Britney Spears Conservatorship Nightmare

How the pop star’s father and a team of lawyers seized control of her life-and have held onto it for thirteen years. – The New Yorker

On June 22nd, Britney Spears’s management team started getting nervous. Spears, who is thirty-nine, has spent the past thirteen years living under a conservatorship, a legal structure in which a person’s personal, economic, and legal decision-making power is ceded to others. Called a guardianship in most states, the arrangement is intended for people who cannot take care of themselves. Since the establishment of Spears’s conservatorship, she has released four albums, headlined a global tour that grossed a hundred and thirty-one million dollars, and performed for four years in a hit Las Vegas residency. Yet her conservators, who include her father, Jamie Spears, have controlled her spending, communications, and personal decisions.

Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino discuss the singer’s conservatorship on The New Yorker Radio Hour.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/american-chronicles/britney-spears-conservatorship-nightmare

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