We’re at the one-week mark since Britney Spears’ internet-breaking statement in court, and it’s still unclear what the ultimate impact will be. On Tuesday afternoon, TMZ published, and then quickly deleted, a story claiming that Britney’s attorney had filed a petition to end the conservatorship. It appears that this was an unfortunate misfire, and despite Britney’s apparent desire for the conservatorship to be terminated, it doesn’t look like any formal paperwork has been filed yet.
So while we wait for any legal progress on the #FreeBritney frontier, all we can do is overanalyze the situation and come up with new theories about WTF went wrong here. Since Britney spoke last week, one of the biggest internet scapegoats has been her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears. While Jamie Lynn’s role in the conservatorship is less prominent than her parents’, many feel that she hasn’t done enough to support her sister, and that her continued silence signaled approval of the toxic situation.
On Monday, Jamie Lynn Spears finally spoke out on the situation in a series of videos posted to her Instagram story. She seemed frustrated by the negative attention she was receiving, and distanced herself from the particulars of Britney’s situation, saying “This situation does not affect me either way, because I am only her sister who’s only concerned about her happiness.” She specified that she’s “made a very conscious choice” to only participate in Britney’s life as her sister and aunt to her two sons, and said “I am not my family.” She added that she thinks Britney should be able to end the conservatorship if she wants to, but basically said she has nothing to do with the whole situation.
So like, okay, Jamie Lynn isn’t involved in the same way her parents or the attorneys are, but is she really that detached from the whole situation? Ehh, not exactly. Actually, legal documents show that Jamie Lynn was quietly added as a trustee for her sister in 2018. Seemingly, this means that if Britney passed away, it would be Jamie Lynn’s responsibility to make sure her money was placed in the trust designated to take care of her children.
That role makes sense, but some Britney fans have taken issue with Jamie Lynn’s claim that she has “nothing to gain” from Britney’s financial situation. Financial disbursement records posted by a fan account on Twitter show that Britney’s funds were used to pay for several of Jamie Lynn’s flights in just a two-month period in 2012, totaling around $2000. Jamie Lynn claimed on Instagram that she’s paid her own bills since she was 10, but apparently that doesn’t extend to seat upgrades on United flights. It’s impossible to know the exact nature of Jamie Lynn’s involvement in this whole situation, but people are skeptical of how she’s portraying her relationship with Britney.
So Jamie Lynn is serving mixed signals, but yesterday, both of Britney’s ex-husbands came out in support of Britney’s quest to end her conservatorship. Kevin Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, shared a statement of support for Britney, saying she “has not been served well by the conservatorship and it’s not consistent with what she wants. I think that she should be able to challenge that. And if it’s what’s best for her, Kevin supports it.” K-Fed and Britney have a complicated history with each other, but Kevin isn’t the biggest fan of Britney’s father either—he still has a restraining order against Jamie stemming from an incident in 2019, when Jamie allegedly got into a physical altercation with his grandson, Sean Preston. Kaplan noted that when it comes to the kids, “the best thing would be for their mom to be healthy and happy. And if either of those things aren’t true, it doesn’t provide the best setting for custody to be exercised.” That lawyer-speak isn’t the most satisfying, but at the end of the day, K-Fed clearly wants Britney to be okay.
In other ex-husband news, Jason Alexander (the one from the 55-hour marriage) shared some passionate words with another fan account. He acknowledged that he’s “really just an outsider in all this,” but said that despite being forced to sign an NDA, he “cannot in good faith stay silent” about what he observed in his time with Britney. He wrote, “Even back in the day we all saw signs of Jamie’s greed. He had his daughter on a tight chain then just like he does now.”
Jason declined to share details, saying it’s not his story to tell, but said that if Britney decides to do an interview or write a book someday, “the things she reveals will be bone chilling to the core.” You just know Oprah is foaming at the mouth right now. But really, when the 55-hour ex who has been the butt of every joke for 17 years feels like he can’t stay silent, you know sh*t is really bad. Is Jason Alexander suddenly kind of iconic?
Aside from these people in her life, Britney Spears has received a massive outpouring of support in the last week, with celebrities like Cher, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera calling for the end of the conservatorship. While the rest of the world is rooting for Britney, hopefully Brit’s attorney is hard at work on the paperwork to request termination of the conservatorship—how long does it take to fill out a form?
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As you probably know by now, the legal battle over Britney Spears’ conservatorship seems to be never-ending, and every few months, we get new updates on the latest developments in this arrangement that has now lasted over a decade. The back-and-forth legal drama can be exceedingly difficult to understand, but overall, it’s clear that Britney is unhappy with the current situation.
This summer, there was a slew of updates. Britney requested that her temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, be made permanent, rather than her father Jamie being reinstated. (Due to health reasons, Jamie stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019, but has remained the conservator of her estate.) Jamie pushed back on this, requesting that he and his former partner Andrew Wallet (who stepped down in March 2019) be returned to their former positions. While Britney said she is fine with the conservatorship being extended until 2021, she and her father disagreed on whether the conservatorship proceedings should be made public, with Britney’s team opposing a motion to seal court documents. And around the same time, we also found out for the first time that Britney’s mother and sister are involved in her financial trust. A lot going on, to say the least, but it didn’t end there.
