Britney Spears’ father has claimed that the 39-year-old pop star has dementia.
Jamie Spears, 68, said his daughter had the condition on forms to justify controlling her finances – but fans insist it would be impossible for her to learn songs and routines if that were the case.
The singer released a song on her 39th birthday in December, Swimming In The Stars, and has released four albums and been on four global tours during her father’s ‘conservatorship’ – which gives a third party the right to manage someone’s finances.
It was set up when Britney’s conduct deteriorated after her divorce from Kevin Federline in 2007, during which she lost custody of her children Jayden and Sean.
But a documentary by journalist Mobeen Azhar, to be broadcast in the UK next week, has seen documents that show dementia may be the reason she has been living under strict legal constraints for 12 years.
Interesting: Britney Spears ‘ father Jamie claimed that his pop star daughter had dementia in conservatorship documents according to new BBC documentary The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship reported The Sun on Friday
In The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship, Mr Azhar says the dementia claim sounds ‘a bit out there’ and that he thought it was a ‘conspiracy theory’.
According to The Mirror, he says: ‘There are a couple of fan sites who said they have got hold of paperwork surrounding the conservatorship.
‘You have to tick a box justifying the reason and the box that is ticked, it says: ‘The order is related to dementia placement or treatment as specified’.
Those under 65 reportedly make up less than 5 per cent of dementia cases in the US leading the journalist to think it is unlikely she has the condition.
She will speak for the first time in court about the situation in June.
Mr Spears has stepped back from the financial role temporarily due to illness and Britney’s manager has replaced him.
‘And if that’s the case, then that’s terrifying’: Journalist Mobeen Azhar – who presents the documentary – said in it that Jamie had ticked a box saying it related to ‘dementia placement or treatment’
Revealing: The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship is set to air at 9pm on BBC2 on Wednesday in the UK and is currently available on iPlayer, as Spears is seen August 2016
Meanwhile Britney took to Instagram on Friday to share a black and white image of a young girl posing with her middle finger up.
She captioned it: ‘Hi my name is Britney Spears … nice to meet you [three middle finger emojis]!!!!! One of my strongest gifts is that I’m pretty straight forward [laughing while crying, speak-no-evil monkey, and winky face with tongue emojis] !!!!!’
‘One of my strongest gifts is that I’m pretty straight forward’: Meanwhile Britney took to Instagram on Friday to share a black and white image of a young girl posing with her middle finger up
The post came just days after it was reported that she will speak in court on June 23rd 2021 regarding her controversial conservatorship case.
The pop star is set to appear before a judge after her lawyer Sam Ingham III expressed her desire to ‘address the court directly’ during a Tuesday hearing, according to CNN.
‘The conservatee has requested that I seek from the court a status hearing at which she can address the court directly,’ Sam Ingham III told Judge Brenda Penny.
Spears’ lawyer didn’t elaborate on what she plans on speaking on, but said it would concern the ‘status of the conservatorship.’
Speaking: Spears will appear in court regarding her conservatorship case in June. She’s seen in 2019 above
Mr. Ingham III told Judge Penny Spears asked that her appearance be scheduled ‘on expedited basis.’
The hearing will be on June 23rd at 1:30pm PT at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
The court appearance was originally set to discuss estate’s accounting documents on Tuesday, but will now review those matters during a separate July 14 court date.
This new breakthrough comes after reports Spears’ parents are in a bitter battle over their daughter’s wellbeing, with father Jamie accusing mom Lynne of ‘exploiting their daughter’s pain and trauma’ in new court docs.
Lynne, 65, who divorced Jamie, 68, in 2002 after 30 years together, is raising questions about the fees he makes as their daughter’s conservator as well as querying the sky-high legal bills for his attorneys, said to be around $2million.
But in a new filing obtained by The Blast, Jamie has hit back at Lynne saying she has ‘not been involved in their daughter’s conservatorship until very recently’ and therefore has ‘no knowledge’ of the fees in question.
Embattled: Spears, 39, has been held under the conservatorship for 13 years following her much publicized breakdown in 2008, and her parents are currently fighting in court
Bit rich? Britney’s father Jamie Spears has accused her mother Lynne Spears of ‘exploiting’ their daughter (the pair pictured together in 2012)
To make matters uglier, Jamie says in his filing that Lynne ‘is the one who exploited her daughter’s pain and trauma for personal profit by publishing a book,’ about Britney.
In 2008, following Britney’s well-documented meltdown, Lynne released Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, a memoir that detailed their turbulent times as a family.
Jamie adds in his filing that Lynne is ‘causing undue delay and expense in the administration of the Conservatorship, and ironically, stirring up more unnecessary media attention.’
He is also claiming that Lynne inadvertently shared information with the lawyers of Sam Lutfi, Britney’s former manager who she now has a 5-year restraining order against.
‘Whether it was an intentional act or a careless error, this again evidences that Lynne Spears is not acting in the best interests of the Conservatee,’ Jamie states in his latest filing.
Tough act: Jamie maintains that he has had an impeccable track record handling his daughter’s affairs, as he is seen in March 2008
Lynne is questioning large sums of money that Jamie’s law firm is charging for just four months, and claims that some of the legal work done was to repair Jamie’s image in the media, as opposed to the benefit of Britney.
She is requesting that at least $224,000 should be ‘immediately repaid’ to Britney’s estate.
The Baby One More Time hitmaker has been held under the conservatorship for 13 years following her much publicized breakdown – leading fans to launch the #FreeBritney movement to back her fight to have autonomy over her finances.
A judge ruled that Britney’s father and the Bessemer Trust will maintain equal power over the star’s vast $60million fortune.
In the wake of the ruling, Jamie’s legal team have insisted the judge’s decision proves he isn’t out to cause any harm to his daughter.
Jaime was appointed to the role in 2008 after she was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.
Currently his conservatorship means Britney cannot make any financial or professional decisions without her father’s approval.
Trapped: In an Instagram post last month, Britney said she cried for weeks over the documentary Framing Britney Spears that examined her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager
In an Instagram post last month, Britney said she cried for weeks over the documentary that examined her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager.
The 39-year-old singer said she didn’t watch the entire film, ‘but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in… I cried for two weeks and well… I still cry sometimes’.
Her fans have shown their support on social media under the hashtags #WereSorryBritney and #FreeBritney.
‘I have been exposed my whole life performing in front of people. It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day,’ Spears wrote.
‘As the world keeps on turning and life goes on we still remain so fragile and sensitive as people …I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness.’
Fun with food: The star looked like she was feeling more upbeat on Instagram Monday, when she cheerily tried to recreate her order from the sandwich shop Schlotzsky’s, which she said she discovered in New York 15 years ago
Yum! ‘It was literally God to me,’ she told fans before walking them through the steps and ingredients. ’15 years later I’m still in search of a sandwich that tastes just like that’
Good eats: She told fans it was a success, captioning the clip: ‘I did it guys … I recreated the meanest sandwich. known to mankind !!!! Now where’s my trophy’
The star looked like she was feeling more upbeat on Instagram Monday, when she cheerily tried to recreate her order from the sandwich shop Schlotzsky’s, which she said she discovered in New York 15 years ago.
‘It was literally God to me,’ she told fans in the 90second clip. ’15 years later I’m still in search of a sandwich that tastes just like that.’
Britney walked fans through the steps as she prepped all her ingredients and assembled her lunch.
She told fans it was a success, captioning the clip: ‘I did it guys … I recreated the meanest sandwich. known to mankind !!!! Now where’s my trophy.’
The documentary is on BBC iPlayer now and will be on BBC Two on Wednesday at 9pm