The Cost of Keep­ing Brit­ney Spears $ober:

Cor­ral­ing the pop star onto the straight and nar­row adds up to a small for­tune.

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CAN you put a price on hap­pi­ness and health? Yes— half a mil­lion dol­lars! At least that’s the bill Brit­ney Spears re­ceives each year, thanks to the mas­sive team of han­dlers, coaches and min­ders tasked with keep­ing the pop star sober and med­i­cated. At­tor­ney An­drew Wal­let — the con­ser­va­tor of 36-year-old Brit­ney’s es­tate — al­leged he's owed $426,000 a year for keep­ing “lit­er­ally hun­dreds of peo­ple” from pro­vid­ing “il­le­gal sub­stances to the con­ser­va­tee,” ac­cord­ing to a mo­tion he filed in Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court. Brit­ney’s es­tate was placed un­der the care of (the ap­pro­pri­ately named) Mr. Wal­let not long af­ter her 2007 melt­down, when she shaved her head and at­tacked a pho­tog­ra­pher’s car with an um­brella. By Jan. 3 of 2008, Brit hit rock bot­tom when cops found her drugged up and locked in her bath­room with her two kids, Sean and Jay­den, now 13 and 12 — re­fus­ing to re­lin­quish cus­tody to her ex Kevin Fed­er­line. She spent the next sev­eral months bounc­ing in and out of re­hab. The at­tor­ney al­leges that Brit­ney’s is­sues con­tin­ued dur­ing her Las Ve­gas res­i­dency,, but be­cause of his vig­i­lance he took her net worth from nearly zero to $20 mil­lion! In­deed, Star’s source spills that ever since Brit be­gan her Ve­gas gigs back in 2013, her team was so fo­cused on keep­ing her sober that they were drug-test­ing ev­ery­one around her: “Any­one who works with Brit­ney, be it her trainer or her hair­styl­ist, has to be tested and open to ran­dom pat-downs.” Brit­ney and Wal­let are due to set­tle the bill in court on Nov. 19. Star will keep you posted!

You Bet­ter Work, Brit Be­hind the scenes hun­dreds of han­dlers helped keep the pop star from re­peat­ing her in­fa­mous 2007/2008 melt­down, be­low.

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