Lynn Spears, 66, is finally speaking out after the shocking conservatorship ruling denying her daughter Britney, 39, her freedom. "I got mixed feelings about everything," she said, according to the New Yorker feature story written by Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino. "I don't know what to think."
This compelling case has caught the attention of the world as fans of the pop star have been demanding Spears be given back control of her life. As it stands now, Britney's estranged father, Jamie Spears, 68, remains a co-conservator. He was fully in charge of his daughter's person and finances until 2019.
As it stands now Jodi Montgomery and Jamie share co-conservatorship along with Bessemer Trust. However, Bessemer Trust has recently requested to remove itself from the conservatorship.
Lynne admits that she's not handled the bitter battle between father and daughter very well. "It's a lot of pain, a lot of worry," she shared in the New Yorker and admitted she is "good at deflecting."
Britney claims her father "taunted her as fat," and "a terrible mother" shortly after her conservatorship first began according to Jacqueline Butcher, a friend of the pop star. Butcher spoke to the New Yorker about the abuse Britney has endured from her controlling father.
Opening up about the dark days when Britney was publicly mid breakdown and was considered a danger to herself and her children, Butcher revealed just how terrible Jamie treated his psychiatric hospitalized daughter.
The friend was present in the hospital room with Lynne when she observed Jamie sitting at a desk when he said, "You're fat. Daddy's gonna get you on a diet and a trainer, and you're gonna back in shape."
But according to Butcher things only got worse for her friend. "He [Jamie] would get all in her face, spittle was flying, telling her she was a w***e and a terrible mother." "
"Spears was told that she could see her kids again only if she cooperated. Lynne was just, like, 'Obey Daddy and they'll let. you out.'" Butcher alleges.
While all this was going on Lynne was doing very little to stop the abuse. Butcher recalled to the New Yorker that she prefer her daughter "resent Jamie, rather than her, when it was all over."
The few times Lynne would speak up she was quickly shot down. At one point Jamie apparently yelled in regards to his control over his daughter's life, "I am Britney Spears!".
The Spears' divorced in 2002 after 24 years of marriage and only recently has Lynne begun to speak about the abuse and defend her daughter. Recently, she filed an objection to a $890,000 in fees billed by Jamie's attorneys claiming the fees were not "Performed in good faith for the benefit" of Britney.
In Britney's heartbreaking June 23 testimony to win back her personal and financial freedom she told the court, "There's a lot of judges who do end conservatorships for people without them having to be evaluated all the time."
"The only times they don't is if a concerned family member says something's wrong with this person. And considering my family has lived off my conservatorship for 13 years, I won't be surprised if one of them has something to say going forward, and say, 'We don't think this should end, we have to help her.' Especially if I get my fair turn exposing what they did to me."