Britney Spears’ father Jamie has branded the #FreeBritney movement “a joke”, amid concerns for the singer’s wellbeing.
#FreeBritney is an online movement started by fans who believe the 38-year-old is being held against her will due to her conservatorship.
Speaking to Page Six, the 68-year-old said: “All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything.”
“The world don’t have a clue. It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Jamie also claimed that the #FreeBritney movement has resulted in people “being stalked and targeted with death threats,” before adding, “It’s horrible. We don’t want those kinds of fans.”
“I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”
Britney’s dad also denied rumours he’s ever stolen from her estate by saying: “I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year. How the hell would I steal something?”
Britney was placed under a conservatorship after she suffered an alleged breakdown back in 2008.
A conservatorship is granted to those who are incapable of making decisions, such as people with mental disabilities.
The arrangement put her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets under the control of her father Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew Wallet.
Jamie served as her conservator for over ten years before he stepped down in September 2019, and was replaced by Britney’s longtime care manager Jodi Montgomery.
The news comes after Britney’s brother Bryan opened up about her conservatorship during a rare interview earlier this month.
The 43-year-old admitted the situation has been “frustrating” and that his younger sister has “wanted to get out of it for quite some time.”
“She’s been in this thing for quite some time now. Obviously there was a need for it in the beginning,” Bryan told Drew Plotkin on the As NOT Seen on TV Podcast.
“Now they’ve made some changes and all we can do is hope for the best,” Bryan said, adding that the conservatorship has “been a great thing for our family, to this point.”
Speaking about their father, Bryan said: “[He did] the best he could given the situation he was put in.”
“We’ve had to work together as a family to keep it all going. One person might be on stage and doing this, but it’s a sacrifice from everybody. Everyone is putting in, to some degree, a little bit to keep everything going.”
Bryan admitted that Britney has always wanted to end the conservatorship and achieve independence.
“She’s always wanted to get out of it. It’s very frustrating to have,” he said.
“Whether someone’s coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating. She’s wanted to get out of it for quite some time.”
“[She’s] been surrounded by a team of people since she was 15. So at what level does everyone walk away or at what level does that get reduced?”
Bryan also addressed the #FreeBritney movement, as the singer’s fans are pushing to end her conservatorship – over concerns for her well-being.
“I don’t quite know what their meaning is,” Bryan said of the fan’s movement, “I don’t follow it that well. But I am aware that they feel like it’s, maybe she’s being confined or held against her will in some capacity, but I can’t really speak for them.”
During the interview, Bryan also raised questions about his sister living without the conservatorship.
“I know what she wants but at the end of the day, what is the reality of that? What is the practicality of that? So are you going to call and make reservations for yourself today?” he asked.
“I’m sure it’s going to be an adjustment. Let’s say it does get let go and she’s on her own — everyday task stuff is probably … it’s a great challenge, but it’s probably going to be. Like driving. She’s the worst driver in the world — I’m not lying. I mean bless her heart, she really is not a really good driver and she hasn’t had to do that,” Bryan said.