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Britney Spears' father Jamie talks about end of guardianship - The Hollywood Reporter

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Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears spoke publicly for the first time in over a decade this weekend – more than a year after the singer’s guardianship ended.

In an interview on Sunday daily mail, he openly addressed the court order and defended his role during his daughter’s 13 years of guardianship. He also said he doesn’t know if she would be alive without him.

“Not everyone is going to agree with me,” said Jamie Spears. “It’s been a hell of a time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be now without that tutelage? And I don’t know if she would be alive. I am not.”

The father said that “it’s not going to paint pretty pictures”, but that the court order protected Britney Spears during difficult times.

“To protect her and also to protect the children, guardianship was a great tool. Without that, I don’t think she would have the kids back,” she added.

In November 2021, an LA judge granted a petition to terminate the agreement during a hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes. This came after an emotional deposition by Britney Spears that summer, where she claimed the guardianship was abusive and wanted to end it. After the deposition, the singer was allowed to hire her own lawyer for the first time, which led to an investigation into the alleged abuse.

So, after more than a decade of the #FreeBritney movement and years of fans speculating that Britney Spears was unhappy, the singer was released from the court order.

Now, Britney Spears lives with her husband, model Sam Asghari, in Los Angeles. In April, she announced that she was expecting her first child with Asghari; the following month, Britney Spears revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage. She also has two sons, Jayden and Preston, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Jamie Spears lives with her other daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears, in rural Louisiana. he said to daily mail that you have to be careful with what you say because you don’t want to cause the singer a headache.

“I miss my two sons [Jayden and Preston] really, really bad,” said Jamie Spears. “I do. You know, we were really, really close. They were at that age where you could start having fun with them. But they were developing a mind of their own. God makes things happen for a reason. I don’t know what that is.” why, but it’s been a tough three years without them. The family is a mess. All we can do is keep praying.”

Britney Spears’ access to her two children was also part of the guardianship. Although Federline was initially given full custody of them, Jamie Spears said he made a deal with Federline so they could spend time with their mother.

“They didn’t waste time with their mother. They didn’t waste time with their father. Many people did not know this. The main goal was to get Britney back with her kids in a comfortable relationship,” he said. “My relationship with Kevin gave them a sense of peace and protection. Kevin will tell you this too – we were the ones who raised the kids. I just did what I was supposed to do or felt like I needed to do.”

Jamie Spears also claims that guardianship helped build her daughter’s finances because “she was broke” and “didn’t have any money”.

“My understanding of guardianship is to help someone get their life back and return to society and be able to live normally,” he added. “I want to say that I made a difference. There were a few people behind me that really helped get her to a point where we could help her.

But from an outside perspective, many disagreed. In January 2019, the singer canceled her planned second Las Vegas residency amid a hiatus. A few months later, she entered a psychiatric facility, and fans soon began to speculate that her father committed her against her will. The #FreeBritney movement also claimed that the guardianship was restricting the singer.

“All I can say is most people have no idea what the truth is,” Jamie Spears said in response to the allegations. “Her lawyer has no clue about the truth. The media didn’t hear the truth. They heard Britney’s allegations. I don’t mind taking that beating because I know it’s not true and because I don’t want to start something else. For my daughter to end up going deeper in the hole than before.”

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Britney Spears’ rep for comment.