BRITNEY Spears’ dad Jamie will keep control of her money and medical needs after a fierce court battle with the singer’s mum Lynne.
US celebrity gossip site TMZ reports how a judge ruled in favour of 66-year-old Jamie after a strong challenge from his ex, who accused him of doing a bad job handling their daughter’s affairs.
Jamie has temporarily stepped down from the role due to medical issues, with case manager Jodi Montgomery taking the reigns until he feels able to take charge again.
TMZ also reports that Jamie hasn’t spoken to Britney since last month after an altercation with her son Sean, 14. A restraining order is currently in place preventing Jamie from having any contact with his grandchildren.
Sources close to the star claim Jamie’s alleged outburst with the teen caused more tension and “ugly arguments”.
To make things harder, the star – who has sold over 100million records worldwide and is worth £59million – has been tied to Jamie financially since 2008, with him controlling her personal and financial decisions under a conservatorship.
Lynne, left, feels Jamie’s done a bad job of handling their daughter’s affairs[/caption]
The once squeaky-clean pop star’s mum tried to gain some control over her finances, and it’s caused no end of stress for Britney.
“Britney and her dad are barely on speaking terms… and there’s been a lot of talk of Britney blaming him for what’s gone on with the custody deal,” a source previously told The Sun.
“It’s heartbreaking, because he’s had some terrible health struggles of his own in recent years.
“Her dad insists he was within his rights to discipline the boy – [he] is a real no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t suffer bad behaviour… but Britney felt she had to tell Kevin what had happened because she was so horrified by how her son had been treated. It’s caused a lot of tension and anguish.
“Britney’s been through hell. She continues to insist that everything’s fine and she has her life under control but it burns like hell that a judge is reducing her access to the boys.
“Of course she loves her dad, but things have been very intense lately and there have been some seriously ugly arguments between them behind the scenes.”
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Britney’s devotion and love for her two sons Jayden James, 12, and Sean has always been clear, and the star is very close to her dad, which will make the recent allegations incredibly difficult for Britney.
Now, it’s been reported that her child custody arrangement has also been adjusted meaning she now has less access to her sons than before, with ex Kevin Federline getting the kids 70 per cent of the time.
“This legal drama with Kevin and the kids has been incredibly stressful, but she insists her conscience is clear – she’s a great mum and the boys love her and that’s all that should count,” our source says.
“She is furious with Jamie for putting her in yet another position where everyone’s looking at her parenting, with the limelight once again on her and Kevin’s custody drama.
“She is terrified of losing even more access to her kids, and this has only made her more threatened and upset.”
The star previously lost custody of the two boys in 2007 after a very public mental breakdown, which saw the distressed star shave her own head before attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella.
A judge granted full custody to her ex Kevin Federline, much to Britney’s distress.
In 2008 she was then arrested after locking herself in a bathroom with her one year old son Jayden.
The drama ended with Britney being stretchered away from her home after a four-hour stand off in an ambulance.
As a result of Britney’s public meltdown, the star has been under the conservatorship of her father since 2008 – meaning she is unable to make personal or financial decisions without her father’s approval.
But earlier this year it was reported Britney wanted to take back some control over her life and make her own decisions.
The star reportedly asked a judge for “more freedom” in a hearing, and her mum, Lynne was also understood to be trying to gain access to her daughter’s medical records after fans claimed the singer was being “held against her will” in rehab, with the hashtag ‘FreeBritney’ trending.
It’s not the first time Britney’s reliant relationship with her dad has come under scrutiny, and it’s thought that recent events involving Britney’s son being granted a restraining order against Jamie following abuse claims have done little to help.
Our source added: “Things with Britney’s parents have been dramatic and tense for years, but Britney tries to stay on terms with both of them.
“It’s no secret her mum wants a bigger role in her life, but Jamie is a very take charge kind of guy who insists on being front and centre of everything he can involving Britney.
“That will have to change now though, especially since Britney’s essentially pulled herself and the kids away from him and he’s in danger of losing his grip on the conservatorship.
“Lynne’s big dream is to take charge of this situation and straighten it all out, and Britney’s not opposed to having help with her mum, but her big thing is that doesn’t think she needs all this micro managing – by her mum, dad or anyone.”
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