressions of Spears, along with another notable “MMC” alum, Christina Aguilera.
“I remember when we first got to the show, they had all of the kids perform for one another, and I remember Christina Aguilera and then Britney performing,” he recalled. “I remember thinking ohhh OK so, they are like, freakishly talented.”
And Gosling’s talent? “I just said, ‘I’m Canadian!'”
Earlier this year, Spears told ET Online she would love to have a “Mickey Mouse Club” reunion.
“It was a really good time,” the 36-year-old songstress told Nancy O’Dell in July. “It was a great time. It was probably one of the most special times in my life.”
Britney Spears puts on British accent at London show(8/26/18) (Video) Oops, she did it again.
Britney Spears hit fans with a fake English accent one more time during a show at London’s O2 Arena Friday.
The 36-year-old pop star jokingly used her British brogue to see which lucky fans were screaming the loudest during Friday’s stop on the “Britney Spears: Piece of Me” tour.
Trying to pump up the crowd, Spears exclaimed in “English” about one side’s screams: “What the hell is wrong with you? You’ve got to do better than that! Let’s try it again! Jesus Christ.”
Britney also used the playful parlance at another show in Dubin on Monday.
Spears infamously used a fake English accent during spats with paparazzi during a tumultuous personal time about a decade ago. She was eventually hospitalized and her career has since rebounded.
She’s apparently been practicing it for a while — the singer also used her fake accent in both a radio interview and a TV prank in 2013.
Britney Spears: Racy style in 'Toxic' is my favourite look(8/8/18) Britney Spears has rated her iconic look in video Toxic as her favourite from her career.
As well as producing a selection of beloved tunes, Britney has assumed a number of racy personas in her music videos from the Catholic schoolgirl in …Baby One More Time, to the air hostess turned leather-clad siren in Toxic, and the statement red catsuit in Oops!… I Did It Again, Britney has never been afraid to play with fashion and beauty.
“I like it when I change it up and there’s no specific character, you know? When there’s a bunch of different characters involved,” she explained in an interview with British Vogue. “I think one character is kind of boring and that’s what most people do for videos and stuff like that. So I think ‘Toxic’ is one of my favourite looks because it was like a superhero and imagination type thing. There were so many superheroes she turned into, kind of like a superwoman.”
As well as her impressive musical legacy, the pop star has also had a lasting influence on the beauty industry thanks to the scores of fragrances she’s released since 2004, including Curious and Fantasy. Britney has recently unveiled her latest perfume named Prerogative, a neutral gender-free scent which she describes as “something different” and “empowering.”
The 36-year-old also shared details behind her make-up regime, revealing that “Less is more” is her day-to-day mantra, and detailed her unexpected skincare saviour.
“I’m all about a good astringent toner before I put my moisturizer on. I can’t just put moisturizer on – I have breakouts because I work out,” she said. “I don’t actually get zits or acne, I just get these red marks where it’s, like, about to break out and it shows up like a rash on the side of my face. So I like for it to feel like zingy clean with astringent.”
Britney Spears' dad offers Kevin Federline more child support: report(7/28/18) Britney Spears’ father has reportedly offered her ex-husband Kevin Federline more child support in an effort to end the former couple’s legal battle.
The former couple shares joint custody of sons Sean, 12, and 11-year-old Jayden, and earlier this year, the 40-year-old filed court papers hoping to double his monthly $20,000 child support payments.
He argued his income had drastically decreased in the decade since they last amended the financial details of their agreement, while the Toxic hitmaker’s fortune has been boosted significantly thanks to her Las Vegas residency, which reportedly earned her $475,000 per show until it wrapped at the end of 2017.
Attorneys for the exes headed to court on Friday, when Britney’s legal representative made it clear she is not prepared to hand over extra funds to Federline, because the money should be more than enough to live comfortably for the time their kids spend with their dad.
The Blast later reported that Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, recently reached out to Kevin privately and offered an additional $10,000 per month, in an effort to end the bitter legal battle.
However, the ex-dancer’s legal team is reportedly reluctant to let their client accept the deal, and wants him to hold out for a much higher offer.
During the hearing on Friday, Britney’s attorneys also requested to delay the case to allow them extra time to gather further financial documents from officials overseeing her ongoing conservatorship, a move Federline’s representative challenged.
Britney has been under a legal conservatorship since her highly-publicized breakdown in 2007, when her father Jamie was put in charge of the singer’s finances.
Britney Spears’ team keeping her away from alcohol(7/26/18) While Demi Lovato’s upcoming live dates have been canceled following the star’s relapse and suspected overdose on Tuesday — Page Six has learned that Britney Spears’ team has been taking no chances backstage on her current tour by strictly banning booze.
A source told us that at Spears’ Radio City Music Hall shows on Monday and Tuesday, “Britney’s team set strict guidelines that no alcohol at all could be served backstage, because they want to keep it away from her, and also many of her dancers are underage.”
The source added, “Apparently this is the policy throughout her tour.”
It was reported before the tour kicked off that Spears would also have “advance people” removing any alcohol from hotel rooms where she’d stay, and that her team would “ensure no shady characters get anywhere near her,” reported column Straight Shuter.
Spears has reportedly been sober for some time, after an infamous 2007 public breakdown. A source told Page Six last year of the performer, “She’s in a Britney bubble. She’s healthy; she just celebrated another year of sobriety.”
There have been reports this year that a successful summer tour, including the Radio City gigs, could bring her a step closer to ending the conservatorship father Jamie Spears has over her.
Spears — who performed her show “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas 248 times over four years — is now taking her successful residency on the road, touring through August with stops in London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin and Oslo. This fall, she’s scheduled to play the 2018 US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, a night after Bruno Mars.
Said the Hollywood Reporter in a review of her Radio City shows, “For Spears’ fans — who have shown support throughout her triumphs and missteps, both professional and personal — seeing their idol happy and thriving is all they need.”
Spears’ rep did not comment.
29th GLAAD Media Award Winners(4/12/18) Vanguard Award: Britney Spears [presented by Ricky Martin]
Kevin Federline rejects Britney Spears’ child support offer(3/20/18) Britney Spears‘ ex-husband Kevin Federline is reportedly not satisfied with the amount of money Spears and her team have offered him for child support.
A source told Us Weekly that the former backup dancer for Spears has “flatly rejected” her proposal and now wants to take his request for more money to court.
“Kevin truly wanted to try and settle the child support payment increase without getting the courts involved out of respect for Britney, and of course, their two sons,” the source told Us Weekly.
But, according to the source, when Federline was sent the proposal that was offered to him by Spears’ team, the father of Jayden and Preston came to the decision that the child support dilemma may need to be resolved in court.
“Jamie and Britney Spears sent a response to Kevin’s request for an increase to his child support payments to his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan. Kevin has flatly rejected it,” the source said.
Federline is now reportedly asking for “a once yearly income and expense declaration from Britney including most recent tax returns filed” and is looking to come up with a new number based on those requests.
Spears, whose Las Vegas “Pieces of Me” show residency brought in more than $137 million, has proved to be extremely successful in the past four years since the opening of her Vegas residency.
More than a decade after her infamous meltdown, the iconic pop star has been working hard on her career and has recently announced a world tour, which she will embark on in July. Following her tour, she will return to Vegas to continue her residency.
As Spears’ career continues to flourish, Federline’s request for more child support money comes at a time when his ex-wife is more than financially secure.
But despite the security, Spears is not only reportedly annoyed with Federline’s request — a source close to the 36-year-old singer added that the child support finance battle has taken a toll on her.
“This is causing Britney a tremendous amount of stress [because] Kevin does indeed have full physical and legal custody of the boys. She just wants this resolved as quickly as possible,” the source said.
“The cause for concern is that Kevin is given an increase this time, what is going to stop him from coming back the next time Britney signs another big deal, wanting a piece of that?”
Kevin Federline reportedly seeks more child support from Britney Spears(2/23/18) Kevin Federline reportedly wants to re-examine his child support arrangement with ex-wife Britney Spears following her recent success.
According to The Blast, Federline, who shares two sons Sean, 12, and Jayden, 11, with the Toxic singer, sent a letter via his attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan on Thursday, which asked for the discussion surrounding how much he gets from Spears in child support each month to be revisited.
The website reports that Spears currently gives her ex, to whom she was married between 2004 and 2007, a cheque for $20,000 each month, which was based on a percentage of her income at the time the deal was arranged. However, now that Spears has enjoyed huge success in recent years, including her Las Vegas residency which saw her take home $475,000 per show and make a staggering $15 million per year, Federline is requesting more in child support.
“Kevin feels that he has been very supportive of his ex-wife over the years – during the lows and during the highs with the resurgence of her career – and has always made it a priority to accommodate her schedule, even travelling to shows so she could see the kids,” a source told the outlet.
The letter didn’t indicate how much more Federline is looking for, but indicated he is looking for a large increase, The Blast added. He is also said to be hoping to arrange a new deal with Spears over private discussions, rather than hashing everything out in public.
Spears has yet to respond to Federline’s letter.
Britney Spears to be honored with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award(2/13/18) Britney Spears will have to make room for another award on her mantel.
The pop star, 36, will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for her years of support for the LGBTQ community, the organization announced Tuesday morning.
At the awards show, GLAAD will present Spears with its Vanguard Award, “which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”
“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” said the organization’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.”
Past winners of the Vanguard Award include Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington and Antonio Banderas.
The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Thursday, April 12.
Britney Spears signs a new Las Vegas residency deal(1/13/18) Britney Spears has reportedly signed a deal for a new Las Vegas residency in 2019 just weeks after completing her last run in the city.
The 36-year-old pop star is said to be returning to the stage for a brand new residency at Las Vegas’ Park Theater, inside the Monte Carlo resort, shortly after Lady Gaga completes her residency there.
According to Us Weekly, the star has become accustomed to staying in one area, allowing her more family time with her two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11.
The source said: “They are really trying to compete with some of the more established venues in Las Vegas.
“They made the offer and she just couldn’t refuse. She loves Vegas!”
It appears that 2018 could be a phenomenal year for the star, who has been spending time in Hawaii after rounding up a four-year residency at the end of 2017.
The “Toxic” hitmaker ended her residency with a show-stopping, sexually charged performance involving over nine costume changes.
The superstar delighted fans with her final gig at the AXIS, Planet Hollywood, as she cavorted about in a variety of sexy lingerie-style get-ups — with her trademark wireless microphone in pride of place.
Original pop icon Spears certainly set the bar high for the next big star to be getting a Vegas residency — Lady Gaga.
She is also rumored to have gotten engaged to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, 23, after being spotted sporting a diamond sparkler.
The singer and Asghari have been dating for over a year after meeting on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video back in November 2016.
Spears has kept relatively quiet about the romance but previously opened up about how they first started dating after being stuck together while waiting around on a video shoot.
Describing their meeting, she told E! News: “We were forced to talk to each other. He doesn’t really know me as a person, and I have no idea who the hell he is, and we were just talking.”
She continued: “I kept his number, and it was so weird because it was like five months later that I found his number in my bag.
“I was like ‘he was really cute. This guy was really cute’ so then I called him. He is just a really fun, funny person’.”
Brit has been marred twice before — once for just 55 hours to Jason Allen Alexander and a second time to dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she has her sons Sean Preston and Jayden.
Britney Spears to perform on New Year’s Eve(12/21/17) Britney Spears will give Vegas one last piece of her before the ball drops.
On Thursday, the pop princess announced she will perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” as her Sin City residency comes to a close.
“Going to be ending 2017 with the last #PieceOfMe show ever and a special performance on @rockineve!!” Spears, 36, posted on Instagram. “Tune in to ABC on 12/31 starting at 8/7c to watch!! #BRITNEYxRockinEve.”
