Britney Spears ‘doesn’t want to work’ because she resents her conservatorship

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Britney Spears hasn’t worked much since fall 2018. That was when her father, Jamie Spears, got sick and needed surgery and months of rehab. Britney had been set to start another Las Vegas residency at the time, and the residency was postponed (and then canceled, I believe). Her performances are not her only income, obviously. She has a back catalogue of music which is still bought, downloaded and licensed for all kinds of things. She makes millions of dollars a year from her successful fragrance lines. I’m sure she has other revenue streams too.

The point is that Britney doesn’t actually have to work. Jamie always wanted to keep Britney busy because he thought it was healthier for her, and because she brought in a lot of money with her tours and residencies, and he got a cut of that income as her conservator. Sh-t went off the rails last year with the conservatorship though, and we’re still seeing the strain between Britney and Jamie. Now Us Weekly says Britney doesn’t want to work anymore, and she absolutely hates how much money Jamie has made off of her.

Setting her boundaries! Britney Spears “doesn’t want to work” out of resentment for her father, Jamie Spears, and the rules of her conservatorship, a source exclusively reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.

The “Toxic” singer, 38, has been enjoying her time away from the spotlight, and hasn’t planned to release new music anytime soon as a form of protest against her conservatorship, which Jamie, 67, has controlled since 2008. As conservator, Jamie has power over the Grammy winner’s multimillion dollar estate, her personal affairs, her relationships and even her taxes.

“Britney has expressed that she doesn’t want to work again because she doesn’t want to continue to essentially keep herself under the conservatorship,” the source tells Us. “Britney resents that her dad is given a monthly allowance which is around $10,000 a month for his services overseeing her finances.”

A second insider confirms that the former Mouseketeer “is in no rush” to record new music. “The thought barely crosses her mind. This is the longest break between album cycles in her career — it’s coming up on four years since Glory was released — and she’s perfectly content with it,” the source adds.

[From Us Weekly]

I think Britney is still unhappy with her conservatorship and she’s still got major issues with her father, absolutely. But I actually think that’s sort of a separate issue from “Britney doesn’t want to work.” I don’t think it’s as straight line of “Britney doesn’t want to work because she’s mad about her conservatorship.” She is just tired of being a performer. I don’t believe she enjoys it anymore. She’s gotten to the point in her life where she just wants to be in one place, with her boyfriend, dancing and hanging out and being a mom. That’s my feeling. But yeah, she probably feels like Jamie was using her and pushing her to perform. That’s because he was.

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  1. Arb says:

    Good for her. She’s not actually a slave 4 us.

  2. JanetDR says:

    She shouldn’t have to! She has worked enough for rest for as long as she wants to. I hope she has a nice rest and only does as much as she wants in the future.

    • kellebelle says:

      The amounts of money she makes from her perfume lines alone is out of this world, so she doesn’t need to work. She should do something as it’d be good for her mental health, but that’s up to her.

    • Eleonor says:

      She has been in the business since when? The age of 13een? More than 20 years for surem so if she doesn’t have to work and she wants stop to me she must stop.

      • Lady D says:

        “13een” That’s cute, I’m going to have to us that.

      • Eleonor says:

        @ Lady D: I didn’t even think about it! I am an Italian currently living in France, and on lockdown…these are crazy days :( please be safe and stay at home if you can!

      • Lady D says:

        I hope you can stay safe too, Eleonor. It’s a scary time to be in Italy right now. Cases are climbing in BC too, although not as bad as New York. There’s over 10,000 cases in NY as of this morning.
        I’m staying home and avoiding people too. Fortunately the road I live on is over a kilometer in length with only 3 houses and 3 little businesses on it, so I can go for a walk and see almost no one, other than a passing car or two.
        Good luck Eleonor and everyone else on this site too. Stay safe.

  3. anon says:

    Her family has treated her like a show pony since she became the main breadwinner as a little girl. Then Kevin Federline came along and jumped on the gravy train, so in between this sponging loser and her dad, who could blame her for sitting on her ass?

    She has money. She doesn’t need to work.

    Britney, gurl, you’ve worked hard. You just enjoy your damn life.

