Saturday, December 4

Guardianship of Britney Spears comes to an end, decides Los Angeles judge

The guardianship that controlled the life and career of American singer Britney Spears for 13 years has come to an end, a judge in Los Angeles decided this Friday.

“As of today (…) the guardianship of the person and the estate of Britney Spears is terminated. And this is the order of the court,” Judge Brenda Penny ruled.

“I think I’m going to cry for the rest of the day. It’s the best day,” the 39-year-old singer celebrated on her Instagram. Spears posted a video of her fans commemorating the end of the guardianship that Spears considered “abusive.”

The artist’s fiancĂ©, Sam Asghari, also posted an image with the word “Freedom” on Instagram after the ruling. Both posts accumulated thousands of comments in minutes.

Judge Penny ruled in favor of ending the court settlement without conducting a psychological evaluation, arguing that “this was a voluntary guardianship”, and “all parties agree.”

“The court understands and determines that the personal and estate guardianship of Britney Jean Spears is no longer necessary,” it decided.

The interpreter of “Toxic” was the subject of this guardianship since 2008, after a personal collapse and attacking a paparazzi at a service station.

His father Jamie Spears, who served as guardian, was removed in September by a court decision, and was replaced by temporary guardian John Zabel, an accountant who was supposed to attend to financial matters until the final dissolution of the court agreement.

Britney’s estate is valued at $ 60 million, according to US media.

The end of the guardianship also terminates the work of professional guardian Jodie Montgomery, who has been in charge of Britney Spears’ personal affairs since her father was removed in September. However, the singer’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said she could “continue there” for whatever Spears needed.

Rosengart explained that a “safety net” will be put in place to safeguard your finances and personal decisions.

Speaking to the media, Rosengart added that “what follows for Britney, and it is the first time this can be said in a decade, is the decision of one person: Britney.”

Friday’s hearing is the climax of a long campaign that Spears and her legion of fans around the world launched to call for an end to the guardianship.

This year, Spears said through her attorneys that her father “never lived up to it,” citing details such as his “known alcoholism” and “the trauma it has inflicted on his daughter since childhood” in a petition.

In September, she stated that she wanted an end to the guardianship as soon as possible so that she could marry her fiancé Sam Asghari in a prenuptial agreement.

The star has two children with her ex-husband, rapper Kevin Federline, and she had a fleeting marriage in Las Vegas with her childhood friend Jason Alexander, which was annulled just 55 hours later.

She previously said in court that her father prevented her from removing the contraceptive device, despite wanting more children. Jamie Spears denies it.

Britney did not appear in court or communicate virtually, as she did at a June hearing in which she expressed her views and called for an end to the guardianship.

His parents did participate by telephone.

Fans of the star crowded, as always, in the vicinity of the court carrying pink banners, with the legend “Free Britney”, the slogan that globally supported the singer for months.

“We can’t believe it, it’s what she always wanted. Now she can rise higher than a phoenix, she can do anything,” said Edward, a follower who participated in the so-called “last rally” outside of court.

“I am so happy. We have waited for this for so long. I have no words to express how I feel. (…) I am so happy for Britney,” said fellow fan Britney Miller.


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