Spears is expected to perform “Toxic” and “Work Bitch” from inside the AXIS auditorium at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas, her first New Year Eve’s set since 2002, per Billboard.
The star-studded festivities, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will also include performances from Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello and Sugarland.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” kicks off Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Fake Britney Spears Manager Swindles RCA Records(12/1/17) Someone crook pretended to be Britney Spears' manager and got her record label to send a bunch of yet-to-be-released music ... TMZ has learned..
According to docs obtained by TMZ ... the suspect impersonated Larry Rudolph, Brit's longtime manager, and emailed RCA Records to ask for tracks that at the time were unreleased. The person went so far as to create firstname.lastname@example.org ... which is not Larry's actual email address.
Didn't matter ... RCA reps got duped and uploaded 49 digital files.
In all, law enforcement says the culprit nabbed 12 tracks intended for Britney's album, "Glory," which was released in August 2016 ... shortly after this caper.
Law enforcement obtained search warrants in October 2016 and June 2017 to search AOL and Microsoft records for the suspect's email account -- and they now have a suspect. They say he's an attorney who's studying intellectual property law at UCLA. There goes the Dean's List ... allegedly.
The case is still under investigation. We spoke to the suspect, and his attorney, and they say the authorities have the wrong guy.
Britney Spears sells painting, donates proceeds to Vegas shooting victims(11/9/17) (Video) She’s no Picasso — but Britney is back in the art biz.
Britney Spears sold a watercolor painting of flowers for $10,000 to Robin Leach and the cash will be donated to victims of the Las Vegas massacre.
The pop star posted an Instagram video last month of herself painting the multicolored piece of art on a palatial estate while listening to Mozart.
“Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!” she wrote.
Spears donated the flower painting to the Vegas Cares benefit auction held at The Venetian last weekend.
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach auctioned the art for $10,000 to himself, according to the Las Vegas Journal Review.
Britney Spears Opens Children’s Cancer Foundation Campus in Vegas After Donating $1 Million(11/5/17) Britney Spears has officially left her mark in Las Vegas, and many children are bound to benefit from it.
On Saturday, the pop star attended the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Britney Spears Campus, located just a few miles from where she performs her residency show. Through donations from ticket sales from her Planet Hollywood show, Spears donated $1 million dollars to make the campus happen.
“I’m just really excited to be standing here for our new NCCF campus,” Spears said before the ceremonial ribbon cutting. “We started fundraising in 2014 and we’ve raised $1 million to build this amazing facility to support the kids and the families everywhere. I’m so thankful to everyone for their generosity in making this a reality and making this happen.”
With wind whipping around her and her boyfriend Sam Asghari nearby, Spears listened on as local officials sang her praises at the opening.
“We can’t thank Britney enough being able to do this. Our dream for many, many years has been to be able to have one one building that all of our 45 programs can come together in one place. And that we are able to to today,” NCCF CEO Jeff Gordon said. “And that doesn’t happen without someone like Britney Spears.”
Through working with Spears and her team, he said, “We saw a side of Britney Spears that so many people maybe don’t have the opportunity to see. You realize what a special person Britney is. She’s an incredible performer, we know all that, but she does care and the more we’ve gotten to know her, the more grateful we’ve become to her, and the kids have adored her.”
Clark County Commission Steve Sisolak equated Spears’ $1 million donation to the generosity showed to the Las Vegas community after the Route 91 mass shooting on Oct. 1.
“Thirty-five days ago our community when through something that we will never forget. People around the world got to see a side of Vegas that they had never seen before. They saw the love that Las Vegas has,” he said. “Today is similar to that because until today people haven’t totally understood what Britney Spears has meant to this community. We’ve all seen her on stage, we’ve all seen her perform and what a phenomenal performer and entertainer she is, but what’s she’s doing today is another side of Britney that unfortunately most of us haven’t had the opportunity to see before.
He added, “What she is doing today, and continues to do, is going to benefit thousands of children that comes through this facility, and for that we are sincerely thankful and very, very appreciative.”
Britney Spears Sings ‘Something To Talk About’ Live in Response to Critics Slamming Her for Lip-SyncinBritney Spears strayed from her usual set list and gave her critics “something to talk about.”
The 35-year-old singer, decked out in a racy black ensemble, surprised the audience at her Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas on Saturday with a live rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About.”
Before she began, she addressed the crowd by saying, “So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up and I was like, ‘There’s a lot of things going on in the world’ and stuff, but basically I looked and I was like, you know what, the press and the media my whole life … you know, it’s really crazy, one minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, you know?”
“I’ve never really spoke about it, you know, and I’m a Southern girl. I’m from Louisiana,” the pop star continued as the audience cheered. “I’m from the South and I like to keep it real, so I want to just make sure I keep having you motherf—ers something to talk about, okay?”
In an interview with an Israeli TV show prior to her upcoming performance in Tel Aviv on July 3, Spears addressed the lip-syncing allegations when a reporter asked how much of her concerts are live.
“A lot of people think that I don’t sing live,” she said. “Usually, because I’m dancing so much, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my a– out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it, you know?”
During a break in her Singapore concert in June, the Grammy winner stopped the show to wish her bodyguard Jacob a happy birthday with a live sing-along — as a dancer stood by with a birthday cake and sparkling candle.
Britney Spears is Drafting a New Will to Protect Her KidsBritney Spears is going back to the drawing board and redrafting her will ... all for the benefit of her 2 boys.
Britney's longtime conservators have filed legal docs asking for permission to change her will, which was drafted before she gave birth to Sean, now 11, and Jayden, now 10.
We've learned the current will simply provides ... when Britney dies her kids inherit her entire estate. Problem is ... they would get her entire fortune -- estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars -- when they turn 18. It's not wise to open the vault all at once to 18-year-olds.
Our sources say the new estate plan creates a trust for the kids, who will inherit her entire estate. But they will not have access to the entire fortune until they turn 35. The trust gives them limited access at 18, more access to the money at 25, but they won't get it all until they're eligible to run for President.
The trust also slashes the amount of inheritance tax the estate will have to pay.
The judge has to approve the change, but there shouldn't be any problem.
Britney Spears donates to Louisiana flood recoveryPop star Britney Spears is donating some of her Las Vegas show ticket sales to Louisiana schools for flood recovery.
The Kentwood, Louisiana native announced that $1 of every ticket sold through the end of the year will go to public schools in a partnership with the Louisiana School Boards Association.
The Advocate reports that association executive director Scott Richard says Spears’ contribution will go to a fund formed after last summer’s floods damaged several schools.
The initial money will focus on helping schools and teachers buy instructional materials.
Richard credited Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards with helping with the donation.
Spears’ mother Lynne and Edwards are friends. Both came from the same parish and previously were schoolteachers there.
Britney Spears Appears Shaken After a Fan Crashes Her Concert: "He's Got a Gun?"UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to E! News Thursday that 37-year-old Jesse Webb was arrested Aug. 9 for trespassing during Britney Spears' Piece of Me concert in Las Vegas. "Webb was asked to leave the concert by security prior to him jumping on stage and dancing," officer Larry Hadfield said. "Webb was transported to the Clark County Detention Center. There is no further information regarding this arrest."
After taking a summer vacation, Britney Spears returned to the stage in Las Vegas Wednesday, performing at the AXIS auditorium inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After she sang "(You Drive Me) Crazy," a fan rushed the stage and attempted to get Spears' attention. "Are you guys having fun?" the pop star asked, unaware of the man's presence. Dancers blockaded the man as security guards surrounded Spears. "Is something OK?" she asked. "What's going on?"
Spears' knees buckled as she clutched one of her security guards and asked, "He's got a gun?"
The 35-year-old pop princess muted her microphone before being ushered backstage. Fans chanted support as Spears made a safe and swift exit. "We love you!" they said. "We love you!"
Meanwhile, the "I Wanna Go" singer's dancers were busy subduing the fan, who had performed a cartwheel—and kicked a security guard in the process. As he attempted to break free, her dancers pushed him to the ground until more security guards hopped on the stage to intervene.
Fans chanted "a--hole" as the man was being restrained.
The man was ejected from the theater, which seats 4,600 audience members. E! News has reached out to reps for Spears and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for additional comment.
Prior to the show, Spears tweeted, "Feels so good to be back in Vegas!!"
The "Make Me..." singer will return to the stage this Friday and Saturday.
Britney: Piece of Me, which debuted in December 2013, will end its four-year run on Dec. 31. "As I prepare to say goodbye to Piece of Me, I had no idea how magical this experience would be. Having my fans from around the world come see my show has been amazing," Spears told E! News in a statement four months ago. "I love Las Vegas and will miss performing this show."
Since its opening, Britney: Piece of Me has grossed over $100 million in ticket sales.
Britney Spears Slams Decades of Lip-sync Accusations: ‘It Really Pisses Me Off’(Video) Britney Spears is well aware of all the lip-sync claims slung her way over the years, and she’s over it.
In a new interview with an Israeli TV show prior to her performance in Tel Aviv on July 3, the pop diva did not hold back her thoughts.
“I’m glad you’re addressing this question because it’s really funny,” she said when a reporter asked how much of her Piece of Me tour concerts are live.
“A lot of people think that I don’t sing live. I usually, because I’m dancing so much, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it, you know?”
One of the more widely known instances of these allegations, of course, was the media “Circus” erupting over Spears’ infamous performance of “Gimme More” at the MTV VMAs in 2007.
Her latest comments on the matter come shortly after she was accused of lip-syncing during a performance on her pitstop in Japan, where video seemed to show her mouth out of sync with the words of the song after a microphone slip.
Similar claims persisted through her successful residency in Las Vegas. Her manager, Adam Leber, told Medium in 2014, “To put on the show that she puts on, it’s virtually impossible to sing the entire time and do what she does. She’s singing on every song, basically, when she has the ability to sing. There’s no way you can dance for 90 minutes straight and sing the entire time.”
Britney Spears honored as icon at Radio Disney Music AwardsAt its best, Disney is an incubator of new talent — a prep school for pop stars until they near adulthood and inevitably fly the coop. Radio Disney, with its flagship Los Angeles station and worldwide reach through the web, is an important cog in that machine. The network gives budding superstars a platform to share their music and connect with fans before finding a wider audience. And so it was rewarded with its own awards show, the Radio Disney Music Awards, now in its fifth year.
A fan-voted (283 million were cast, according to the network) exercise, the RDMAs fall somewhere between the Kids’ Choice Awards and the once dominant MTV Video Music Awards. Only more wholesome and with less sludge. At least, that’s what I thought as I took my seat at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night (April 29). It turns out the RDMAs are an entirely different proposition, both in tone and line-up.
This is a place where a Pomeranian with a social following is award eligible, an event where the Chainsmokers are cryptically referred to as TCS and the home of the Smile Cam. It’s also an arena to celebrate teen activism and acknowledge celebrity do-gooders. From the inflatable Mickey heads bouncing around the stage to glowing wristbands strapped to our wrists, this is about disseminating good vibes.
And what could be more smile-inducing than a tribute to Britney Spears? The pop diva was honored with Radio Disney’s first-ever Icon Award after sitting through an uneven medley of her greatest hits. Country darling Kelsea Ballerini kicked it off by strumming “Oops!…I Did It Again” on her guitar, while Hailee Steinfeld and Sofia Carson resorted to karaoke versions of “Circus” and “…Baby One More Time.” Jamie Lynn Spears made a surprise cameo for a snippet of “Till The World Ends,” before inviting her big sister on stage to collect her special “Ardy.”
