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Britney Spears: Singer ‘on cloud nine’ after conservatorship ruling


Britney Spears has said she is “on cloud nine right now”, in what appears to be a response to a judge suspending her father as her conservator.

The singer posted a video of her having a flying lesson, shortly after news that Jamie Spears’ role was suspended.

Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart said it was his “hope and expectation” the conservatorship would be fully terminated at a hearing on 12 November.

Cher and Dionne Warwick were among those welcoming the judge’s decision.

“This will be the start of a new life Brit,” wrote Cher on Twitter, while Warwick uploaded a video in which she expressed her “full support”.

“My heart goes out to Britney Spears,” said the veteran soul star. “I feel her pain. How in the world could anyone endure what she has been enduring?”

LaToya Jackson added: “A huge congratulations to Britney Spears!!!”

In the court hearing in Los Angeles, Judge Brenda Penny formally ended the conservatorship arrangement the star has had with her father since 2008.

She left in place a separate conservatorship with John Zabel, an accountant chosen by the singer’s legal team.

The singer’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart welcomed the court’s decision

Judge Penny ruled the singer’s care be turned over to Mr Zabel “forthwith”, saying it was “in the best interest of the conservatee”.

Spears’ lawyers have requested a new hearing be held in the next 30 to 45 days to decide whether to end the conservatorship altogether, and Mr Rosengart added: “Britney doesn’t believe a mental evaluation is necessary, and I certainly don’t.”

Pandora Sykes, who hosts BBC Sounds’ Pieces of Britney podcast, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was “really good news” that the conservatorship would remain in place for the time being.

“If it had been terminated… there wouldn’t be any opportunity for Britney’s team to gain access to Jamie’s correspondence,” she said.

‘Bringing the ship home’

A recent documentary alleged that a private security film employed by Mr Spears had placed his daughter under constant surveillance.

“By suspending him, they can look into everything before hopefully moving to terminate [the conservatorship] in November,” Sykes added.

Spears wrote on Instagram that she was “bringing the ship home” to ‘JL,’ the initials of her sister Jamie-Lynn.

Her sister used the same expression in a recent post about the North Atlanta Knockouts, a girls’ softball team.

Britney Spears alongside her dad Jamie in 2006

Jamie Spears was appointed guardian of his daughter in 2008 due to concerns about her mental health.

Spears made explosive claims earlier this year that he had abused his position, which her father and his team have repeatedly denied.

Fans from all over the world who have supported Spears’ #FreeBritney campaign have expressed their delight at this week’s developments.

On Wednesday, a rally was held outside the court, and supporters gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square.

When the news broke, supporters outside the Los Angeles courtroom “celebrated wildly,” according to the Press Association.

Benjamin Elgar, a musician, reacted by saying it was “good news” that Mr Spears had been suspended rather than fired “so they can have time to investigate more, everything that’s been going on.”

“She’ll be free after everything that has happened,” he added, “all her fans and media and all the documentaries that have come out really put a lot of pressure on the court to speed up the process.”

Alex Garcia, a salesperson, stated that when the news was announced, “We were yelling at the top of our lungs. Everything we worked for has arrived.”

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