For the past 12 years, Britney Spears‘ father has had strict and broad control over her life and career and now she’s looking for emancipation.

The 38-year-old pop superstar recently asked the courts that her father not return to the role of conservator of her person, which gave him power over her major life decisions from 2008 until 2019, when he temporarily stepped aside, citing health problems. “Britney is strongly opposed to James return as conservator of her person,” the document filed by her court-appointed lawyer says. The conservatorship, known in some states as a guardianship, gave James Spears power over his daughter’s career choices and much of her personal life since her 2008 meltdown, including her relationship with her teenage sons. Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline has custody of the boys, but she still has frequent visits with them.

Realizing that the Mississippi-born artist will not get away from being controlled in some way, she has pleaded to appoint her own conservator. Spears says she wants Jodi Montgomery, who has been serving as conservator of her person temporarily, to do so permanently, but she says that doesn’t mean she is waiving her right to seek an end to the entire arrangement at some point.

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