“What a pleasant surprise, my goodness,” Spears gasped as fans excitedly chanted her name. “This is such an honor. I want to thank Radio Disney so much for giving me their first ever Icon Award… your support throughout my career has meant so much to me, all of my fans, as always, you are the freakin’ best.” She then thanked her children. “My two loves of my life, my sons Jaden and Preston, you’re the reason my heart beats. I love you so much.”
If you thought that was heartwarming, how about a song from “Moana,” the Mouse’s blockbuster about an independent, sea-faring maiden? The RDMAs brought together Disney heartthrob Jordan Fisher, voice actress Auli’i Cravalho, and Canadian pop star Alessia Cara for soaring rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” — performed against a projection of a sun-dappled ocean, while dancers circled around them with flags. If there was a peak Disney moment, this was it.
It wasn’t all cartoons and ballads, however. Steinfeld, a repeat performer, rocked a silver leotard and sweatpants while performing new single “Most Girls,” which segued into club collaboration “Starving.” And then there was Julia Michaels, who had to perform “Issues” twice due to technical issues. Given the emo-lyrics, it was a less organic fit but they managed to jazz it up with cute projections and an unnerving gaggle of interpretative dancers.
Noah Cyrus also tested the boundaries with a solo version of “Make Me (Cry),” which I’m assuming was remixed by Marshmello. That’s the only explanation I have for the sea of children wearing his trademark bucket over their heads. As far as the Disney divas go, the night belonged to Sabrina Carpenter. She delivered pop radio hit “Thumbs” with an easy sophistication that hints at a painless transition to more mature material.
Just when I thought I had the performers pegged as young women with perky pop songs, Radio Disney threw a couple of curve balls. Nineties stalwarts Train dished up their infuriatingly catchy “Play That Song,” 13-year-old “America’s Got Talent” winner Grace Vanderwaal served mini-Sia vibes with an acoustic rendition of “I Don’t Know My Name” and, most bizarrely, LA alt-pop outfit Fitz & The Tantrums closed the show up with “Hand Clap.”
While the RDMAs line-up is a little baffling, the event comes into its own when it celebrates good causes. Like the RDMA Hero Award, which was awarded to Nick Jonas for promoting awareness of type 1 diabetes. Equally impressive is the Heroes For Change Award — an honor bestowed upon teenagers Jocelyn Woods and Natalie Hampton for making a difference in their communities. Consider the feel-good quota fulfilled.
Britney Spears’ dad still controls her financesBritney Spears’ is leaving Las Vegas, with her residency coming to an end, but the conservatorship set up so her father has control over her life will continue indefinitely.
The singer announced her “Piece of Me” show will conclude in December after a four-year run. And while Britney is currently on vacation in Hawaii, her manager Larry Rudolph says she’s going on a tour and then will record another album. He’s not ruling out another Vegas show either.
Meanwhile, Britney remains under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears, set up after her mental breakdown in 2008.
One source told Page Six, “Britney just keeps working and working, and everybody around her gets paid. It’s astonishing how hard she works, how well behaved she is now, but she still cannot make decisions about her own finances or personal life without the approval of her conservators.” But Britney is “in the best place she’s ever been,” friends insist.
Last year, the New York Times reported that every purchase Britney makes is tracked in court documents to safeguard her fortune. She pays her dad $130,000 a year to manage her affairs, and her other conservator is lawyer Andrew M. Wallet.
Another source told us about the machine behind Britney, “It’s definitely not the end of her onstage. She will be back. As long as they play it smart, there’s money to be made.” Of the conservatorship, the source added, “It’s all creepy. It feels like she’s a walking zombie . . . She hits the stage. Everyone gets paid . . . Larry Rudolph is collecting his money.”
Another friend of Spears added, “Yes, she’s still under the conservatorship, but she’s happy because everything is taken care of for her. She’s in a Britney bubble. She’s healthy, she just celebrated another year of sobriety, and she’s dating a handsome guy, model and personal trainer Sam Ashgari.”
As for claims that her team is money hungry? “This is not accurate. She is great . . . has shows in Asia and Tel Aviv coming up and is very happy,” Spears’ rep said.
Britney Spears Announces Final Piece of Me Shows in Las VegasIt's the end of an era.
Britney Spears announced Monday that she's leaving Las Vegas. Her final performances at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will begin Sept. 3 and will end Dec. 31. "As I prepare to say goodbye to Piece of Me, I had no idea how magical this experience would be," the 35-year-old singer told E! News in a statement, adding, "Having my fans from around the world come see my show has been amazing. I love Las Vegas and will miss performing this show."
In an Instagram post, Spears added, "Saying goodbye to this show is going to be SO hard."
"When we first announced Britney: Piece of Me four years ago, we were certain that Britney's residency would revolutionize the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas, and are thrilled at how successful the show has been," Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of Caesars Entertainment marketing and entertainment, said in a statement. "Caesars Entertainment has always led the evolution of Las Vegas entertainment. Britney's emergence in this market paved the way for other artists to make Las Vegas their home and as a result, the top entertainment destination in the world. We look forward to working together with Britney again in the future."
"Being named the best show in Las Vegas, among other accolades, Britney's residency marked a new era of entertainment as the city's first pop music resident artist," David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, told E! News in a statement. "We are delighted that Britney has called The AXIS at Planet Hollywood home for the last four years."
Since its opening in December 2013, the show has grossed over $100 million in ticket sales.
Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, Apr. 14 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here is the list of the newly added dates:
• September 2017: 3
• October 2017: 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
• November 2017: 1, 3, 4
• December 2017: 19, 27, 28, 30, 31
Tickets for the following previously announced performances are also on sale:
• May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
• August: 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
• September: 1, 2
Pre-sales are also available; visit Spears' website for more details.
Spears' contract ends in December. "We are done with this show, and our next move is undecided," the pop star's manager, Larry Rudolph, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal Friday. "We are still talking with Caesars Entertainment and other interested parties in Las Vegas." Rudolph added that the singer's next venue "could be conceivably anywhere," joking, "We could have it at the needle on the top of the Stratosphere, and do the bungee jump afterward."
It's possible Spears might stay in Sin City. "Anything is possible. We have made zero decisions. We expect a lot of interest from all parties. Britney basically sells out every show, and she loves Las Vegas, she loves performing in Vegas, and Vegas is a possibility going forward," he added. "She might tour, she might work on a new album. It's too early to talk specifics about anything."
Britney Spears Is Returning to Disney, More Than 20 Years After Her Time on The Mickey Mouse ClubBritney Spears is stepping back into the Disney spotlight in a big way!
It's been 23 years since she starred as a mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, and now she's about to make a return at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards where she's being honored with the first-ever "Icon Award."
The award was created to recognize "a distinguished artist whose career transcends popular culture and whose music is loved by generations of Radio Disney fans," which Spears obviously has and continues to do.
Phil Guerini, the Vice President of Music Strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide and the General Manager of the Radio Disney Network couldn't help but praise Spears' influence on Disney fans.
"Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the RDMA 'Icon' Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans," Guerini said. "We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998."
In 2014, Spears took home the Radio Disney award for Best Song That Makes You Smile for "Ooh La La." The song was also nominated that year for Favorite Song From a Movie.
The Princess of Pop will accept her award on Saturday, April 29, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will be complete with performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, Noah Cyrus, Julia Michaels and more.
You can catch it all when the show airs Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. EST on Disney.
Britney Spears Concert Delays Israeli ElectionBritney Spears did it again ... her concert has delayed an election in Israel.
The Israeli Labor Party has reportedly postponed its primary election from July 3 to July 4 since Brit's rolling into Tel Aviv the same day.
In a statement, the election committee for the Labor Party did not name Britney specifically -- but did say "the election date was delayed by one day due to the fact that there is a major event at Yarkon Park on July 3, 2017." That's where Britney's concert is going down.
Israeli journalist Tal Schneider broke the story ... the Labor Party apparently made the change so their party members could reach polling stations without all the foot traffic around ... and actually cast a vote.
Seems those Britney concerts are toxic for elections.
How Britney Spears Is Helping Women Feel ''Sexy, Strong and Confident'' With Her Newest Fragrance(Pic1, Pic2) Want Britney Spears' killer confidence? Just spritz on a splash of her newest fragrance and hit the town.
E! News spoke exclusively to the pop star about the latest addition to her perfume collection, Fantasy In Bloom, and why she's so invested in helping her fans feel good about themselves.
"I love creating fragrances, and find inspiration everywhere," Spears shared. "I love helping women feel sexy, strong and confident, and I think my fragrances really reflect that. Each scent is a way for me to connect with my fans."
As for the inspiration behind In Bloom, Brit shared it's a passion for anything floral that steered her toward the sweet scent. She explained, "I love flowers, they always brighten my day and make it feel special. Fantasy in Bloom makes me feel like I'm smelling a gorgeous bouquet."
In Bloom, which comes packaged in a hot pink bottle decorated with white and gold cherry blossoms, brings out a different side of Spears than her first and ultra-popular fragrance, Fantasy. Spears told us, "For me, the original Fantasy is special because it expresses my feminine side, as well as my fun side. Fantasy makes women feel empowered, flirtatious and sexy."
Regardless of whether she's choosing a scent fit for day or nighttime, Britney also revealed spraying on perfume is a vital step in her beauty regimen. "I love wearing perfume! I'm always changing up my scents, depending on how I'm feeling. I like to choose the fragrance that matches my mood and whatever vibe I want to give," she added.
And speaking of her rules to live by when it comes to getting ready for the day, Brit shared this: "My beauty routine is super simple. I'm always outside running around with my boys, so I make sure to protect my skin with sunscreen. I never forget perfume before I run out the door."
E! News also dished with Brit about how she maintains such a stunning physique. Spears attributes her concert-ready bod to one popular workout routine, explaining, "I love yoga. It's a full body workout and I always feel so relaxed when I'm done." When it comes to nutrition, Spears said, "I usually go with slices of lean turkey to keep me going through a busy day."
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Umbrella used by Britney Spears in 2007 attack up for auctionThe paparazzo whom Britney Spears attacked with an umbrella during her 2007 meltdown is selling the item to the highest bidder.
Photographer Daniel Ramos told Broadly on Tuesday, the 10-year-anniversary of the infamous incident, that he’s auctioning off the green umbrella and plans to donate half of the proceeds to a charity of Spears’ choice.
In 2007, the pop star, who was faced with an ongoing custody battle with her then-estranged husband Kevin Federline, and had recently shaved her own head at an LA salon, was swarmed by photographers at a gas station.
She then went on the attack, swinging her umbrella at Ramos’ Ford Explorer and yelling “f—k you.” Spears then dropped the umbrella, ran to her car and sped off. Another photographer handed the umbrella to Ramos.
“It was a bad moment in her life,” said Ramos. “Unfortunately it was captured.”
A few months later in 2007, Spears wrote on her website: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.”
Spears was placed on two psychiatric holds the following year. Despite a successful comeback, including starring in a Vegas residency show, she and her estate remain under a conservatorship run by her father, Jamie Spears.
Ramos quit working as a paparazzo in 2013 to focus on filmmaking shortly after Kanye West allegedly assaulted him. West settled Ramos’ lawsuit against him two years later.
Spears has not commented on Ramos’ auction.
Britney Spears feels ‘lucky’ on 10-year anniversary of meltdownBritney Spears feels “lucky” – a decade after she famously shaved her head in the midst of a personal breakdown.
The “Toxic” singer shocked the world in February 2007 when she took a razor to her long hair and left a hair salon in the middle of the night with a bald head.
But a decade on, Spears is back at her best, performing in her hit Las Vegas show at Planet Hollywood and enjoying time at home with her two sons, Sean and Jayden.
And looking back at her time as a mum, Spears shared a throwback picture to 2010 to highlight how happy she was that her life is back on track and she’s in a good place.