  4. Babadoosh says:

    10 grand a month isn’t that much money. It’s not like he’s making millions. This whole thing is weird.

    • MB says:

      Agreed. $120k a year for all the stuff he is responsible for is nothing.

    • clomo says:

      Especially when you think about how much another manager/man in her life might take. A small price for insurance against grifters.

  5. BeansAndToast says:

    I’ve been feeling like Britney has been over it for some time. Britney just wants to stay at home with her kids, eat hot dogs and Cheetos, and work out.

    I’d love to see her retire from singing and touring, then open up dance studios and maybe act in Lifetime movies.

  6. Lily says:

    This pandemic is great for britney if kevin can bring her the kids. Great excuse not to work. Do what you want Britney! Self isolate!

  7. Nao says:

    The thing is, if she suffers from mental illness, having a schedule is a very good and very healthy thing. Being able to rely on where you’re going to be and what you’ll be doing is often highly beneficial. Working, keeping busy, whatever you call it, is good for everyone. If she’s let loose to have total freedom with millions of dollars at her disposal and no responsibility, I can guarantee it will be umbrellagate all over again.

    • BrickyardUte says:

      Thank you. Obviously we are all only speculating. But as someone who used to really follow her closely, her parents had to come in and wrestle control away from the leeches who were literally grinding up pills to secretly feed her to control her. These scumbags exploited her mental health condition and decimated her fortune and made it so she was not allowed to see her kids.
      Her dad is not a saint by any means but he has helped her to stabilize her life, gotten her boys being able to spend time with her and I believe has encouraged the Vegas residency for consistency and schedule which has also rebuilt her fortune. Every time she goes off the rails, it’s because her father has become incapacitated in some way. He tried to give one of her previous fiancées control of the conservatorship but they broke up.
      I cannot/will not excuse his violent actions toward his grandson, but I also think teenagers push against authority and I cannot imagine Brittney gives him much and this last incident could be stemming from that.
      She should not have to work if she does not want to, but she is seriously mentally ill and might not always “want” to do what she needs to do to keep custody of her children.
      The fact that she still has this agreement in place for this long in her late 30’s and it is supported by Kevin (he wants more money but originally would only agree to partial custody for her with Jamie as the conservator) should tell us this is a serious mental health issue.

    • WorkingForWeekend says:

      I’m with you on this, Jamie has devoted his whole life to her and he may very well have saved her life. She was totally self destructing. I don’t mean to imply that she now must be an indentured servant to him, but I also don’t think she is stable and consistent enough to be without some type of oversight. And it sounds like he needs to focus on his own health now. Probably it is time to change for both of them, but I don’t buy he’s been a sponge off of her. He’s earned it by protecting her a$$ from herself and others that didn’t have her best interests in mind.

  8. Pineapple says:

    I still maintain that Jamie Spears saved this girls life. I remember the paparazzi following her while she was sick and not medicated. It was horrid to watch.

    I don’t know what is going on now but I will always give her Father credit for saving her life.

    Blerg, families.

    • Nao says:

      I agree. He stepped in and took charge of his daughter’s well-being. Yes, he “put her to work” and he gets paid for it, but a) busy Britney is a stable Britney, and b) not like he can get himself a second job to earn money when he spends most of his time making sure his daughter is in one piece. Is he a perfect human? I’m sure he’s not. But Brit was on a one-way train to a coffin back in 07, and I’m glad someone did something.

    • vesper says:

      I agree, her father did what any loving parent would have done. The same with Amanda Bynes’ parents. These people stepped in and took charge to protect their sick kids. However, I hope at this point Jaime is listening to Britney about her wishes for a different kind of life. He should encourage her to explore something else that will give the same level of day to day stability she needs. And Sam Ashghari is a good dude for hanging in there this long, it can’t be easy.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      I agree, if he hadn’t have stepped up when he did she’d be dead as thats the path she was on. She seemed to have a good relationship with her father when before he got sick and her mother came back on the scene – Lynne enabled a lot of what happened to Brit as she is a class A stage mom.

      People forget Brit was almost broke when the breakdown happened – her mother and other hangers on were leeching from her. Jamie helped build her fortune up again so she and the kids need never worry about money – he even said that. I believe the comment was something about knowing they are all financially looked after if anything happens to him helps him sleep or something.

