EXCLUSIVE: Britney Spears enjoys a joy ride in her Mercedes as she’s spotted for the first time since her conservatorship was terminated
- The 39-year-old pop star was pictured out for the first time since her conservatorship’s end
- Spears was seen taking her Mercedes for a joy ride in Thousand Oaks and making a few phone calls
- The 13-year court ordered conservatorship was terminated by Judge Brenda Penny in a Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday November 12
- It was added that no further medical or psychological evaluations would be required
- Her attorney Mathew Rosengart called it a ‘monumental day’ for the singer
- ‘What’s next for Britney is up to one person — and this is the first time we can say this in a decade’ he told reporters
- She had made mention of suing her father Jamie Spears who was conservator of her estate for conservatorship abuse
Britney Spears was spotted for the first time as a free woman following her conservatorship’s end on Friday November 12.
In images obtained by DailyMail.com, the 39-year-old pop star was seen taking her Mercedes coupe out for a little joy ride on Sunday and making a few phone calls after pulling her car over.
Both her car and phone usage had been heavily monitored and restricted under her overbearing conservatorship, which was finally terminated after 13 years.
Free woman! Britney Spears was pictured taking her Mercedes coupe for a little joy ride in Los Angeles just days after a Judge Brenda Penny terminated her conservatorship
Quick trip: She cruised around Thousand Oaks for about 30 minutes and chatted on her cellphone before driving back to her gated estate
Britney looked at ease to be living life on her own terms as she drove around her Thousand Oaks neighborhood.
The Circus singer was seen in a colorful crew neck with sunglasses on and her blonde hair up in a messy bun.
She cruised around the canyons for about 30 minutes and parked her car in a safe location to take a few phone calls before driving back to her gated estate.
Given the short span of time she was out and about, it seemed as if she was approaching her re-entrance into the world with a bit of caution.
The little things: Both her car and phone usage had been heavily monitored and restricted under her overbearing conservatorship which was finally terminated after 13 years
Ring ring: Britney went casual for the brief outing as she flashed what looked to be a colorful crew neck sweatshirt
Baby steps: Given the short span of time she was out and about, it seemed as if she was approaching her re-entrance into the world with caution
Among a laundry list of restrictions she incurred under the conservatorship, it was alleged in the Controlling Britney Spears documentary that her cellphone had been bugged by her conservators and security team.
A former employee of security firm Black Box named Alex Vlasov, detailed how her team spoke about putting parental controls on her iPhone and even created a mirror of Britney’s phone via an iPad so all her communication could be monitored without her knowledge.
After the bombshell allegations Spears’ hand-selected attorney Mathew S. Rosengart called for a ‘full and aggressive’ investigation of the claims and called it a ‘striking example of the deprivation of her civil liberties.’
In October Rosengart filed an 110-page petition to depose father Jamie Spears as conservator, and also asked for discovery related to alleged surveillance of the pop star.
Different ballgame: Spears had previously spoken about the joys of being able to drive alone in a July post as she wrote ‘It’s been a while since I drove alone and well let’s just say it’s a DIFFERENT BALLGAME’
Finally free: Judge Penny terminated the court-ordered conservatorship with no further medical or psychological evaluations on Friday November 12
Additionally Rosengart had raised objections over some of the financial compensation Jamie had sought, which included $540,000 for ‘media matters.’
Spears first spoke out against her father and the ‘abusive’ conservatorship in June, asking Judge Brenda Penny to revoke the conservatorship without having to be evaluated.
In August he stepped down as conservator of her estate following Spears’ petition asking that he be removed from his position and spoke about charging him with conservatorship abuse, and in September he was officially suspended.
On Friday November 12, Judge Penny terminated the court-ordered conservatorship in a Los Angeles County Superior Court with no further medical or psychological evaluations.
Rosengart told the judge ‘The time has come today to end the conservatorship’ and later called it a ‘monumental day’ for the pop star.
‘What’s next for Britney is up to one person — and this is the first time we can say this in a decade. It’s up to Britney,’ he told reporters. Britney, as of today, is a free woman.’