Posting a picture of her carrying one of her boys, she wrote: “Found this today and realized I’m a very blessed and lucky mommy #tbt.”
Back in February 2007, Spears – then 25 – walked into a hair salon in Tarzana, Calif., and asked the stylist to cut off her long brown hair.
Owner Esther Tognozzi refused so the singer grabbed a pair of clippers and did it herself as the cameras snapped away outside.
Her bizarre behavior happened in the midst of her bitter custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, but a decade on, the former couple are on friendly terms and have found a way to co-parent their two sons in harmony.
Spears has also snapped back into shape after a period of having her weight go up and down as she battled her demons, but has recently been parading her famously flat stomach and toned thighs for all to see, proving once and for all that the singer is, to quote one of her hits, “Stronger” than ever.
Spears’ post came just days after Katy Perry appeared to make a dig at her on the Grammys red carpet.
The singer was speaking about her new blonde hairstyle when she made the comments, which led to an angry backlash from fans of the “Piece of Me” star.
“It’s the last color in the spectrum that I can do, I’ve done all of them and the only thing left to do is shave my head which I’m really saving for a public breakdown. I’m down for that.”
In another interview she was speaking to Ryan Seacrest when he mentioned that there was a “pause in [her] music”.
She responded: “Yeah, that’s called taking care of your mental health.”
He asked how that went and she replied: “Fantastic, and I haven’t shaved my head yet.”
Her comments prompted a Twitter frenzy and “Britney” to trend alongside the Grammys as fans aired their rage.
One tweeted: “Ironic how yalls woke queen Katy Perry screams ‘no hate’ an hour after making fun of Britney’s mental stability on the red carpet.”
Another ranted: “I don’t care who you are, you never make fun of mental health and Britney Spears’ breakdown. What an a—hole comment, Katy Perry.”
Britney Spears shacks up for Valentine’s in $30M estateBritney Spears spent Valentine’s Day weekend in the lap of luxury.
The songstress stayed in a $30 million oceanfront estate in Malibu with her new boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and her two sons for the holiday getaway. The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home is located on the exclusive “Billionaire’s Beach.”
The foursome had plenty to do without ever leaving the house, with an infinity pool, hot tub, theater room and patio equipped with a grill and TV on the property.
But Spears didn’t have to shell out a cent for the glam life — the stay was courtesy of Airbnb.
A source tells us Spears wanted to enjoy some downtime with her family during a break from her residency in Las Vegas. The last several days have been difficult ones for Spears, as her 8-year-old niece was involved in a serious ATV accident on Super Bowl Sunday. Young Maddie, whose mother is Britney’s little sister Jamie Lynn, was released from the hospital on Friday and doctors said at the time that, thankfully, “she is on the way to a full recovery.”
Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter returns home from hospitalJamie Lynn Spears‘ daughter, Maddie Aldridge, is returning home after a terrifying ATV crash left her hospitalized.
“Maddie Aldridge, 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears, has been discharged from Children’s Hospital in New Orleans,” the hospital told People in a statement. “She is breathing well and interacting with loved ones. Doctors say she is on the way to a full recovery.”
Spears’ husband, Jamie Watson, posted the happy news on Instagram with a photo of the family in a hospital helicopter.
“Thanks to the amazing first responders, and medical teams at University and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, we are headed home with our baby girl as she continued to recover,” he wrote. “Above all else we are so thankful for each and every prayer, because we know that is what truly made the difference. Thank you again to everyone. We are truly blessed.”
The crash occurred while Maddie was driving the vehicle on family property on Sunday afternoon, with both Spears and Watson present. A police report released on Monday states that Maddie was attempting to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. “In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond. The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”
Aldridge was reportedly underwater for several minutes while Jamie Lynn and Watson struggled to remove her from the vehicle. She was airlifted to the hospital shortly after, and on Tuesday was reported to be “awake and talking.”
Britney Spears Shares Niece Maddie Aldridge ''Is Making Progress,'' Thanks Fans for Their PrayersMaddie Aldridge is continuing to make progress.
The 8-year-old's famous aunt, Britney Spears, took to social media to thank her fans for their unwavering support during this difficult time.
The "Glory" singer also made mention of her niece's road to recovery, writing, "We are so grateful to share that Maddie is making progress. Thank you all for sending thoughts and prayers our way. Let's all keep praying."
Just yesterday, E! News reported that Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter was making major headway after her serious ATV accident on Sunday in Louisiana.
The Spears family rep (through the hospital treading Maddie) released a statement explaining that Maddie was "awake and talking" to her family members who have been by her side since she was hospitalized.
"With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7. The 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears was involved in an ATV accident at a family home Sunday in Kentwood, La. Paramedics resuscitated her and she was airlifted to a local hospital. She is aware of her surroundings and recognizes those family members who have kept a round-the-clock vigil since the accident."
The statement continued, "Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking. Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she was not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident."
Jamie Lynn Spears' Daughter Awake and Breathing On Her OwnJamie Lynn Spears' daughter, Maddie, is now breathing on her own as she recovers from the horrific ATV accident that left her submerged for several minutes.
A Spears family rep says the 8-year-old girl regained consciousness on Tuesday ... "Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking." Maddie is still receiving oxygen, but the rep told People it appears she did not suffer any neurological damage.
TMZ broke the story ... Maddie was driving a Polaris ATV Sunday when it flipped and submerged her in a pond.
Britney Spears asks fans to pray for niece after ATV crashBritney Spears is asking for prayers for her 8-year-old niece, who is in stable but critical condition after a terrifying ATV crash on Sunday.
“Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece,” Spears, 35, wrote on social media Monday.
The little girl, Maddie Briann Aldridge, is the daughter of Spears’ 25-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Maddie drove an ATV into a pond on Sunday afternoon and was submerged in the water before being rescued by paramedics, authorities confirmed.
According to a sheriff’s department statement obtained by People, the accident occurred on family property in Louisiana, with both Jamie Lynn and her current husband — Maddie’s stepfather — present during the time of the incident.
A police report says that Maddie was steering the vehicle to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. “In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond,” the report (via People) says. “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”
The report continues, “Within seconds the child’s mother, stepfather and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters.”
Jeff Raymond, a publicist for Jamie Lynn, said the family is asking for people to “respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”
Maddie is being treated at a Louisiana hospital.
Britney Spears Speaks for the First Time About Dating Sam AsghariBritney Spears is finally opening up about her new man!
The "Toxic" singer called into AMP 103.7 Friday and gave host Nathan Fast some scoop about her romance with Sam Asghari. The two, who met on the set of her steamy music video for "Slumber Party," have been giving fans some sneak peeks into their relationship, but otherwise mum was the word...until now.
"We were waiting and waiting together for 20 minutes at a time, literally stuck there," Brit Brit said of filming with Asghari. "We were forced to talk to each other."
But after spending so much time in one room together, the two eventually started to open up and ultimately realized they had more in common than they thought.
"He doesn't really know me as a person, and I have no idea who the hell he is, and we were just talking," she explained. They discussed their mutual love of sushi and other things they both like and even loosely suggested they grab a bite to eat together sometime.
"It was not even like a serious thing," the "Make Me..." singer explained.
But neither one put anything in the books until several months later. "I kept his number, and it was so weird because it was like five months later that I found his number in my bag," Spears confessed. "I was like 'He was really cute. This guy was really cute!' so then I called him. He is just a really fun, funny person."
Although neither one had commented publicly on the status of their relationship until now, they both started to make it clear once social media photos showed them in bed together. They also turned New Year's Eve into a romantic date night, where they cozied up to each other during an intimate dinner.
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Britney Spears spotted with new boyfriend on New Year’s EveBritney Spears rang in the New Year with new boyfriend Sam Asghari at Catch in LA.
The pair, who met when Asghari starred in the music video for “Slumber Party,” was “super affectionate,” says a source.
“They did not wait till midnight for a kiss. He also gave her his jacket to keep her warm and had his arm around her all evening.”
Also at the restaurant were Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, who were there with A$AP Ferg and Justine Skye.
Britney Spears' Sushi Date With Hunky 'Slumber Party' Co-StarBritney Spears might be doing it again ... as in going out with a guy with whom she's been working.
Britney was seen grabbing sushi Saturday night with her co-star from her newest music video, "Slumber Party" ... and this pic of them together is ... interesting.
The stud, Sam Asghari, starred alongside Britney as her love interest. He's a personal trainer -- and he might be attached judging by how fast he took down the post.
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Britney Spears -- Rumble Over BumbleBritney Spears is entangled in a raging dispute over the Bumble dating service ... TMZ has learned.
Britney's lawyer fired off a threatening letter to Adam Kluger, claiming he went behind Britney's back and negotiated with Bumble to fund her new music video.
According to the letter, obtained by TMZ, Kluger allegedly told Bumble he had authority to rep Britney for an $800,000 deal that would put the Bumble name all over her new vid. The lawyer says Bumble agreed and gave Kluger $200k up-front. Kluger then made a deal with Britney's label, RCA, to pay them $450,000 for the Bumble product placement promotion.
Britney's people say what Kluger did is fraudulent, because he never repped Britney. They also say his $350k fee -- more than 43% of the deal -- is ridiculous and way above what agents charge.
Kluger tells us he never told Bumble he repped Britney. He says his company is a creative agency that puts people and companies together, which is exactly what he did here. He also said his company has worked with Britney before on projects involving Orange Theory and Plenty of Fish.
Kluger also says he's on the Forbes List of the 30 Most Influential People in Music Under the Age of 30. Kluger's lawyer tells us, "We are going to defend the sterling reputation of The Kluger Agency in court as necessary. The allegations are false. The Kluger Agency has done nothing wrong."
As for the music video, we've learned it's being made ... but without any Bumble product placement. And get this ... Britney made a deal with the dating service, which will underwrite the music video, and in return she's gonna do something with Bumble ... hmmm.
Oops! Britney Spears’ top pops during Vegas show(Video) Britney Spears almost exposed her breasts during an unfortunate on-stage wardrobe malfunction on Saturday night.
The 34-year-old singer suffered the mishap while performing the hit “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll“ when the strap to her top unclasped around her neck and fell down.
Britney immediately covered herself with her left hand.
Two of her male dancers desperately tried to fasten the top but their efforts were wasted as it soon fell open again.
Like a true gentleman, one of the dancers later removed their flannel shirt which the singer put on – all while still performing to her thousands of fans.
Britney, who is no stranger to flashing the flesh, was performing her Piece Of Me show at The Axis inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The singer handled the mishap like a pro and didn’t let it interrupt her killer performance.
Britney recently caused controversy after an unseen version of her video to “Make Me” leaked online.
The alternative video revealed the sexy singer originally intended to go X-rated in a way you’ve never seen her before.
The unseen footage was so explicit that the family-friendly star was forced to tone it down after filming had wrapped.
Britney fans have been sharing online the new version after it was discovered the shocking original edit featured her writhing in the middle of a dozen naked men in nothing but skin-colored lingerie.
Justin Bieber, Britney Spears to headline Jingle BallJustin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears are some of the acts set to perform during the 12-date “Jingle Ball ” tour this holiday season.
IHeartMedia announced Tuesday that the tour will kick off Nov. 29 in Dallas and wrap Dec. 18 in Miami. The lineup, which varies by city, includes Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Backstreet Boys, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, One Direction’s Niall Horan and others.
Tickets go on sale on Oct. 17.
The Dec. 9 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden will stream live on The CW Network’s app and website, and air as a 90-minute special on the channel on Dec. 15.
The tour will also visit San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; and Tampa.
Britney Spears Admits She'd Totally ''Snog'' Justin BieberBritney Spears is single and ready to mingle...with Justin Bieber?
