Jamie Spears comes out of his silence. Britney Spears’ father responds to attacks from fans of the singer, mobilized against the tutelage of which she is the subject. The 68-year-old man takes the floor to defend this legal decision, described as abusive by the admirers of the star.
“All these conspirators know nothing”, he argues in Page Six. “The world has no idea what’s going on. It’s up to the California courts to decide what’s best for my daughter, and no one else.”
This guardianship was put in place in 2008, a year after the singer’s mental disorder manifested itself under the paparazzi lenses, when she walked into a living room to shave her own head. According to Variety, this measure allows those close to them to control their expenses and certain aspects of their daily life. Jamie Spears was its manager until 2019, when health issues forced him to hand over to manager Jodi Montgomery, according to TMZ.
“How could I steal anything?”
Britney Spears fans have been particularly engaged in recent weeks by organizing under the slogan #FreeBritney, the prosecution of this guardianship to be reassessed on August 19 before the American justice. Many accuse the family, and especially the father, of taking financial advantage of the situation by keeping a hold on the star’s fortune, estimated at $ 59 million per Business Insider:
“I have to account to the court for every penny I spend each year.” How the hell could I steal anything? “He defends himself in the interview, relayed by the Los Angeles Times. And to continue: “I love my daughter. I love all my children. But this is our business, it is private.”
Harassment and death threats
He also regrets the methods of the singer’s fans, who set up accounts on social networks to denounce the supervision and were demonstrating, at the end of July, in a US court: “Some people are harassed or face death threats. It’s horrible, we don’t want those kinds of fans.”
The outlines of this supervision are blurred, but her detractors assure that it hinders the freedoms of the singer: “Her father forbids her to drive, all her calls and her messages are checked, she does not have the right to vote, to going out with anyone or spending her money without permission. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, he threatens to take her children away from her, “we read on a #FreeBritney petition, signed by more than 100,000 people.
A few days ago, it was Britney Spears’ older brother Bryan who spoke on the subject in an American podcast:
“I think we made the right decision”, he assured, before adding: “She has been surrounded by a team since she was 15 years old, so to what extent the people around her can they disappear or be reduced in number? “.