Long battle: Spears first spoke out against her father and the ‘abusive’ conservatorship in June, asking Judge Penny to revoke the conservatorship without having to be evaluated
And as she had publicly talked about suing her family — namely father Jamie — he added that it would be ‘up to her’ if there were to be a lawsuit.
‘My dad [Jamie] may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago … but what people don’t know is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea,’ the singer had written in a post.
A source familiar with the case confirmed that Spears had hired forensic accountants and did intend to sue her father Jamie for ‘conservatorship abuse.’
‘She’s mad as hell and you can expect to see a lawsuit filed against Jamie Spears very soon,’ the insider shared adding that ‘She blames her father for, effectively, ruining her life for the past 13 years.’
With a $60M net worth per recent financial documents, her father had been in control of her fortune when he became sole conservator of her estate in 2019.
Smiling big: Spears’ fiance Sam Asghari, 27, was pictured with a huge smile plastered on his face on Saturday November 13, as he ran errands in West Hollywood
Supportive: ‘History was made today. Britney is free!’ Asghari wrote on Instagram following the termination
Last November a court had ruled not to suspend Mr. Spears as conservator, and instead granted financial institution Bessemer Trust joint control over the estate, making them co-conservators.
He had denied any wrongdoing, saying his daughter’s $60 million fortune was protected under his guidance.
Following the conservatorship’s end after 13 years, Britney shared a video of her #FreeBritney supporters and wrote: ‘Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen.’
Her fiance Sam Asghari also penned a post of support as he wrote: ‘History was made today. Britney is free!’
Additional celebrities including Lady Gaga and Cher also rejoiced following a very public conservatorship battle that gained renewed interest following a push from the #FreeBritney movement.
New wheels? He also looked to show off a brand new baby blue vintage Mustang which he was seen driving off in after getting in a workout
First glimpses: The personal trainer/actor had additionally shared a glimpse into Spears’ first days as a free woman as he posted a snap of her cradling her dog with the caption ‘Baby & Mama’
Asghari, 27, was pictured beaming with a huge smile plastered on his face as he ran errands in West Hollywood on November 13 — one day after the conservatorship’s end.
He also looked to show off a brand new baby blue vintage Mustang which he was seen driving off in after getting in a workout.
And the personal trainer/actor had additionally shared a glimpse into Spears’ first days as a free woman as he posted a snap of her cradling her dog with the caption ‘Baby & Mama.’
Asghari popped the question in mid September nearly five years after they first began dating.
She had previously said in her June testimony that matters such as her ability to get married and have a baby were barred under the ‘abusive’ conservatorship.
TIMELINE OF BRITNEY’S COMPLEX CONSERVATORSHIP AND HOW IT BEGAN
Britney with her father, brother and mother in 2006. Her parents separated
2002: Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears divorce.
Britney breaks up with Justin Timberlake around the same time.
2004: Britney marries Kevin Federline.
2005: Britney and Kevin welcome their first child, Sean Preston Federline.
2006: Jayden James Federline, Britney and Kevin’s second child, is born.
2007: Britney, struggling through a custody battle and split with Kevin, shaves her head and attacks a paparazzo’s car.
2008: Jamie Spears files for conservatorship of Britney, claiming she is not legally well enough to make her own decisions.
Britney in 2008 for a custody hearing as part of her split with Kevin Federline. Jamie Spears in court in 2008 getting the conservatorship
2009-2019: QUIET CONSERVATORSHIP YEARS
The conservatorship – which had been temporary – is extended every year.
In court papers, Jamie’s attorneys describe how she is making more money.
JANUARY 2019: THE ARRANGEMENT STARTS TO CRUMBLE
Britney in 2019, in the grips of the conservatorship, in Las Vegas at her residency
Britney announces an ‘indefinite’ work hiatus and cancels her lucrative Las Vegas residency.
Jamie files paperwork asking for the conservatorship to be extended beyond California, to apply in Hawaii, Louisiana and Florida as well.
He steps down as her primary conservator after allegations he abused one of her sons but is still listed as one of those in charge.
EARLY 2020: Britney, Jamie and Jamie-Lynne are in Louisiana together for two weeks.
The #FreeBritney movement is picking up.
Jamie’s attorneys claim everyone is happy together and enjoying spending time together in quarantine.
