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Britney Spears makes another bid to ban dad Jamie from personal affairs

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Britney Spears with her father in Hollywood, California in 2008. (Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)

Britney Spears‘ lawyer plans to file another petition to give the pop star her freedom back and permanently bar her father from her personal affairs and estate.

According to Today, Samuel D Ingham III said on Wednesday (17 March) that he intends to petition the court to bring Jodi Montgomery as a permanent conservator for Britney. Montgomery was briefly in charge of Britney’s estate after her father, Jamie Spears, took a break for personal health reasons.

Britney has been embroiled in a complex court-order conservatorship since 2008 after she went through a mental health crisis. Under the terms of the arrangement, her father has maintained significant control over the pop star’s wellbeing and estate.

In 2019, Spears had to take a break from being a conservator due to his health, and Montgomery briefly stepped in to take over. Spears returned and still maintains control over Britney’s conservatorship.

Ingham argued last year that Britney would rather have Montgomery remain in control of her estate and asked the courts to remove Jamie Spears from the conservatorship. However, a judge denied Ingham’s request in November.

Britney has been fighting to be freed from the arrangement for much of the last year. In February, a judge denied Jamie Spears’ request to retain the power to delegate investment powers for Britney’s estate.

The decision means that Spears will retain equal control with the Bessemer Trust, a firm that was appointed as a co-conservator in November 2020 by the courts after Britney’s legal team said she was “afraid of her father”.

This sentiment was further confirmed by Britney’s cousin and assistant who alleged that Jamie “100 per cent” threatened her life, and she did not speak to the star after the incident as a result.

Alli Sims, who worked as Spears’ assistant in the mid-2000s, told NBC News that Jamie “100 per cent was threatening me with my life” when he demanded she cut off ties with Britney. She alleged this happened in 2008, shortly after the star entered her conservatorship.

“I didn’t put it past him, so I didn’t answer [Britney’s calls again],” Sims admitted.

Ingham’s current petition does not appear to remove Jamie Spears from conservatorship but requesting that Montgomery be granted a conservator, based on the statement he made in court.

The court will review the new petition and other filings in a hearing on 27 April, according to NBC News.

Ingham declined to comment to NBC News about the petition, and an attorney for Jamie Spears did not have a comment on the matter either.

Jamie Spears’ attorney Vivian L Thoreen has claimed that Britney could have asked as “any time” to end her conservatorship. The lawyer told PEOPLE: “Any time Britney wants to end her conservatorship, she can ask her lawyer to file a petition to terminate it; she has always had this right, but in 13 years has never exercised it.”

Thoreen added that Jamie Spears has “diligently and professionally carried out his duties as one of Britney’s conservators, and his love for his daughter and dedication to protecting her is clearly apparent to the court”.

Britney Spears is ‘being treated like a child’ in conservatorship

Britney Spears is 'being treated like a child' in conservatorship

Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. (Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

The latest celebrity to respond to Framing Britney Spears, the explosive documentary about the singer’s conservatorship and life, is long-term friend Paris Hilton.

Hilton, singer and socialite, has said the legal arrangement which sees Spears’ well-being and estate, among other things, controlled by her father Jamie Spears is “not fair”.

Discussing The New York Times programme on her podcast, This is Paris, Thursday (25 February), Hilton admitted that she hasn’t spoken to Spears in a “few months” nor has she watched the documentary.

Nevertheless, she said she had heard it was “really sad” as she reflected on the court-ordered conservatorship that Spears has lived under since 2008 after suffering a mental health crisis.

Paris Hilton on Britney Spears: ‘I just can’t imagine being controlled like that’

“It makes me really feel for her,” the 40-year-old said, “because she’s such a sweet girl and has such a big heart and I just can’t imagine being controlled like that.

“You know, when you’re an adult and you’ve worked your whole life for building this empire and then just to be treated like a child, it’s just not fair.”

The documentary has ignited a reckoning of sorts among the press and other high-profile figures. Some have owned up for how they treated the musician in the late 2000s. Others have not.

“I’ve been reading all of these articles coming out where they were just saying, like, Britney, Paris and a group of us were treated so unfairly and just like, this really misogynistic view and just being very cruel and mean and making fun of us,” Hilton said.

“I never really thought about it as much. It made me think a lot this week, reading all these new things that are coming out after the Britney film.”

As well as the toxic treatment she received from paparazzi, Framing Britney Spears touched on the sexist backlash the star received after her break-up with Justin Timberlake, prompting an apology from the singer.

Britney Spears got a ‘private’ apology from Perez Hilton last year

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Britney Spears was hounded by the media in the lead-up to her mental health crisis. Isaac Brekken/Jerod Harris/Getty)

Perez Hilton apologised “privately” to Britney Spears for the way he treated her during her mental health crisis more than a decade ago.