Yes, the 34-year-old Princess of Pop sat down for a game of "Snog, Marry, Avoid" with the ladies of the UK-based television show Loose Women. When presented with the choice of Bieber, Madonna and Simon Cowell, Brit Brit paused for a long while before admitting she'd "snog" (aka kiss) the Biebs. As for the other two? She'd avoid both!
The fact that she'd choose Bieber over the others should come as no surprise, considering the singer previously admitted during the interview that she's into younger guys.
(Video) "I'm happily single right now," she said. But when asked what she looks for in a guy lately, she continued, "I like younger guys. Like this morning, for instance, this guy came and he was my waiter, and I was like, 'Oh my God! You're adorable!'"
But when it comes to her perfect date, Britney isn't so picky. "I like spur of the moment things," she revealed. "I don't like things so planned. I like things to just happen."
You hear that, boys?!
Meanwhile, Britney has been single since calling things off with her previous boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, in June 2015.
Last week she joined The Jonathan Ross Show and said she's really not actively seeking a new man at this point in her life...and for good reason.
"A lot of men are about games. It's just the mind game with guys, the calling back and the texting, it's just too much, it's silly," she said (and, boy, do we feel her on that one). "Actually I'm not looking for men right now, I'm really happy with myself. I'm not looking for anything, I'm fine with the way I am."
Watch Britney Spears Sing Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' – on Helium!(Video) Britney Spears decided to cover one of Taylor Swift's biggest hits – on helium.
The pop star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday and competed in several silly contests with the titular host. After she was defeated by Ross in Forfeit Tennis, Spears had to step up to a helium-filled balloon, inhale, and perform a song.
"You can sing one of your own, you can sing a popular song – something we all know," Ross instructed.
After puckering up and taking in an adequate amount of the noble gas, Spears squeaked out a few bars from the chorus of Swift's "Shake It Off."
Along with her mini-performance, the popstar also discussed dating – she's "not looking for men right now" – and says she just wants a "nice guy" when the time is right.
Spears' ninth studio album, Glory, is out now.
You're a Womanizer: Britney Spears Says Dating Is a 'Mind Game with Guys'Quit playing games with her heart.
Britney Spears says that dating is a "mind game with guys" – and she has no time for that nonsense.
The pop sensation tells Jonathan Ross on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday, that aspects of modern dating are "hard."
"A lot of men are about games," she explains, adding, "...The calling back and the texting, it's just too much – it's silly."
Spears, who shares sons Sean Preston, 11, and Jayden James, 10, with ex-husband Kevin Federline, says that finding suitors is "a little tricky" given her fame.
"I have a friend at home and he randomly sets me up with people every now and then on dates. It's just awkward because there's so many times that you meet people and it's just too awkward and you just don't feel right," she divulges. "The dating thing and meeting other people, it's hard."
So what does Spears want in a partner?
"I like someone that's just nice overall – just a nice guy is really groundbreaking in this world," the 34-year-old shares.
But, she insists that she's not even in the market for a man.
"I'm not looking for men right now," Spears tells Ross. "I'm really happy with myself. I'm not looking for anything, I'm fine with the way I am."
Later during the show, Spears and Ross play a game of "Oops I did it or Oops I didn't do it," during which Spears reveals she's passed gas onstage. Seriously!
Spears' appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show airs Saturday at 10:20 p.m. on ITV.
Britney Spears: "My Twenties Were Horrible"(Video) To say Britney Spears' twenties were rough is an understatement.
In the span of a decade, the pop princess got divorced twice, temporarily lost custody of her children and was put under an emergency psychiatric hold—among other headline-making, career-threatening dramas. With the help of her family and management team, Spears got her act together and is back at the top of her game with a Las Vegas residency and a hit album, Glory.
Speaking to Dan Wooton on ITV's Lorraine Thursday morning, she reflected on that tumultuous time. "I liked my thirties way more than my twenties. My twenties were horrible," Spears, 34, said. "My teens were fun, but I like my thirties. Thirties is great. You know who you really are."
Naturally, Spears is nervous about what will happen when sons Sean Federline, 11, and Jaden Federline, 10, become teenagers. "It's a little strange. I'm nervous, because I know 12, 13, 14 and 15 is going to be really scary, and I'm going to be like, 'Mom, please come to the house and help me out here!'" the single singer joked. "But right now it's a great age. They're still babies."
Spears recently had another baby: Glory, her best-selling debut in the U.K. in nine years. "I really took my time with this record. I took like two and a half years to do it, and I worked with the most profound, amazing people. It was just really, really cool. I definitely had the jitters," Spears admitted. "I was like, 'Oh, my God! Will people like it?' Oh, my God! But it worked out."
The album is meant to be "empowering," according to Spears, who is single and loving it. In the past, the musician looked for love in the wrong places. Today, landing a man doesn't seem as important. "I'm in a really good place right now, so I think I'm just...I'm loving and learning myself every day, and learning who I am, so it's just...it's awakening," she explained. "It's cool."
"It's OK to be single, yeah," Spears added. "It totally is."
Britney Spears on Being Nicknamed "Godney" and "The Holy Spearit"The Church of Britney Spears is not an officially recognized religion.
That being said, millions of fans have worshipped the singer since she burst onto the music scene in 1998 with "...Baby One More Time." Several years ago, Spears' fans even gave her two nicknames: "Godney" and "The Holy Spearit." While the 34-year-old pop princess doesn't mind the adoration—who would?—she's not sure she's worthy of the nicknames. "That's just how the fans are – and I don't want to let them down," she says in NME's Sept. 16 issue. "At the end of the day, we're all human and we all make mistakes. It's really flattering, but I don't know if I can set my bar that high. I'm sure a lot of them have almost felt like they've grown up with me."
Spears has been in the public eye for more than half her life, and her every move has been documented and scrutinized. Needless to say, it can be a lot. "I try not to analyze it too much," she admits. "I love what I do and I think that helps because it speaks for itself when I perform."
The "Make Me..." singer has taken her act all over the world. But, since 2013, she's headlined at The Axis, located inside Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "Seeing other artists continue to do this kind of thing inspires me, too," Spears says. "Because sometimes I'm like, 'What am I doing?' Like, I could be a teacher. But then I see other people doing it too and I'm like, 'Well, you know, it's probably all they've known for so long, so it just kind of makes sense."
Spears believes the key to longevity is unpredictability. So, when the time came to record her ninth studio album, Glory, she worked with new songwriters and producers to create a sound that was all her own. "Honestly, this is the first project where I've really been hands-on. I was really specific about who I worked with and I've been learning to say no. I'm a people-pleaser, so that's hard for me—even if I don't like something, I'll do it just to make a person happy," she tells NME. "I made sure this album was everything I wanted it to be. I was really selfish with it."
Britney Spears Admits "I'm a Weird, Anxiety-Ridden Person"Britney Spears is sharing the side of her that fans don't know: the non-celebrity side.
The "Make Me" songstress opens up to Flaunt magazine about the real her, the version that surprisingly doesn't listen to her music and prefers to stay at home and relax even though she's killing it in her Las Vegas residency. "I think with a lot of things in the past, I didn't have security. I didn't have the guidelines that I have now, which are brilliant. I'm very close to my security team," she tells the magazine.
"I have kids now too, so everything is on a way lower scale. I'm actually a very boring person. I don't go out. I don't really do anything. I should be Mother Mary, seriously. I think my life has done a complete 360. Things are just different now. It's a different time. It's a different era."
Because she's so scaled down these days, Brit Brit sometimes finds herself avoiding big crowds. "Oh, I'm so weird," she says. "I get nervous in a lot of situations. Parties, clubs. When there are a lot of people around, I'm a weird, anxiety-ridden person."
Preferring to spend time with her kids and friends and family with whom she's closest, Spears doesn't often find herself keeping track of downloads, streams, etc. When told how many millions of views her "Make Me" video racked up online, Spears didn't even realize how much of a feat it was. Instead, she prefers to focus on the here and now.
"It's funny, because I don't really listen to my music," she says. "My kids do and my nieces do. I'm about the creative process. I'm in the moment of being creative and then I put it out there. Of course, I sing my songs every night [at her ongoing residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas] and I have to listen to it that way, but I'm all about change. And new. And forthcoming."
She adds, "But, there is a part of me in my music and I hope, for my fans, that they can have that part of me when they hear me on the radio, or buy my CD, or whatever they do."
Britney Spears -- Ends War with Ex-Manager Sam LutfiBritney Spears is ending her own 7 years war with Sam Lutfi ... the ex-manager who accused her of rampant drug abuse and slandering his name -- the case has settled.
Lutfi and Spears reached the settlement agreement late last week ... according to docs obtained by TMZ. Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Britney paid Lutfi "in the low 6 figures," but less than the estimated $500,000 in legal fees it would have cost her to defend the lawsuit.
Lutfi filed the defamation case against Britney and her family back in 2009, claiming the entire Spears clan was bad-mouthing him and blamed him for her downfall ... after she was hospitalized in 2008. Lutfi claimed they were outta line because the real problem was Britney's drug abuse, which he tried to stop.
A judge tossed his case in 2012, but Lutfi appealed and got a second bite of the apple. A trial was set to begin in L.A. next month.
Britney Spears -- Threatens to Sue Mag ... I'm Done Being a Punching BagBritney Spears wants the media to know ... she's going after you if you tell lies about her, and she's starting with In Touch.
TMZ has obtained a scathing letter Britney's lawyer wrote to the honchos at In Touch, warning them not to publish a story they're pushing about Britney allegedly acting erratic at last month's MTV Video Music Awards and "talking and laughing to herself and using a British accent."
According to the letter, the magazine notified Britney's rep the story will run. Britney's lawyer says it is "utterly false, highly defamatory and completely offensive to Ms. Spears."
A source connected with Britney tells TMZ, the singer and her team are sick of "made-up" stories, especially in the face of how hard she's worked to turn her life around. They say if the story runs they will absolutely sue the magazine, adding this will be the first of many lawsuits to stop the lies.
We reached out to In Touch ... so far no comment.
Britney Spears Hopes Her Sons Never Have to Experience Her 'Magnitude' of FameBritney Spears has been in the public eye ever since appearing on The Micky Mouse Club when she was just 12 years old. Although she says she doesn't regret her worldwide fame, she admits that she doesn't want the same for her kids.
During an interview with The Cooper Lawrence Show at 106.1 BLI on Thursday, the "Make Me" singer was asked whether her sons – Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9 – had any dreams of following their mother's path into show business.
"I don't know," Spears says. "I think they think it's cool." Her main concern is that they don't completely understand the implications of life in the spotlight.
"I think the magnitude of [this job] and the fame thing, I don't think they've really comprehended what that would even be like," she continued. "Hopefully they never will, because it's kind of much."
Despite the overwhelming nature of fame, Spears maintains that she has "no regrets" in that department. The 34-year-old singer is closing out an incredible summer with the recent release of her ninth studio album, Glory, which is being hailed as her best work in nearly a decade. Days later, she conquered the stage at the 2016 MTV VMAs for the first time since 2007.
Britney Spears Isn't Exempt From "Awkward" Dates: "Being Famous Doesn't Make You Any Different"Picture yourself on a one-on-one date with Britney Spears.
From her long catalogue of smash-hit singles to her career in the spotlight, there certainly would be so much to talk about. Seriously, we could picture this meeting going on for hours.
But in the new issue of Marie Claire UK, the pop superstar admits that her celebrity status can't prevent her from experiencing a few no-so-hot dates.
"I had a really bad date. I mean, it was bad. I've been single for ages and had a date with a guy I liked. I was getting anxious, worrying he wouldn't like me," she shared with the publication. "We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn't working. It was sort of awkward."
Britney continued, "So after the movie I came home and that was it. It just didn't work…He just wasn't that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn't feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn't make you any different."
