Britney Spears' Dad claimed the star had dementia in conservatorship struggle - new documentary reveals

The pop icon has been tied into a conservatorship for years

US singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on July 22, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
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A NY Times documentary revealed, earlier this year, how Britney Spears has been tied into a conservatorship for the last 13 years  - at the hands of her father.

However, a new BBC documentary claims that her father said that the pop icon was suffering from dementia - in a bid to remain keep control over her finances. 

Father Jamie has had been controlling the singer for years - however fans have rallied around her since the Framing Britney Spears documentary and the rise of the #FreeBritney movement. 

In the documentary, which will air on the BBC next week, called The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship,  journalist Mobeen Azhar says he thought the claim was just a 'conspiracy theory' until he started investigating it.

"There are a couple of fan sites who said they have got hold of paperwork surrounding the conservatorship," he told the Mirror.

However, he went on to say: "You have to tick a box justifying the reason and the box that is ticked, it says 'The order is related to dementia placement or treatment as specified'."

Fans claim that the singer can't have dementia - as she's released albums and been on multiple tours since her conservatorship began.

According to Variety, Britney is set to appear in court on June 23 to discuss her 13-year-long conservatorship. Samuel Ingham, the probate attorney who is appointed to represent the musician, allegedly asked to set a date on an expedited basis, although specifics have yet to be revealed. 

Fans have taken to social media to express their excitement and relief that Britney will finally get to speak her piece. Although many have wondered how this whole ordeal truly affects her—some even go as far as to scrutinize her social media activity—but the singer reassured fans she's happy in an Instagram video. 

"The next question is 'Am I OK?' Yes, I'm totally fine," she said. "I'm extremely happy. I have a beautiful home, beautiful children. I'm taking a break right now because I'm enjoying myself."

Sarah Finley
Sarah Finley

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