The gay gossip blogger made a name for himself in the 00s for his often ruthless take on celebrity life – and he has come under particular scrutiny in recent weeks for his treatment of Spears.

The “Toxic” singer was hounded by some media outlets in the lead-up to her 2008 breakdown, and Hilton’s website was at the fore. Following Heath Ledger’s death in January 2008, Hilton sold t-shirts showing Ledger in Brokeback Mountain alongside the message: “Why couldn’t it be Britney?”

Speaking to Chanel Omari on the Chanel in the City podcast, Hilton said he has apologised to Spears on several occasions throughout the years, but he apologised again in December 2020 after going through a “big emotional break”.

Hilton said he doesn’t “deny” the things he said about Spears in the lead-up to her mental health crisis, but said he prefers not to “verbalise” what he did.

“I know it was awful, and so does everybody else,” he said. “And like I’ve said repeatedly, I’ve apologised to Britney long before this documentary, repeatedly throughout the years, in various different ways, on my website, on my YouTube, on my podcast, on my social media, in interviews, in my memoir. I’ve apologised to her privately as well.”

Hilton went on to praise Spears as “gracious” and said “everything was good” between them in the years after her breakdown.

Perez Hilton apologised to Britney Spears after having a ‘big emotional break’.

He continued: “I don’t want to get into details, but I did apologise to Britney recently. Actually, I’ll say when: in December. I don’t need to go into details about how, but I went through this big emotional break in December… and one of the things I wanted to do… it’s kind of like the things people do in 12 step programmes, they’ll reach out to people that they have wronged and apologise, and even though I had apologised before, there’s nothing wrong with apologising again, or differently, so I did. And she was one of the few people that I reached out to in December.”

Hilton went on to say that his “emotional break” was “needed”.

“Oftentimes a depression can be a good thing for somebody because it can really force you and push you to create really positive and hopefully long lasting change,” he said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Hilton said he agrees that Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, should be removed from her conservatorship, the complex legal arrangement she has been in for more than a decade.

Hilton added: “I understand that so many fans just want answers, but is it our place to know everything? I don’t think so.”

The gossip blogger is one of many journalists, broadcasters and commentators who have faced backlash since the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears was released.

Hilton has faced scrutiny over comments he made about Britney Spears when her mental health was on a downward trajectory 13 years ago.

He branded her an “unfit parent” and made repeated jokes about her mental state.

Spears, arguably in the ultimate act of revenge, later hired Hilton to play the evil queen in a recorded introduction for her Circus tour in 2009. She later brought him on-stage during a show in 2014, suggesting that there was no bad blood, despite his coverage of her mental health issues.

Perez Hilton says he’s sorry for tormenting Britney Spears, says people need to be more forgiving / Queerty

Perez Hilton says he’s sorry for tormenting Britney Spears, says

Perez Hilton says he feels really, really, really bad about all the horrible terrible things he’s ever said about Britney Spears.

“I regret a lot or most of what I said about Britney,” the out blogger told Good Morning Britain this week, “as I’m sure Piers [Morgan] would if he were her about things he’s said in the past.”

“Thankfully, hopefully, many of us get older and wiser,” he added.

The celebrity gossip blogger was talking about the recent documentary Framing Britney Spears, which documented the years of abuse the pop princess suffered at the hands of fans, her father, the media, and, of course, Perez himself.

During Britney’s apex, he would regularly mock her alleged addiction issues, accused her of being an unfit mother, circulated rumors about a bogus sex tape, and, in 2008, shortly after actor Heath Ledger died, marketed a t-shirt with an image from Brokeback Mountain along with the phrase “Why couldn’t it have been Britney?”

“I think a lot of people just want to blame this person and that person, and it’s not as simple as that,” Perez said.

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In a followup interview with the podcast Chanel In The City with Chanel Omari, he claimed to have apologized to Spears last year for everything that he did.

“I have also apologized privately recently before the documentary, I don’t want to get into details, but I did apologize to Britney recently,” Perez told Omari.

After saying he didn’t want to “go into details,” he then went into details, saying he suffered an “emotional break” in December and decided to reach out to the singer.

“One of the things that I wanted to do, my idea, not even my therapist’s was, I felt it was important for me. It’s kind of like the things that people often do in 12 step programs. You know, they’ll, they’ll reach out to people that they have wronged and apologize,” he explained.

“Even though I had apologized before, there’s nothing wrong with apologizing again or differently. So I did. And she was one of the few people that I reached out to in December.”

Speaking about apologies, in general, Perez said, “It seems like so many people don’t want to give others the opportunity to be remorseful and sincere and grow and learn from their mistakes.”

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