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A judge in the US has suspended Britney Spears' father Jamie from her conservatorship.
The pop superstar's 69 year old dad was appointed as her guardian in 2008 amid concerns over her mental health. The conservatorship is split into two parts, including one for her estate and financial affairs and another for her as a person.
While Jamie was originally in charge of both parts, he stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019 due to health reasons.
His reduced involvement in overseeing her life was not enough for Britney, 39, as the singer has been on strike since 2019, and has refused to work in protest over Jamie acting as her conservator.
At a hearing on Wednesday 29 September at Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Brenda Penny explained that it was "untenable" for Jamie to continue in his role.
Jamie was ordered to hand over relevant documents to a temporary conservator for Britney's estate, John Zabel, who is a certified public accountant.
Judge Brenda agreed that it was in Britney's "best interests" for her father to be removed and the court was told his continued involvement was "toxic".
The Oops! I Did It Again singer's lawyers also requested for a new hearing to be held in next month to 45 days to decide if her conservatorship should end completely.
Fans of the star flocked to Twitter to celebrate her win as one person wrote: "Listening to her music today feels emotional after the court hearing today, you’re freedom is around the corner @britneyspears".
"Britney Spears deserves love. Britney Spears deserves freedom. Britney Spears deserves happiness. Britney Spears deserves to be safe and healthy and Britney Spears deserves to be HEARD." another said.
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While a third argued: "Why suspend? Just terminate the conservatorship of #BritneySpears and let her live on her own terms and with the freedom granted by the constitution."
Britney's father had agreed to step down as a conservator for his daughter in August, but later claimed her "addiction and mental health issues are worse than public know" and says he should be "praised" for all he has done.
Jamie made made the claims in 15-page court documents to Los Angeles County Court filed in response to his daughter's petition to have him suspended from her conservatorship.
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In the court filings, submitted by his lawyer Vivien Thoreen, he said: "If the public knew all the facts of Ms. Spears' personal life, not only her highs but also her lows, all of the addiction and mental health issues that she has struggled with, and all of the challenges of the Conservatorship, they would praise Mr. Spears for the job he has done, not vilify him."
He continued: "But the public does not know all the facts, and they have no right to know, so there will be no public redemption for Mr. Spears."
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