Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father, was born in Kentwood, Louisiana, in 1953. His childhood was fraught with tragedy. His mother, Emma Jean Spears, took her own life at 32 following a miscarriage. She chose to end her life at the grave of her deceased baby boy. A mere four years later, James Parnell Spears was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of his friend and fellow high school football player. Two years later, he’d marry his first wife, Debbie Sanders Cross. Their marriage lasted only three years. Their divorce was finalized in 1975, and Jamie Spears wed Lynne Bridges in 1976.
Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears Rocky Start
Their 1976 wedding was a happy time for Lynne and Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ parents. They were young and in love. They were so in love that they welcomed their first child, Bryan, in 1977. However, their marriage quickly began to fall apart. The drama between Lynne and Jamie Spears began almost immediately. Following his heartbreaking childhood and the many things he lived through as a child that no child should ever experience, Jamie Spears began to find solace at the bottom of a bottle. Alcoholism became a problem. His wife took their toddler son and filed for divorce in 1980. Terrified that he would harm her when he was served with divorce papers, Lynne Spears sought a restraining order. However, despite the danger she felt she was in, she gave her husband another chance.
Lynne and Jamie Spears, Britney Spears Parents, Welcome Their Second Child
Following their traumatic divorce filing and subsequent reconciliation in 1980, Jamie and Lynne Spears were again preparing to welcome another baby. Britney Spears was born in 1981, and these two had no idea they’d change the world with the birth of this child. Britney was an active child who loved to sing, dance, and act, and she became the world’s most famous pop star before she was a legal adult. Her parents did not know she would be the most famous pop star in the world, that she would eventually suffer a massive breakdown, or that her own father would become her conservator, yet it all happened. By 2002, Britney Spears’s parents were divorced, her father was back in the bottle, and he was in rehab to control his alcoholism 2004. Her parents eventually reunited in 2010 but ended their relationship in 2020.
Jamie Spears and Britney Spears Legal Issues
By 2007, Britney Spears had shaved her head publicly, welcomed two children with her backup singer husband, and went through something traumatic. Rather than trying to help her, her parents decided to have her held in a psychiatric facility involuntarily. Her behavior was erratic, but she seemingly pulled her life together closer to the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. She was working again. The media dubbed her the queen of the comeback. Yet, her father still maintained control over her life in a legal capacity.
What is a conservatorship? Essentially, a conservatorship is when an adult takes legal responsibility over another adult. For most, this occurs when a family member is no longer medically capable of caring for their own life, and another family member needs to do it. This might mean someone with a degenerative disease or mental health issues. The idea is that this person can no longer make their own decisions.
Did Britney Spears Need a Conservator?
At the end of the day, we are not legal or medical professionals. However, the relationship she has with her father and the many years he controls every decision she makes seems over the top. Many other celebrities and people in the world make their own decisions with far worse health, drug, or mental health issues than Britney Spears. Yet, her father remained in control of her life financially and personally for more than 13 years. why? What is the real story behind this?
No one knows, but Britney Spears has publicly announced that her father, her mother, and an unnamed woman working with them made the decision to take control of Spears and her financial life well in advance. It wasn’t until Britney accused her father of exploiting her and her financial means that he was removed as conservator, and she was given her freedom. The Free Britney movement was a big one, and many will forever blame her father for her life issues. Being controlled like this for well over a decade, throughout the entire decade of your 30s, is a lot, and it’s taken its toll on the famous pop star. Jamie Spears, Britney Spears’ father, likely has no chance of ever having a positive relationship with his daughter again.