Speaking of feeling a little on the anxious side, the Las Vegas performer confessed to the magazine that moving to Los Angeles was an adjustment personally and professionally.
"Southern girls can be very hard on themselves because you are expected to act in a certain way, you are expected to please people," Britney explained. "And then I moved to Los Angeles when I was very young. I was so under scrutiny. If a hair was out of place, I'd be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things."
Today, Britney is "feeling good" about being single and isn't focused entirely on looks. She proclaims that her boys don't judge her because they "don't care if everything isn't perfect."
And she's also celebrating the success of her new album Glory. After performing at the 2016 MTV VMAs, the "Circus" singer was asked about forming her own girl group. We kind of love her picks.
"I think it would be me, Rihanna, and Kate Hudson," she shared on The New 92.3 AMP Radio. We support this 100 percent.
To read Britney's feature in full, see the October issue of Marie Claire out today. The issue is also available as a digital edition through Apple Newsstand.
Britney Spears Opens Up About Why She's Nervous to Perform at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards After a Decade AwayIn case you missed, it Britney Spearswill make her MTV Video Music Awards comeback for the first time in 10 years.
And a lot has been made of the pop sensation's highly-anticipated return to the VMAs stage. Will she rock her iconic red leather jumpsuit à la "Oops I Did It Again?" Can we expect a onstage smooch from none other than Madonnaand Christina Aguilera?
But most importantly, how does Brit Brit herself feel about finally reviving her status as the queen of the VMAs? The "Make Me" songstress stopped by the Cubby and Carolina In The Morning radio show on Friday to dish all things leading up to her big performance on Sunday evening.
"I think there's something in the air with the VMAs. It's like electric. I can't really explain it," Spears admitted.
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'Britney Spears Will Not Be Contributing in Any Way, Shape or Form to The Lifetime Biopic' Says RepBritney Spears' remarkable life story is getting the Lifetime treatment.
The network announced Wednesday that a Spears biopic currently titled Britney is on the way, tracking the pop star's ascent from her Louisiana upbringing, to stardom, to the rocky late 2000s.
Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) will play the pop princess in the two-hour film.
Spears will not be contributing to the project "in any way, shape or form… nor does it have her blessing," Spears' said in a statement to PEOPLE and EW.
Spears has worked in entertainment since the early '90s and broke out musically with …Baby One More Time in 1999. She achieved massive popularity, but endured massive tabloid attention for her relationship with *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake, her short-lived marriage to a childhood friend, and her eventual nuptials to dancer Kevin Federline, and her personal struggles, all before rising back.
The Lifetime announcement comes just two days before the release of Spears' ninth studio album, Glory. She will also perform at Sunday's MTV VMAs. The show's executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, is thrilled for what Spears has in store. "To have her in such great form with a huge hit, she's super relevant and current – I think the young people watching MTV now are as connected to her as they were back in the TRL days," he told EW.
The project will be directed by Leslie Libman (Manson’s Lost Girls), written by Anne-Marie Hess, and produced by Asylum Entertainment. Production begins in September. Britney is due in 2017.
Britney Spears Biopic Coming to Lifetime in 2017Lifetime wants a piece of Britney Spears.
The network has tapped Natasha Bassett (Rake) to play the Princess of Pop in a biopic simply titled Britney. The made-for-TV movie will document the many ups and downs of Spears’ career, including her high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake, her multiple failed marriages and, of course, her infamous fall from grace. (In other words, brace yourselves for a super dramatic head-shaving montage.)
Here’s the film’s official description, per Lifetime:
Britney Jean Spears was just a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene when her talent became undeniable to all those around her. While handlers soon began planning her every move, Britney found solace with fellow pop singer Justin Timberlake. Tragically, as Britney’s star continued to shine, her private life crumbled after the divorce of her parents and her tabloid breakup with Justin. Her personal behavior soon eclipsed her pop icon success as a quickie marriage to childhood friend and later, an ill-fated marriage to dancer Kevin Federline, became the talk of the world. With her life spiraling out of control, Britney hit rock bottom, lost custody of her sons and was placed under her father’s conservatorship. But despite her past troubles, Britney has battled back to rebuild her career to its former glory, proving to everyone that she’s a timeless force in entertainment.
Anne-Marie Hess (Perfect High) is writing the script, with Leslie Libman (NCIS, The Vampire Diaries) on board to direct. Britney, an Asylum Entertainment production, begins filming next month in Vancouver and is expected to premiere in 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Britney Spears almost drowned in HawaiiBritney Spears has revealed she almost met a terrifying end this month after going swimming in the sea.
The superstar was on holiday in Hawaii when she got dragged under water by “six-foot waves” which had her frantically fighting for life.
She said: “I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, and I was like, ‘This is so nice and refreshing and just beautiful.’
“But the thing I didn’t think about is when you come back, the waves really come in hard.
“I got sucked under for like five minutes. I almost drowned. And I’m like, ‘Where is my security? They’re just going to let me die here’.
“And then I came in again and another wave took me under.”
With her long-awaited ninth album “Glory” released this Friday, Britney said the one bit of advice she would give her younger self would be to avoid both her 55-hour first marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander and her three-year romance with second husband Kevin Federline.
She said: “Never get married, number one. That’s probably the best advice I could give myself.”
Britney is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. Glory is 12 tracks long and features her amazing new single, Make Me?.?.?.? featuring rapper G-Eazy.
But don’t expect any other collaborations, as she claims most other singers’ egos make it too difficult to work together.
In an interview with Scott Mills — which you can hear on his Radio 1 show from 1pm to 4pm today — she said: “A lot of the people in the entertainment business, if you try to work with them or set up projects, a lot of times people just don’t show up.
“A lot of people are divas in this industry. It’s hard.”
But one person she does respect is Justin Bieber — even though she had no idea who he was when they were introduced six years ago when he was a teenager.
She said: “He walked into my hotel room and he was like a kid. Literally he looked like he was 13 years old but he was 16.
“And I was like, ‘Who is this kid in my hotel?’
“And my sister was like, ‘This is Justin Bieber and his mother’. And I was like, ‘Oh my God, I cannot believe this’. He’s very unassuming. He’s a very, very nice, kind boy.
Britney is now the bookies’ favorite to headline the 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, after I revealed that Adele had turned it down.
She said: “Yes. I would probably do that. I would have to have a little support group, another artist of course. I don’t think you would ever do the Super Bowl alone. That would be kind of scary.”
If she does it, it will be an incredible way to celebrate her illustrious career on the 20th anniversary of her album deal with Jive Records in 1997.
Britney is the ultimate pop star and after almost three years of her Las Vegas residency, she would be bound to put on a show that no one could forget.
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Britney Spears Raising Money for Louisiana Flood VictimsBritney Spears is calling on her fans to help Louisiana residents affected by the the state's devastating flooding.
The pop star has teamed with the American Red Cross and fundraising website Crowd Rise to raise money to support flood victims, offering a chance to win her outfit from her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards or a flight to New York to attend the show and meet her in person. Each $10 donation is an entry to win.
Ten days ago deadly flooding hit southeastern Louisiana around Baton Rouge and is being called the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. As of Monday (Aug. 22) morning, according to ABC News, the floods have damaged more than 60,700 homes and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance. At least 13 people have been killed in the flooding.
Spears grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana, and on Twitter asked her fans to support her home state in this time of need.
Britney Spears to perform new song at MTV Video Music AwardsBritney Spears, who has been behind some of the racier moments of the MTV Video Music Awards, will return for the latest edition on August 28 with a new song.
The former teen idol will present the live debut of her steamy track "Make Me..." alongside rapper G-Eazy, the network said.
Spears on Tuesday announced the upcoming performance in a video on social media with references to her past VMA performances as a python slithered through her dressing room.
She was alluding to one of her past appearances at the VMAs in 2001 when she sang "Slave 4 You" with a snake around her body.
Most famously, Spears stunned the 2003 VMAs by locking lips with Madonna.
Spears was one of the top artists of the late 1990s but her messy personal life contributed to her spectacular career fall.
She will perform at the VMAs two days after releasing "Glory," her first album since 2013, which features "Make Me..."
The VMAs, which take place this year at New York's Madison Square Garden, is the signature annual music extravaganza of MTV, which reaches more than 170 countries on 60 channels.
MTV earlier announced that Rihanna would also perform as she accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, given to artists for career contributions to pop culture.
Beyonce has the most nominations at the VMAs amid acclaim for her album and intertwining film "Lemonade" and the politically charged video for her track "Formation."
BRITNEY SPEARS TO RIDE ALONG WITH JAMES CORDEN FOR CARPOOL KARAOKEPop superstar Britney Spears will be a passenger in James Corden’s next Carpool Karaoke segment on THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, Thursday, Aug. 25 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Spears is set to release her ninth studio album, Glory, on August 26 via RCA Records. A multi-platinum Grammy Award winner, Spears is one of the most successful entertainers in pop history, with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. Her musical career boasts numerous awards and accolades, including six Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Millennium Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry, as well as an American Music Award and the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award. Spears has had six No. 1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — five of which went to No. 1. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005. Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” and “Best Bachelorette Show in Las Vegas.”
Each week night, James Corden invites the audience to join in on the fun as the Emmy Award-nominated THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show’s post-Super Bowl broadcast delivered the highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN has quickly become known for generating buzzworthy viral videos. The show holds the YouTube record for the most watched late night clip with “Adele Carpool Karaoke,” which has 121 million views. The show’s YouTube Channel has amassed more than 1.5 billion total views and nearly 7 million subscribers since the show’s premiere on March 23, 2015.
THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN airs weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.
Britney Spears Confirmed For ‘Carpool Karaoke’Britney Spears will ride along with James Corden for some Carpool Karaoke, CBS confirmed this morning during the network’s executive session at TCA. The pop star is set for The Late Late Show segment on Thursday, August 25, a day before her ninth studio album Glory is released on August 26 via RCA Records.
A multi-platinum Grammy Award winner, Spears has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide. She has had six No. 1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — five of which went to No. 1. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.
Corden’s Late Late Show holds the YouTube record for the most watched late night clip with “Adele Carpool Karaoke,” which has 121 million views. The show’s YouTube Channel has amassed more than 1.5 billion total views and nearly 7 million subscribers since the show’s premiere on March 23, 2015.
In All Her Topless Glory! Britney Spears Shares Bikini Photo on Her Tropical Getaway(Pic) Britney Spears is living the "dream" in paradise.
The star took to her Instagram on Saturday to share a photo of herself on her tropical getaway. In the photo, the 34-year-old showed a topless shot (but SFW!) of herself on a boat in tiny white bikini bottoms.
"Still dreaming a mile a minute," Spears wrote in the post, echoing a previous Instagram in which she announced the release of the steamy music video for her latest release, "Make Me."
Her many bikini-clad posts while on vacation with her sons, 10-year-old Sean and 9-year-old Jayden Federline, have come in the wake of her new album announcement. Her ninth album, Glory is set to be released Aug. 26.
"#Glory. My new album & the beginning of a new era. Available 8/26 on @AppleMusic. Pre-order tonight at midnight ET," Spears, 34, tweeted alongside the forthcoming LP's album art.
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Britney Spears set for ‘Carpool Karaoke’Britney Spears will put her karaoke skills to the test on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” this month.
An insider tells us the “Toxic” singer is the latest performer to join Corden in his car to belt out jams for his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment.
Spears will follow in the footsteps of Michelle Obama, Gwen Stefani, Adele and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to do the segment.
We’re told her team’s working overtime to get her new album, “Glory,” to debut at No. 1 when it’s released on Aug. 26.
