Britney Spears wants to end her conservatorship, but her psych doctors say no

It’s no secret that “The X Factor” U.S. judge Britney Spears has mental-health issues, since she has been under a conservatorship ever since 2008, after she was involuntarily hospitalized that year for psychiatric problems. Now comes a report that she is desperately unhappy behind the scenes with her conservatorship, and she wants to end the conservatorship against her doctors’ objections.

According to Radar Online, 30-year-old Spears (who is a mother of two children) told a judge in an August 2012 appearance at Los Angeles Superior Court that she wants the conservatorship to end, but the judge has decided to let the conservatorship stand because Spears’ doctors have voiced concerns about Spears’ mental health.

In a conservatorship, someone is under the legal supervision of a court-appointed conservator, who has legal control over major aspects of the life of the person who is under the conservatorship. Decisions and privileges that most adults take for granted and can make on their own (such as where to live, where to send their children to school, what to spend money on for major purchases, or where to apply for a job) are taken away from someone who is under a conservatorship. A person under a conservatorship is essentially reduced to having the same rights as an underage child, because another adult has legal control and is legally required to make life decisions for the person under the conservatorship.

Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has been her conservator for her business and personal affairs. In April 2012, her fiance, Jason Trawick, was added as a co-conservator for her personal affairs, by his request.

An unnamed “insider” told Radar Online: “Britney told Judge Reva Goetz in her chambers with her court appointed attorney, Sam Ingham, present, that she is ready for the conservatorship to end. Britney said she doesn’t understand why it’s still in place and expressed her belief that she has got to be the only person under a conservatorship that has managed to land a $15 million work contract. Britney wants the conservatorship to end, it’s fine with her if it stays in place as far as her business and professional life, but she wants to call the shots when it comes to her personal life. Britney pointed out to the judge that she will be on live television weekly this fall once ‘X Factor’ premiers on Fox in September and the tremendous progress she has made since the conservatorship was put in place almost four years ago.”

“Britney’s team of doctors just don’t feel that she is ready for the conservatorship to end. They have specific concerns related to her mental health and aren’t ready to tell the judge that Britney is ready to go it alone just yet. Judge Goetz is the only person that can end the conservatorship.”

She also had to get Judge Goetz’s permission to take “The X Factor” job.

In May 2012, Spears was named a judge on “The X Factor” U.S., after months of negotiations.

Britney Spears has also spent time in rehab, and there have been rumors for years the she is a bipolar cocaine addict. Radar Online also reported that she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She has not publicly talked about any of her psychiatric problems or issues with substance abuse. Her representatives have neither confirmed nor denied the rumors.

And could Spears and “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell the answers to this blind item that was posted on Blind Gossip on August 24, 2012?

“We have been hearing a lot of rumors that people are arguing over her because they want to control her money. We have even heard people say that her team gives her drugs just to make her lethargic and easy to control. Neither of these things are true. Without her team, she is not just bratty or rebellious or outrageous. She has a serious medical condition. She is bipolar, and when left to make her own decisions, will often skip her meds and start leaning toward either depressive or manic episodes. In the past, if those things happened, she would either self-harm or act irrationally and do outlandish things. She needs to continue to allow her health to be managed by a third party, especially because she is responsible for more than just herself. But her boss needs to STFU. He is the one who has been whispering in her ear that she would be better off without her team. He pretends that he cares about her and wants her to be well and happy, but he knows that normalcy and sincerity and professionalism don’t sell. Crazy sells. And he is doing anything – anything – to entice the kind of crazy behavior that will bolster publicity for his project.”


Britney Spears wants to end her conservatorship, but her psych doctors say no
Carla Hay
August 24, 2012