Since that tumultuous period in August, things have been fairly quiet in regard to Britney’s case, until this week. On Tuesday, Britney’s attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, spoke on her behalf in a court hearing, telling the judge, “my client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” adding that Britney made it clear “she will not perform as long as her father is in charge of her career.” Capping off his statement in a way that really got the fans’ attention, Ingham said “we are really at a crossroads.” The good news? Now I know I’m going to rewatch Crossroads later. The bad news? Literally everything else.
Of course, it’s disappointing for Britney fans to hear that she likely won’t be getting back to music any time soon, but the revelation that she is afraid of her father is alarming. Ingham also added that Britney has not spoken to her father in “a long time.” Britney’s mother Lynne, who is divorced from Jamie, also issued a statement through her attorney, calling Britney and Jamie’s relationship “toxic” (no pun intended, I assume), and saying “it has broken Lynne’s heart that it has come to this point.”
Jamie Spears’ attorney fought back at these claims, blaming the lack of communication on Britney’s attorney, and arguing that there is not “a shred of evidence to support my client’s suspension.” For the time being, Judge Brenda Penny seemed to agree, declining the request to suspend Jamie Spears from his role in the conservatorship. She did, however, agree to “hear further arguments for his suspension or removal,” which Britney’s attorney said he would provide. Basically, this fight isn’t over yet.
But despite Jamie Spears remaining in his role in the conservatorship, there was one silver lining in the judge’s rulings this week. Previously, Britney had requested that corporate fiduciary Bessemer Trust be named a co-conservator in her finances, and that request was approved this week. For now, they’ll have to try to cooperate with Britney’s father, but that may be changing depending on the outcome of the additional upcoming hearings, the first of which has been scheduled for December 16.
Meanwhile, after a brief hiatus, Britney has been back on Instagram lately, posting more of her trademark chaotic content. She resurfaced last week with a video, in which she assured her fans that she’s “the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” Good for Britney; that makes one of us!
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Since then, she’s posted several times, including a video of her dancing, some inspirational messages, and a minute-long clip of her posing with a flower. Whatever Britney is going through in court right now, at least her social media is as delightfully strange as ever.
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In case you’ve been been focused on other things lately (can’t imagine what), there’s been a lot going on this summer with Britney Spears. We’ve come a long way from last spring, when it was rumored that she was being held against her will in a mental facility, or that she escaped said facility, but things with her conservatorship are as complicated as ever.
As you may know, Britney Spears has been under a wide-ranging conservatorship since 2008, with her father Jamie overseeing nearly every facet of her life as the conservator. For the last decade, Jamie Spears has had control over his daughter’s finances and medical care, as well as career decisions like tours and residencies, and even whether or not she is allowed to drive a car. It’s an extreme situation, and over the years, the conservatorship has been the source of many court decisions and legal battles.
For many years, Britney’s father served as co-conservator with attorney Andrew Wallet, who handled Britney’s finances, but after Wallet stepped down last year, Jamie Spears assumed total control. Later in 2019, Jamie temporarily stepped down from his role as Britney’s conservator, due to some life-threatening health issues—and Britney doesn’t want him back in charge. Since Jamie stepped down, Britney’s manager, Jodi Montgomery, has served as her conservator, and Britney is now seeking to make Jodi’s position permanent. In a court filing earlier this month, Spears’ team wrote that “Britney is strongly opposed to James’ return as conservator of her person.” (James = Jamie.) Britney is requesting that Jodi Montgomery remain in her role as conservator, along with a “qualified corporate fiduciary” to handle her financial matters. Britney’s attorney also noted that he expected Jamie would “aggressively” push back against these requests. He was right—Jamie Spears has already reportedly filed a request that he and Andrew Wallet be reinstated.
There are a lot of factors at play here, and the situation is made even more complicated by the bigger picture with Jamie Spears, who was investigated last year after allegations that he abused Britney’s son Sean. It’s still not entirely clear what truly happened, but both of Britney’s sons were granted a three-year restraining order barring Jamie from seeing them. Britney’s request to have her father permanently removed came last week, as a judge extended the conservatorship for six months, until early 2021. Reportedly, Britney’s attorneys now have a few weeks to file any official motions regarding the conservatorship, which would include permanently removing Jamie. Theoretically, that would be decided sometime in the fall, so stay tuned.
But that’s not all that’s happening with Britney’s conservatorship. Turns out, Britney’s mom and sister are both getting involved in her finances. Way back in 2004, Britney established a trust to protect her assets for herself and her sons, and to “hold and manage her material financial assets during her lifetime, and provide distribution of those assets upon her death.” The trust includes traditional assets like property and investments, but also “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.” Basically, everything.