Britney Spears, By the Numbers: On the Billboard Charts & BeyondAs Britney Spears prepares to release her ninth studio album, Glory, on Aug. 26, it’s an appropriate time to look back on her chart-topping Billboard history. The diva has amassed an incredible string of hit singles and albums, stretching back to her 1998 debut smash “…Baby One More Time” through her current single, “Make Me.”
Here’s a look at Spears’ stellar run on the charts:
70 Million in U.S. Sales: In the U.S. alone, Spears has sold more than 70 million albums, singles and digital songs, according to Nielsen Music. Her biggest-selling album is her debut effort, …Baby One More Time, with 10.6 million copies sold.
Six No. 1 Albums: The pop princess has scored six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart -- all of which debuted in the top slot. All eight of her studio efforts have reached the top five on the chart. She’s additionally charted a top 10 set with the best-of package Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (peaking at No. 4 in 2004).
34 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100: Starting with her debut single, 1998’s “…Baby One More Time,” through her latest entry “Make Me,” the entertainer has notched 34 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “…Baby One More Time” flew straight to No. 1 -- her first of five leaders on the tally. She also topped the list with “Womanizer,” “3,” “Hold It Against Me” and her collaboration with Rihanna, “S&M.”
15 Top 10s on Pop Songs: Spears has been a staple of top 40-formatted radio stations for her entire career, and she has the Pop Songs track record to prove it. Among her top 10s are six No. 1s: “…Baby One More Time” (No. 1 for five weeks), “Oops!… I Did It Again” (three weeks), “Toxic” (four weeks), “Womanizer” (two weeks), “Circus” (one week) and “I Wanna Go” (one week).
9 No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs Chart: It’s appropriate that the singer -- who is a force in both pop and dance music -- has claimed nine No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs chart. She’s led the list with such tracks as “Gimme More,” “Piece of Me,” “Break the Ice,” “Till the World Ends” and “Pretty Girls” (with Iggy Azalea).
7 Billboard Music Awards: Before Spears was honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, she took home six trophies at earlier ceremonies, including female artist of the year in 1999.
Vegas, Baby! Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, has played to more than 590,000 attendees and grossed over $85 million, as reported to Billboard Boxscore. So far, 163 concerts in the long-running show have been reported, from its opening night on Dec. 27, 2013 through July 13, 2016. The show has scheduled performances through February 2017.
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Britney Spears promises 'new era' with latest albumBritney Spears, who soared to stardom as a teen idol before a highly public fall, is releasing an album one more time.
Spears announced Wednesday that her ninth album, "Glory," will come out on August 26.
"My new album and the beginning of a new era," Spears wrote on Twitter.
Spears last month released a first song, "Make Me...," a steamy track with a touch of tropical house music and a contribution by the rapper G-Eazy.
"Glory" will be Spears' first album since 2013's "Britney Jean," which largely kept her signature pop sound and was her lowest-charting album to date.
The former child star became one of the top-selling artists of the late 1990s with tracks such as "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again," whose clean-cut pop production belied the undertones of uninhibited teenage sexuality.
But her messy personal life quickly eclipsed her music career. She had a highly public breakup with fellow star Justin Timberlake, married twice in 2005 alone and was caught on camera nearly dropping one of her two children off her lap while driving.
But the now 34-year-old has found more stability with a residency show in Las Vegas, which debuted in late 2013.
Britney Spears Announces New Album Glory(Cover) Britney Spears got to "Work" – and the wait for her new album is almost over.
On Wednesday, the pop star, 34, announced that her ninth album, Glory, will be released on Aug 26.
"#Glory. My new album & the beginning of a new era. Available 8/26 on @AppleMusic. Pre-order tonight at midnight ET," Spears, 34, tweeted alongside the forthcoming LP's album art.
Spears' new record is just the latest feat in her ongoing comeback tour. Following a show-stopping medley of hits at the Billboard Music Awards – where she took home the Millennium award – in May, the performer released her latest single, the G-Eazy collaboration "Make Me," last month.
"My sister is in a badass place right now," Spears' younger sibling, country singer Jamie Lynn Spears, told PEOPLE in June. "I think we need to focus on what an amazing place everyone is in, especially her. She's kicking ass right now!"
Aside from last year's Iggy Azalea duet ''Pretty Girls'' and a Smurfs 2 soundtrack contribution ("Ooh La La"), Spears hasn't released new tunes since her 2013 album Britney Jean, which generated the smash hit "Work Bitch."
In addition to her ever-growing fragrance empire, Spears keeps busy with her Las Vegas residency, Piece of Me, at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater when she's not spending quality time with her two sons, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.
Kicking off her promotion cycle for Glory, Spears will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night in a taped segment in which – like Rihanna did earlier this year – she'll crash the late-night host's bedroom while he's asleep.
Britney Spears Might Be Ready to Find Love Again, Despite History of ''Horrible Relationships''Britney Spears may have a rocky history when it comes to romance, but that's not stopping her from continuing on in her quest for love.
The 34-year-old singer sat down with Australian radio show Rove & Sam on Hit 104.1 this week and explained, "Unfortunately I am...I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
She admitted that she's been through the ringer of "horrible relationships," and while she may be a bit more reserved due to that, she still believes she'll find the one.
"I still believe in love and that sort of thing," she said. "But, I think you should protect your heart and stuff like that. But yeah I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
So what kind of person would make the Princess of Pop fall again? Another hopeless romantic!
"I like cheesy," she said, revealing she still loves a good ol' love song mixtape. "I think cheesy is so sweet and nice."
Brit didn't harp on her previous relationships, but due to her major celebrity status, we've seen all the twists and turns of her love life.
She fell in love for the first time in the spotlight with Justin Timberlake, but after a few years together, the pair broke things off. While she dated several celebrities after that—and even found herself in one 55-hour marriage— her most serious relationship came when she dated and then married backup dancer Kevin Federline in 2004.
The couple had two sons together, Sean Preston and Jayden James, but ended up getting divorced three years later.
Her next serious relationship was with former agent Jason Trawick. They dated from 2009 to 2013, ending their engagement because they "wanted different things."
BritBrit went on to date David Lucado, a bartender from Thousand Oaks, Calif., who reportedly cheated on her. They ended their relationship after a year.
Finally, the Princess of Pop's last relationship was with producer Charlie Ebersol. They lasted 8 months, splitting up in June 2015.
Britney Spears Is 'Unfortunately' a Hopeless Romantic, Despite 'Horrible' Past RelationshipsBritney Spears is still looking for love, and truly believes she'll find it.
"Unfortunately, I am [a hopeless romantic]," she revealed to Australian radio show Rove and Sam on Hit 104.1. "I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
The "Make Me" singer admitted that she's "been through horrible relationships," without delving into a detailed romantic history, which has included a Vegas wedding and broken engagement.
The 34-year-old and childhood friend Jason Alexander tied the knot at a Vegas wedding chapel in 2004. The marriage lasted a scant 55 hours.
Later that year, Spears married backup dancer Kevin Federline. The couple welcomed sons Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9, before splitting in November 2006.
Spears has since been engaged to Jason Trawick, and found brief romance with producer Charlie Ebersol in 2015.
"I still believe in love and that sort of thing," she said. "But, I think you should protect your heart and stuff like that."
So what's the key to Spears' heart? Old-fashioned wooing, she says, giving her approval to even a love song mixtape.
"I like cheesy," she said. "I think cheesy is so sweet and nice."
Spears, who is currently still headlining her own Vegas show, told PEOPLE last year that she wants to get married again, admitting, "I believe in the fairy tale."
Britney Spears Opens Up About Her 20th Fragrance and Her Favorite Food to Cook with Her Sons (Cue All the Feels)This is the story about a girl named…Britney. In 2004, she launched her first fragrance, Curious. The next year came her follow-up, Fantasy, for which there have been more than a dozen remixes from the artist, including an after-hours adaptation (Midnight Fantasy), as well as Naughty and Nice interpretations and yes, even Anniversary and Intimate Editions (as if the aforementioned Midnight version wasn’t sensual enough). From 2010 to 2011 the star went through a reflective phase, so to speak, releasing Radiance and Cosmic Radiance back-to-back. And let us never forget Believe, promoted with the powerful tagline: “The greatest freedom is to believe in yourself.”
All in all, Spears has created 19 scents ranging from sweet to grown and sexy. (The complete list more delightfully dizzying than spraying all of them at once, we’re certain.) And like her music catalogue, her fragrance library is full of hits — the debut alone has reportedly sold over 500 million bottles in a decade on shelves. And now:
It’s Britney’s 20th fragrance, b—-!
Private Show, inspired by Spears’ adoration of dance and stage, is “really unique and special,” she tells PeopleStyle. Given the scent’s influence, it was only fitting she announced the release in the midst of her Las Vegas residency in June.
To celebrate the epic achievement, Spears filled in our burning questions about beauty, all those bathing suit selfies and her beloved boys, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.
My favorite note in this new scent is…“The coffee note because iced coffee is my go-to drink before a long day of rehearsals.”
My biggest beauty splurge is…“A Facial. I love a great Oxygen facial.”
My favorite discovery in a Las Vegas casino is…“A dark chocolate & sea salt candy bar.”
My guilty pleasure food, even when I’m prepping for my Piece of Me performances, is…“Crawfish because it reminds me of home.”
Of all the looks I’ve worn over the years, the one I’ll keep forever is…“‘…Baby One More Time’ because it’s what really started it all.”
I love to show my swimsuits off because…“I’m a lover of water.”
My most treasured item is…“My boys! Self-explanatory.”
My favorite food to cook with my sons is…“Probably tacos. They are just simple, fun and they love them.”
The best compliment that my sons have ever given me is…“That they love me.”
The best thing about being 34 is…“Everything.”
U2, Drake, Britney Spears to perform at iHeartRadio festivalU2, Drake, Britney Spears and Sting will perform at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
Sia, Billy Idol, Ariana Grande, Usher, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line will also perform during the two-day event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 23-24, iHeartMedia announced Monday.
Tickets go on sale Saturday. Pitbull, Zedd, twenty one pilots, OneRepublic, Cage the Elephant and Tears for Fears will also perform on the main stage.
The festival will also include its daytime performances, dubbed Daytime Village, at the Las Vegas Village. It will feature Sam Hunt, Panic! at the Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih and Bryson Tiller.
The CW Network will air a two-day televised special on Oct. 6-7.
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Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to LifeJennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
The all-star release, "Hands" -- a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD -- was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani. The June 12 slaughter at the gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the most deadly mass shooting in American history and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community. Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.
"Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared," says Tranter, 36, who has raised money and awareness for LGBT causes since coming out at age 14.
"Hands" arrives tonight on iTunes. Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
The idea for the all-star project came together one day after the shooting.
L.A.-based Tranter and songwriting partner Julia Michaels had been on the road with Gomez writing songs aboard her tour bus in Miami the weekend of June 11 when news of the bloodshed prompted Tranter to switch course. That afternoon he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region's chief LGBT community center.
"I called them and said, 'If I fly up is there something for me to help with?'" he tells Billboard. "They say, 'We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'"
"Hands" took hold the next day when Tranter met GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis who had arrived at the center from New York.
Beyond their immediate efforts -- distributing food and water and GLAAD's work with media -- both were looking to make contributions that would have ongoing benefits. They point out that the massacre was also a profound attack on people of color, as that Saturday evening had been a popular "Latin Night" at Pulse. Most of the victims were of Latin heritage and Ellis says she does not want that point forgotten.
"When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here," she says, "and that's important because we have to be able to identify what's driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful."
Aligning with Interscope for the release, Tranter, GLAAD and Interscope president of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck put the word out that a fundraiser was in the works. Within days artists from all spheres of the business had lined up -- also among them Halsey, Ty Herndon, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess and RuPaul -- all recording separately from their homes, local studios, touring locations or wherever they happened to be at that moment.
