For Britney Spears it is another significant step on the way to a self-determined life: After 13 years, the singer’s father wants to step down as guardian for his daughter.
James Spears filed an application to the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday to end the guardianship, US media reported unanimously. NBC News quoted the application as saying that his daughter has the right to have this court seriously examine whether guardianship is no longer necessary. The living conditions of the 39-year-olds have changed “to such an extent that the reasons for the appointment of a guardian no longer exist”.
Numerous Spears fans celebrated the news on social networks – often with the hashtag “#FreeBritney”, which many supporters had used in recent months to support the singer. “Finally,” wrote a user on Instagram. “A new era is dawning,” said a Twitter user.
In early September, Britney Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, had already urged her father to resign as guardian immediately. Rosengart accused James – also known as Jamie – Spears of continuing to try to enrich himself on his daughter. James Spears had announced a month ago that he would step down at the “right time” and that a “proper transition” to appoint a new guardian as a condition for his departure.