NOVEMBER 2020: Britney’s attorneys claim in papers that she is afraid of her father and asks for Bessemer Trust to be put in charge.
Her fans start speculating over her cryptic Instagram posts and videos that she wants a way out.
DECEMBER 2020: The conservatorship is extended until September 2021.
FEBRUARY 5, 2021: Framing Britney Spears debuts on Hulu.
The conservatorship that Britney was put under is ordinarily used in situations where older, perhaps senile people, can no longer look after their own affairs.
Fans are concerned for her well-being and have demanded that she be released from the control of her father, Jamie
It gives control over to an appointed conservator for the best interest of the recipient but in most cases, the recipient is not healthy enough to make their own money, unlike Britney who makes millions. Under the rules of the probate conservatorship, Jamie now has equal control over her estate to a third party and an attorney, Andrew Wallet.
Wallet derives a salary of $426,000 a year from Britney’s estate.
He, Jamie and the third party who was brought on recently can make deals on her behalf and restrict her visitors.
JUNE 23, 2021 – BRITNEY SPEAKS OUT IN COURT
Britney and her boyfriend Sam Asghari
In an emotional testimony, Britney told the court that she had suffered psychologically for years as a result of the conservatorship which she said was so restrictive, she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD birth control.
JUNE 30, 2021 – JUDGE DENIES BRITNEY’S REQUEST TO REMOVE JAMIE
Judge Brenda Penny, responding to Britney’s November 2020 request, refuses to remove Jamie from the agreement.
She doesn’t say why but she does invite her attorney to file paperwork to end it, which he doesn’t.
JULY 1, 2021 – BESSEMER TRUST RESIGNS AFTER BEING PUT IN CHARGE WITH JAMIE
A day after the judge’s ruling, Bessemer Trust, which had been brought on, resigned, saying they were never aware that Britney wanted to end the conservatorship.
In a court filing, the company’s attorneys said: ‘We heard her and respect her wishes.’
JULY 5, 2021 – BRITNEY’S LONG-TIME MANAGER RESIGNS
Larry Rudolph wrote a letter to Jamie and the conservatorship to say he was no longer needed since Britney wanted to retire.
He said he hadn’t spoken to her for two years but had been told by others that she wanted to step down.
JULY 6, 2021 – BRITNEY’S ATTORNEY STEPS DOWN
Sam Ingham, the attorney appointed to represent Britney in 2008, steps down after failing to file paperwork to terminate the conservatorship, despite her pleas.
JULY 14, 2021 -BRITNEY WINS RIGHT TO CHOOSE HER OWN LAWYER
A Los Angeles court granted Britney the right to choose a lawyer to help her end her conservatorship, after she told a judge the current situation was ‘allowing my dad to ruin my life.’ She chose former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart as her new attorney.
JULY 23, 2021 – BRITNEY FLASHES HER BOOBS ON INSTAGRAM
Singer’s semi-nude post was hailed by fans including Paris Hilton as evidence of her determination to become a ‘free woman’.
JULY 27, 2021 – LYNNE SPEARS AGREES TO TESTIFY IN SUPPORT OF HER DAUGHTER
The singer’s mother’s attack on Jamie gives her a powerful new ally in her bid to be freed.
AUGUST 12, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS AGREES TO STEP DOWN AS CONSERVATOR
Jamie’s lawyers filed court documents saying that he will step down, and provide an orderly transition to another conservator.
He said that he was doing so because he felt a public argument with his daughter was not in her best interests.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 – JAMIE SPEARS FILES TO END THE CONSERVATORSHIP
Jamie states that his daughter ‘is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required.’
The filing went on to say that Britney Spears’ circumstances have changed ‘to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.’
SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 – JAMIE SUSPENDED FROM CONSERVATORSHIP
LA Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled to suspend Jamie as the conservator of Britney’s estate.
Accountant John Zabel has been named as the temporary replacement conservator.
NOVEMBER 2, 2021 – JAMIE FILES TO END THE CONSERVATORSHIP IMMEDIATELY, RELINQUISHING ALL FINANCIAL CLAIMS
Jamie Spears filed court documents declaring that he was leaving the arrangement immediately, handing over all documents, and not seeking any financial benefit.
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