"We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice," Tranter says, "and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals."
In Los Angeles "Interscope let us use their studio," he notes. "Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done."
Another goal of the record, according to GLAAD, is to fund educational programs.
"This was an American guy who was born in Queens," Ellis says of the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed by police after a three hour stand-off. "He learned that hate here in America. This happened on American soil, against a particular community."
While politicians and lobbyists have focused in recent weeks on Islamic terror and familiar narratives about gun ownership, Ellis, Tranter and others in the LGBT community want people to remember that this was a hate crime.
"I'm not educated enough to speak on the political details," Tranter says. I'm a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color."
"Hands" grew out of an unfinished piece that Tranter, Michaels and co-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds) had been working on and then shelved.
"The song didn't ever finish itself and it didn't ever feel right," Tranter says of their initial efforts. "Now we know why."
Mark Ronson also co-produced, while vocal engineer Benjamin Rice finessed the disparate tracks: "He helped us find the structure and make sense of it all."
Warner/Chappell publishing executive Katie Vinten brought in numerous artists, among them P!nk, whom Tranter calls "a lifesaver," adding, "Her vocal on the chorus is like from heaven directly."
Spears opens the song with the plaintive line, "Can hold a gun or a hold a heart." RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying "take my hand baby."
The songwriters had no specific plan as they entered the studio -- only that they didn't want the piece "to ever sound dated."
"We didn't want to have any trendy electronic elements," Tranter notes. "We wanted it to sound classic, timeless and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come."
Download "Hands" here at iTunes and stream the song here.
By Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and BloodPop
Can hold a gun
Skin and bones
Cus they can hurt
I've been watching news
They can hurt
If a million hands can build a wall
Can hold a gun
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That Time Britney Spears Wanted a Selfie With Ed O'Neill and He Had No Idea It Was HerEd O'Neill has likely taken hundreds of selfies with young, starstruck, blond fans. It just so happened that, unbeknownst to O'Neill at the time, one of those fans was Britney Spears.
"I didn't know it was her," the Modern Family star told Ellen DeGeneres about the only-could-happen-to-a-sitcom-legend moment in an interview airing on Monday's Ellen.
The moment happened at LAX as O'Neill was waiting to board a flight to Hawaii. "She came up and said oh Mr. O'Neill I love Modern Family," he recalled. You're my favorite on the show. And I was like, 'Well I'm here, I'm the only one here'...you know."
After sufficiently fawning over the actor, Spears secured the photo her inner fan-girl so desperately wanted.
Luckily, that wasn't the end of it. Spears of course tweeted the photo of herself with O'Neill, captioning it, "Fancy running into this guy! Such a sweetheart!!"
In the pic the smiling Spears is sitting next to a cross-legged O'Neill, who was sporting a Modern Family headband. If only Britney had been wearing such identifiable gear!
It wasn't until the next day that O'Neill realized his oversight. The 70-year-old actor told DeGeneres, "My manager texts me and goes, 'What is this? 53,000 likes. It's Britney Spears'… I mean. Look at the look on my face. Do I look like I'm sitting with Britney Spears?"
He does look decidedly not thrilled—but what a story!
Additionally, Ed and Ellen spoke on their respective roles in the hotly anticipated Finding Dory, out in theaters June 17.
The voices of Hank and Dory, respectively, agreed that the film had been a roughly three-year effort.
"You make $9.00 as well, right?" Ellen teased.
The actor replied, "I make $8.50."
She countered, "$8.50… well, I'm the star, so $9.00 an hour," sending the crowd into hysterics.
Britney Spears Reveals Secret to Her Hot Body—and Her Cheat Foods!Britney Spears is looking hotter than ever.
Did you see her bod when she performed on the Billboard Music Awards? How about the bikini shots she's always posting on Instagram? And then there are her barely there outfits in the music video for her upcoming new single "Make Me"!
"I run a lot, I swim a lot and I dance a lot, too," the pop megastar and mother of two told me during E! News' exclusive "Make Me" video set visit. "We had three hours of rehearsal yesterday."
But that doesn't mean she doesn't indulge in some cheat foods. "Tacos, pizza and ice cream," Spears, 34, beamed. "I love sweets. I love Oreo Blasts—they're the best!" (Brit may have been referring to Dairy Queen's Oreo Blizzard—but no matter, because an Oreo treat by any other name tastes as sweet.)
Just yesterday, Spears posted a video on Instagram showing her and her manager Larry Rudolph doing 30 pushups. In an Instagram pic last week with her hunky shirtless dancers, the "Toxic" singer dons a strappy leather S&M-like number. In another, with her "Make Me" collaborator G-Eazy," Brit wears a genie-inspired piece reminiscent of her "I'm a Slave 4 U" outfit.
When we chatted, she was wearing a nude bodysuit with a black lace overlay and thigh-high boots.
Brit joked, "This is just what I'm wearing to go eat lunch."
"Make Me" is expected to be released next month followed by Britney's new "chill" album dropping in the fall.
Britney Spears Teases New Album, Shoots Music Video With G-EazyBritney Spears is ready to give birth—to her new album.
"It's very exciting," the pop music megastar told me earlier today. "I've been working on this project for a year and a half now, almost two years so it really means a lot to me. It's my baby."
What should we expect? "It's a little melodic, a little more not so poppy," Brit said of what will be her ninth studio album. "It's kind of chill. Very chill."
I caught up with Spears exclusively on the set of her music video for the album's first single, "Make Me (Oooh)," a collaboration with rapper G-Eazy.
Directed by David LaChapelle, expect to see lots of skin. In a pic that Spears posted on Instagram of her and G-Eazy, she showed off her killer body in a barely there ensemble.
When we chatted, Spears, 34, was wearing a nude bodysuit with a black lace overlay and thigh-high boots. "This is just what I'm wearing to go eat lunch," she joked.
"Make Me (Oooh)" will likely drop next month followed by the full album in the fall.
Spears recently wowed her fans by performing a medley of her hits at the Billboard Music Awards. Later in the show, she was presented with the Billboard Millennium Award.
The singer's playlist these days may not be what you'd expect. "I'm old school. I like classic rock," she said. "I like The Rolling Stones. The Lumineers are really cool. Sade is nice. I like 80s music, too."
Can we just back up for a second and suggest that Spears collaborate with Mick Jagger?
Start me up, indeed! (Spears did include her rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on her second studio album.)
Here's the First Look Inside Britney Spears' New ''American Dream'' Mobile Game(Pic) This is Britney Spears like we've never seen her!
The pop star shared a photo of her new mobile game on Twitter earlier today, giving fans a glimpse inside what they can expect from Glu's latest endeavor, Britney Spears: American Dream.
The "Toxic" singer posted her avatar alongside the teaser caption, "Coming soon…"
The 34-year-old appears to be wearing the same black suit that she wore when she was presented with the key to the city of Las Vegas back in November 2014, shortly before her residency began in Sin City.
The game was exclusively previewed on Google Play earlier today, after being soft launched in New Zealand and other parts of the globe for several months now, and is already a surefire hit with Spears' legions of fans everywhere.
And while there's no official release date just yet, Spears' fans can pre-register for the real deal by May 16.
Brit Brit follows in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian, who have all launched successful mobile games with the mobile developer.
Britney Spears Pens Emotional Mother's Day Letter to Her Two Sons: "I Pray You Find Your Dreams"Britney Spears is starting the Mother's Day celebrations early!
Instead of being showered with love from Jayden and Preston, the singer has decided to pen an emotional letter dedicated to her two special boys.
"You are my masterpieces. From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core," she wrote in a post published on Time magazine's website. "Such a gift God has given me, exploring in your beautiful worlds every day. I pray as a mother I teach you strength and passion to carry through the struggles in the world. Most battles will always be won on your knees. I pray you find your dreams."
She continued, "God always comes to us in tiny whispers. I pray you always find his whisper and understand the true meaning behind following your inner voice as well."
Fans of the singer have been able to witness the bond between Britney and her sons on social media.
Whether enjoying no homework days close to home or soaking up the sun far away on vacation, this family appears to make the most of their time together.
And as Britney prepares to receive the Millennium Award at the 2016 Billboard Awards, the Las Vegas performer hopes her boys can accomplish whatever dreams they will develop.
"Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible. I pray dreaming awakens your soul to limitless possibilities. I hope the most precious mysteries of life stay with you always and you are never ashamed of how bright your light truly is," Britney shared. "I hope you learn praying alone is when you are most connected to God, and know you are never alone. He is with you always."
She concluded, "I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life."
Britney Spears: Appeals Court Says ... She Was a Drug AbuserBritney Spears not only had mental issues that landed her in a psych ward ... she was a drug abuser ... so says the California Court of Appeals.
It's pretty shocking, but new legal docs filed by Britney's own team include a 2015 decision by the appeals court which lays out Britney's struggles back in 2007 - 2008 in graphic detail.
The trigger for the new docs is an impending deposition in a case that squares Britney against her former friend and manager Sam Lutfi. Lutfi's team is about to take Britney's deposition, and her people filed a motion to keep him out of the room. The docs Britney's people filed included the 2015 decision.
The Court of Appeals chronicled the drama between Britney and Sam. The judges say when Britney and Sam met in 2007 her life was in turmoil. She was involved in a divorce, a custody battle and estranged from her parents. The judges add, "In addition, she was struggling with drug abuse."
The judges say Sam advised Britney about "the importance of getting clean." Britney's family claims Sam was actually the one who fueled her with drugs.
According to the judges, Britney asked Sam to manage her, and he accepted with 2 conditions -- she'd let him assemble a team, and she'd stop abusing drugs. He also insisted on the right to use drug sniffing dogs to make sure she stayed clean.
The judges say despite Britney's promises, she continued to abuse drugs. It got so dire at one point Britney ended up sleeping in a parking lot. That also happens to be the day she lost custody of her 2 kids.
The good news ... after Britney's dad, Jamie, won a conservatorship, she stabilized and has become extremely productive in her career and she's become an attentive, caring parent.
Britney Spears selling $9M Mediterranean mansionBritney Spears is swapping her estates in Thousand Oaks, CA. Just months after purchasing a $7.4 million Italian-style villa in the mountainside California community, the chanteuse listed her former five-bedroom home for $9 million.
Built in 2010, the estate mixes modern and Spanish styles. Marble enthusiasts will adore the all-white kitchen, which has two islands that could take up most of a city block. The copper chandelier adds a hint of old-world style to the contemporary home. And with a long hallway-style pantry, buyers can stow away enough food to feed a small army.
It wouldn’t be a Spears’ home without entertainment options galore. You can choose from a movie in the plush theater (with white carpets, of course) or a round of pingpong in the game room.
The highlight of the near-acre lot is the infinity pool, which offers jaw-dropping, 180-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains—along with plenty of poolside loungers if you’re eager for a tan without taking a dip.
Britney Spears Enjoys a Spa Day With Sister Jamie Lynn In Hawaii(Pic) Sisters that spa together!
Britney Spears and younger sister Jamie Lynn enjoyed a relaxing day of massages and pampering on Wednesday.
"Best spa day with the best little sister," Spears, 34, sweetly captioned a photo of the both of them wearing white robes while standing near a massage bed.
The "Oops I Did It Again" singer has been vacationing with her family – including sons Sean, 10, and Jayden, 9 – in Hawaii for the past couple of days.
Spears kicked off her sunny getaway by posing in her tiny, blue bikini, all while showcasing her stellar abs.
The "Work Bitch" singer is currently taking advantage of the time off she has from her Las Vegas show Piece of Me, which she revamped with new costumes, choreography and an updated set list earlier this year.
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