Britney Spears’ father Jamie has defended the singer’s controversial conservatorship as a “great tool” to “protect” her and her children.
Last year, Britney was freed from the 13-year statutory rule that controlled most of her private and personal life after a judge ended the conservatory in November 2021.
Two months before the verdict, Jamie resigned as curator of his daughter’s estate. This was after Britney appeared in court and spoke about what it was like to live under the conservatory for the first time.
The “Oops I Did It Again” hitmaker called for conservatory officials “to be jailed” and said she “deserves the same rights as everyone else.”
In a new interview, Jamie said the conservatory saved his estranged daughter’s life, helped her regain control of her finances and landed partial custody of her sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
In conversation with the post on Sunday, said the 70-year-old: “Not everyone will agree with me. It was a damn good time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be now without that conservatorship? And I don’t know if she would still be alive. I don’t
“To protect them and the children as well, the conservatory was a great tool. I don’t think she would have gotten the kids back without her.”
Jamie also said Britney was “broke” when she was placed under the Conservatory in 2008 and denied the Grammy winner was worth $50million (£41million) at the time.
He said: “She was broke. She had no money at all. The conservatory identified a resource where she could come back financially.
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“And, you know, we’ve been working — and she’s been working — and she’s been on track financially.”
Jamie told the outlet he understands that conservatories could “help someone get their life back and get back into society and be able to live normally.”
“I want to say that I made a difference,” he added. “There were a couple of people behind me who really helped bring it to a point where we could help her.”
The Independent has reached out to Britney’s rep for comment.
The public movement to free the pop star from the conservatory, which many felt was abusive and severely curtailed her personal liberties, gained significant momentum in 2019.
Jamie has previously dismissed #FreeBritney as a “conspiracy theory” and a “joke.”
The movement grew in 2021 following the release of the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears.
A full history of the conservatory can be found here.
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