Townsville Bulletin

FREE AT LAST? BRIT’S BIG BREAK

- LOS ANGELES:

Britney Spears has taken a huge step towards regaining control of her life after her father filed a legal petition to end his daughter’s court-ordered conservato­rship.

The filing comes weeks after Jamie Spears said he was prepared to step back from his role as conservato­r, and after repeated requests from the pop star to remove him from what she says is an “exploitati­ve” and “cruel” arrangemen­t. “Recent events have called into question whether … grounds for the establishm­ent of a conservato­rship may no longer exist,” the filing states.

The filing adds that Mr Spears wants “what is best for his daughter” and that she “believes that she can handle her own life”.

Mathew Rosengart, Britney’s lawyer, said the petition was a “vindicatio­n” for his client.

Britney, 39, rocketed to fame in her teens but suffered a highly public mental breakdown in 2007.

That led to her being placed under the unusual legal guardiansh­ip largely governed by her father.

She has repeatedly lashed out at her father, saying she has been a “prisoner” while he has profited from her.

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 ?? Pictures: AFP ?? Britney may soon be released from the control of her father (below).
Pictures: AFP Britney may soon be released from the control of her father (below).

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