Judge considers ending restrictions on Britney Spears

Pop superstar Britney Spears may be released from a guardianship that she has called abusive and humiliating starting Friday if a Los Angeles judge rules in her favor and ends the 13-year legal agreement.

The 39-year-old “Piece of Me” singer has pleaded with the court to end the guardianship that has governed her personal life and her $ 60 million estate since 2008.

The arrangement was arranged and overseen by the singer’s father after she had a public meltdown and underwent treatment for undisclosed mental health issues.

Since revealing years of private anguish in tearful testimony in June, Spears has received a surge of public support and has hired a new attorney who has moved aggressively to end the restrictions.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny is expected to consider that request and possibly rule on the matter in a public hearing on Friday. None of those involved in the guardianship objects to the request.

Britney Spears performs in Tel Aviv (credit: MIRIAM ALSTER)

“This week is going to be very interesting for me!” Spears wrote on Instagram earlier this week. “I haven’t prayed for anything else in my life!”

It is unclear whether the singer will appear in person in court on Friday or will speak by audio as she has at times in the past.

A key question is whether Penny could require Spears to undergo a mental health evaluation, a step that is often taken before ending a guardianship. The singer has asked to be released without a new psychiatric evaluation.

In June, Spears told the court that she was traumatized and wanted to “get her life back” as soon as possible. She said that she had been forced to work and take medication against her will and that she was prevented from marrying or even getting her hair and nails done.

Her father, Jamie Spears, has said through attorneys that he helped his daughter rehabilitate her career and that he always acted in her best interest.

In an unexpected move in early September, she changed her stance on guardianship, saying she supported the termination because the deal had helped her and it was no longer necessary.

Penny suspended Jamie Spears from guardianship in late September, calling his involvement “toxic” to the singer’s well-being, and temporarily replaced him with an accountant.

Interest in the case was fueled last year by documentaries and a #FreeBritney fan movement that questioned why the singer has lived under restrictions while successfully touring the world and earning millions of dollars.

The fans, who have gathered outside the courthouse waving pink signs to show their support, plan to hold a celebration Friday night if the judge delivers the landmark ruling they hope for.

Spears is engaged to personal trainer Sam Asghari and has said she wants to have more children. She has two teenage children from her previous marriage to Kevin Federline.


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