Since 2008, the trust has been controlled by Britney’s conservators (aka mostly her dad), but this week The Blast obtained new documents that revealed Britney’s sister, Jamie Lynn, was also made a trustee in 2018. Her appointment was signed off by Jamie Spears and Andrew Wallet, who were co-conservators at the time. According to the documents, the SJB Trust (Sean, Jayden, Britney) lists Britney as the sole beneficiary while she is alive, but if she were to die, the money would basically go straight to her kids. But Jamie apparently requested approval to create “blocked accounts,” which are accounts with specific limitations on who can access them, and how much they can withdraw.
So Jamie Lynn has secretly been involved in Britney’s financial arrangements for the past two years, and now Britney’s mom is finally getting in on the family affair. Last month, Lynne Spears filed a request to be named an “interested person” in Britney’s trust, which wouldn’t give her control over anything, but would ensure that she was notified of “all matters” involving the trust.
Like many of the developments in this story, it’s extremely difficult to figure out who has good intentions here. The family has rarely spoken publicly about the situation, but last month, Jamie Lynn Spears passionately spoke out on behalf of her sister on Instagram, defending Britney’s privacy and calling her a “strong, badass, unstoppable woman.” At the time, we didn’t know that Jamie Lynn was involved in Britney’s trust, but hopefully she’s actually helping.
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Similarly, we have no idea why Lynne Spears is choosing to get involved now. Whatever the reasons behind these recent moves, it seems like the next few months will be an important time, with Jamie’s ultimate involvement clearly a point of contention.
While the Spears family battles for control of Britney’s affairs, Britney has a powerful force in her corner: the ACLU. Last week, as the news about Britney requesting her father’s removal broke, the ACLU tweeted an offer of support, saying that “People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights.”
People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights.
If Britney Spears wants to regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship, we are here to help her. https://t.co/uLRakw7c4C
— ACLU (@ACLU) August 19, 2020
What will happen in the next six months? There’s no way to know, but regardless, hopefully Britney is safe, happy, and healthy, and also, I would love some new music.
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If I say the name “Jamie Lynn Spears,” I can pretty much guarantee that the same thing will come to mind for almost everyone reading this: Zoey 101. It’s been over a decade since the Nickelodeon show was canceled on the heels of Jamie Lynn’s teen pregnancy, but it’s still her most memorable role by far. But last week, she added a new role to her resume, and I’m basically f*cking obsessed. To use TMZ’s phrase, Jamie Lynn proved herself to be a “sandwich shop vigilante” when she broke up a fight at a Louisiana fast food restaurant. I know you need more details, so let’s get into it.
The incident took place late at night at a Pita Pit in Hammond, Louisiana, which I guess is where Jamie Lynn Spears lives these days. I lived in New Orleans for four years, and I can tell you that Hammond is…super random. It’s basically a college town in the middle of nowhere like, an hour outside of NOLA, so I’m not really sure why she’s there, but I digress. She wound up at Pita Pit for a late night snack, and things quickly went south.
By the grace of god, TMZ obtained the security camera footage, which I’ve put at the end of this article for your viewing pleasure. For the first half of the video, it’s clear that some kind of brawl is going down in the corner of the frame, but you can’t really tell what anyone is doing. Then, like a Patronas charm coming out of nowhere to ward off an enemy, Jamie Lynn makes her move. She runs behind the counter, and grabs what I can only describe as the biggest knife I’ve ever seen. Really, why does Pita Pit even have a knife that big just lying around?
final clue guess : jamie lynn spears, with the knife, in the pita pit
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Though the guy working at the restaurant is obviously on the phone with the cops, Jamie Lynn has this sh*t handled. She waves the
machete knife in the direction of the fight, and suddenly it’s all over. Honestly, should we just send Jamie Lynn Spears to North Korea and see if she can defuse that whole thing? I stan a queen who brings peace wherever she goes.
TMZ initially reported that the fight broke out when Jamie Lynn’s friend got hit over the head with a bottle, but they later corrected that, saying that the bottle incident “happened the night before the knife incident.” Wait… excuse me? What is happening in Hammond, Louisiana, and why is Pita Pit apparently the spot where all the fights go down? Suddenly, going to get falafel sounds a lot more dangerous.
Instead of the bottle situation, this particular fight apparently had nothing to do with Jamie Lynn, and she only got involved when her friend was knocked over by the guys who were fighting. Basically, Jamie Lynn saw her friend getting messed with, and she went from 0 to 100 real f*ckin’ quick. Go off sis. TMZ reported that police showed up to the scene soon after, but Jamie Lynn’s friend decided not to press charges against the guys. Wait…so Jamie Lynn wasn’t in any kind of trouble for running behind the counter and brandishing a
sword knife at the patrons of a restaurant? I’m not saying she didn’t do what she had to do, but I still feel like that should be against some kind of law?
Hopefully Jamie Lynn Spears doesn’t have any more Pita Pit incidents in the near future, because she’s about to be busy with a new Netflix series that was announced earlier this year. It’s a romance/drama, so sadly she probably won’t get to show off her knife technique, but at least we’ll always have this video of her being a bad bitch:
God bless Jamie Lynn, god bless Pita Pit…what a time to be alive.
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