Britney Spears: Singer’s conservatorship case explained

First taste of stardom

Britney Spears, 16, catapults to the top of global pop charts with her debut single …Baby One More Time.

Image caption The teenage Spears generated both controversy and a loyal fandom

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More than 20 years later, her debut album of the same name remains the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.

Personal struggles burst into public view

Spears is hounded by the press amid a tumultuous custody argument with ex-husband Kevin Federline, allegations that she is an unfit mother and questions about her mental health.

Image caption Spears was often pictured fleeing from tabloid photographers

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Amid the tabloid frenzy, she is captured on camera shaving her head. A few days later, she smashes a paparazzo’s SUV repeatedly with an umbrella.

Spears’ father becomes her conservator

After stints in hospital and rehab, Spears’ father Jamie petitions a Los Angeles court to place his daughter under a permanent conservatorship. He is charged with making decisions about her career, in addition as her estate and financial affairs.

The conservatorship is extended indefinitely later that year.

Image caption Spears leaving a restaurant in Beverly Hills with her father Jamie

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Las Vegas residency

Despite being unable to manager her own affairs, Spears continues to work. After rehabilitating her image with a successful seventh studio album and several appearances on television, she begins a four-year concert residency in Las Vegas.

Image caption Spears onstage at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas

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Tussling over the conservatorship

Spears says she is taking a break from work because of her father’s health issues. Later in the year, Jamie Spears steps away as her conservator temporarily, citing his poor health.

Britney Spears indicates by her lawyers that she no longer wants her father to be involved in handling her career. A lawyer says Spears is “afraid of her father” and will not return to the stage as long as he retains control.

Framing Britney Spears film premieres

A New York Times documentary about the pop star’s rise and fall, in addition as about her treatment by the media, generates mass public interest in her conservatorship.

Britney speaks out

Image caption Supporters of Britney Spears outside the courthouse in Los Angeles

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In explosive court testimony, Britney Spears alleges she was drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from having more children under the conservatorship.

She says she will not perform again while her father retains control over her career, and officially requests for him to be replaced as her conservator.

Father plans to stand down

Jamie Spears says he is ready to step down as his daughter’s conservator “when the time is right” and pledges to participate in an “orderly change”.

He later asks the court if the conservatorship itself should continue, saying his daughter should be given the chance to manage her own affairs.

Father suspended as conservator

At a court in Los Angeles, a estimate suspends Jamie Spears from the legal arrangement that gave him control over his daughter’s life.

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