Britney Spears Fights Against Conservatorship in Court Showdown

Britney Spears fans around the world today are waiting with bated breath, with singer due to directly address a Los Angeles courtroom about her conservatorship.

Per her own request, the 39-year-old pop star will give a rare testimony on the conservatorship, which has been placed on her since 2008.

At present, it is unclear if the court testimony will be open to the public, but Spears' relationship with her father Jamie Spears is expected to be at the center of the hearing.

Jamie Spears has had tight control over her life, finances and health decision since her public breakdown in 2007.

New leaked court documents obtained by The New York Times have shown that the singer has been trying to end her father's control over her life and finances for more than a decade.

In September 2020, Britney's lawyer, Samuel Ingham, told the court she was "vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret."

In November, Ingham said Spears was "afraid" of her father and would not perform again while he remained in control of the conservatorship.

In April, Spears' legal team petitioned the court to expedite a hearing, which is now imminent.

The hearing at 1.30 p.m. local time PST and a large crowd of Free Britney supporters are expected to gather.

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Supporters of the FreeBritney movement rally in support of musician Britney Spears following a conservatorship court hearing in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 2021. - Free Britney supporters of fans of Spears have closely followed her conservatorship case and rallied that the pop singer should be legally allowed to decide her own affairs. Patrick T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Britney Spears' conservatorship has always raised questions from fans as such an arrangement is usually reserved for older people who can no longer make decisions for themselves.

But the "Lucky" hitmaker still worked steadily for a number of years while under the conservatorship, releasing four albums, holding a Las Vegas residency and appearing as a judge on The X Factor.

Earlier this year, a lawyer specializing in conservatorships told Newsweek: "The majority of conservatorship cases involve either elderly people with cognitive decline, or people with intellectual disabilities."

Alexander Ripps, attorney at Bohm Wildish & Matsen added: "It's much rarer to see someone who seemingly can function at a high level, particularly a performer like Britney Spears.

Ripps thinks this "makes it even more likely that there are factors 'behind the scenes' that the public isn't privy to."

Perhaps the public will find out about some of these behind-the-scenes factors today.

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#FreeBritney activists protest outside Courthouse in Los Angeles during Conservatorship Hearing on April 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

The latest hearing comes just a day after The New York Times published damning court filings that show the pop star struggling with her relationship with her father and his control of the conservatorship for the last decade.

The paper quoted documents that say Jamie Spears controlled who his daughter could be friends with and that he even once used a stint in a mental health facility as a punishment for "objecting" during a rehearsal.

However, earlier this year an attorney for Jamie Spears stated that he is a "fiercely loving, dedicated and loyal father who rescued his daughter from a life-threatening situation."