Jamie Spears, father of singer Britney Spears, spoke out this week in his first interview since his daughter’s conservatorship, which he managed, came to an end.
The conservatorship, which ended in November 2021, was in place for 13 years, The Daily Wire reported. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny granted the pop star’s petition to have the agreement terminated.
Penny’s order followed a hearing that September in which she suspended Jamie Spears from having control over Britney’s roughly $60 million estate. In Jamie Spears’ place, Penny appointed a certified public accountant.
Jamie Spears, 70, gave the interview to the Daily Mail, which said it was Spears’ first interview in more than a decade.
“Not everybody’s going to agree with me,” he said. “It’s been one hell of a time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be right now without that conservatorship? And I don’t know if she’d be alive. I don’t.”
“For protecting her, and also protecting the kids, conservatorship was a great tool,” he continued. “Without it, I don’t think she would have got the kids back.”
The report said that Spears now lives with his other daughter, Jamie Lynn, who is Britney Spears’ younger sister. He said that he doesn’t have a lot of contact with Britney Spears’ two sons, which has been hard on him.
“I miss my two boys really, really bad,” he said. “I do. You know, we were very, very close. They were around that age where you could start having a good time with them. But they were developing a mind of their own. God makes things happen for a reason. I don’t know what that reason is but it’s been a tough three years without them. The family’s a mess. All we can do is keep praying.”
Jamie Spears said that the conservatorship was needed to protect the two boys, and said that there were positive family moments along the way.
“We could take the kids to Europe. They didn’t miss time with their mother. They didn’t miss time with their father. Not many people knew that. The main purpose was to get Britney back with her kids in a comfortable relationship,” he said. “We did everything in the world with them.”
Jamie Spears said that most people “don’t have a clue what the truth is” regarding what personal things went on behind the scenes in reference to the conservatorship.
“The media has not heard the truth. They’ve heard the allegations from Britney,” he said. “I don’t mind taking that beating because I know it’s not true, and because I don’t want to start something else. For my daughter to end up going further down the hole than she had been.”