Britney Spears is afraid of her father and is refusing to resume her musical career until he is removed as sole conservator of her estate, the pop icon's lawyer has charged.
The conservatorship, which was put in place in 2008, granted Jamie Spears control over Britney's personal and financial affairs and also gave him a say in her career, but his daughter said she will not return to the stage until things change.
"My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father," Britney's lawyer, Samuel Ingham, said in a hearing on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. "She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career."
Last year, Britney postponed her Las Vegas "Domination" residency, sparking speculation that her career was on the rocks. At the time, her manager Larry Rudolph said it would be a while before the singer takes to the stage again.
"Domination" was supposed to kick off in February last year, but rehearsals were put on hold when Britney's father fell ill. Rudolph said that, based on what he had heard from "all of the professionals" who work with Britney, it was clear that she would "not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again."
Meanwhile, Britney has been locked in a bitter battle with Jamie over her conservatorship. Recently, the 38-year-old has been fighting to regain control over her estate but on Tuesday Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined her request to remove Jamie as sole conservator.
Jamie's ex-wife, Lynne Spears, said through her attorney that Britney's relationship with her father was "toxic" and noted that her daughter should not be forced to obey her father's unreasonable demands.
"It has broken Lynne's heart that things have come to this point," the attorney, Gladstone N. Jones, said. Lynne believes it is "time to start fresh" and remove Jamie from the conservatorship.
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