      Her family is dysfunctional as hell but he has tried to be a good father but he is a man who has his own problems and demons, like us all.

    • BrickyardUte says:

      Agree 1000%

  9. Molly says:

    Based on her Instagram feed alone, this girl is a mess. She posts dozens of the same thirsty, close up pictures like a teenager with her first push-up bra. Her terrible extensions are never brushed and her makeup is always smeared. She’s bored as hell, clearly, but I wouldn’t trust her with children unsupervised for an extended length of time.

    I’m not sure what she could or should do with her life, but flitting around making sexy duck faces and “workout” videos showing off her abs in low rise shorts like it’s 2005 are pretty much all she’s doing these days.

    • Nao says:

      She is bored. She needs to work, keep busy, be on a schedule. Doesn’t even really matter what kind of work, but selfie-taker is not a job. She needs the stability of a daily routine. Idle hands are the devil’s playthings… especially true for her.

      • Tuntmore says:

        Britney doesn’t “need” to work or be kept busy like a child, with a set schedule. She has bipolar disorder, not a complete lack of executive function.

        When people with bipolar disorder are on the right medications and are either in therapy or actively practicing coping skills learned in therapy, then they are for all practical purposes in remission. They’re perfectly capable of choosing how to live their own lives.

        Proper sleep hygiene is super important for disorders like bipolar, so it IS good to establish a sleep routine. But just like all humans, some people with bipolar do better with set daily routines and some don’t.

        Now, when the disorder is untreated, or if medication stops working, that’s a different story. But it’s best to let the professionals take over at that point. Thinking that you can rein in bipolar disorder by giving someone a schedule is preposterous.

      • Nao says:

        Tuntmore, Britney is a human and humans need to keep busy. They need purpose. They need some kind of stability from a routine. A multimillionaire with mental health issues FOR SURE needs something to occupy her time besides Instagram and Starbucks. Any mental health professional will confirm this. Britney always behaves oddly when left to her own devices, usually goes off her meds, and gets into trouble. Since she’s good at her job, her dad put her there. She excels when she’s busy. 25 years of evidence to support this.

      • Jules says:

        @nao, yes well said. it comes down to having a purpose, having a meaningful life. it’s unique to everyone and only britney knows what it is for her. but for someone with mental illness, having lots of unstructured time and access to lots of money is no bueno.

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  10. Luv Spaghetti says:

    Every time I see pics of Britney with her BF, I just feel “ick”. I feel like I’m watching ANOTHER mooch taking advantage of her, it just feels wrong. He reminds me of the guys from “How to be a Latin Lover” who were all pretty boys who work out and look good bc they want to catch some old rich lady and be taken care of so they can live a posh lifestyle they didn’t earn.

  11. Keekee says:

    She has said for years she wishes to go live in the country try or an island somewhere and just be a mom. I bet she leaves LA the second her kids are 18 and she doesn’t have to sponsor KFeds whole tribe.

    • Molly says:

      Doesn’t everyone say that though? Wouldn’t we all want to run away with loved ones to a beautiful place with no responsibilities?
      The sad thing is, she’s basically living in a mansion in the (Vegas) country with zero responsibilities or a job, and she’s a bored mess who plays dress up all day and begs for interaction with the Instagram fans on her phone. She gets occasional visits from her sister, mom, kids, “boyfriend”, and whatever paid lackey films her videos, but to me, it’s an incredibly sad and lonely life.

    • Yoyo says:

      Well Kevin had two children before he met Britney and was living with the children’s mother.
      Say whatever you want aBout Kevin, but when she was spinning out of control, he was the only stable parent they had.

  12. Tai says:

    Whoever her conservator was, was going to make money. Her high income (regardless of her working) due to revenue streams, means the conservator gets more $ too, since it’s a per centage. Remember when she was going underwearless, flashing her privates, walking barefoot at gas stations, wearing neon wigs? She is definitely doing much better under the conservatorship and I’m glad she seems more healthy. I too though she liked working and thrived doing what she loved. Maybe she just wants to retire.

  13. Lisa says:

    Britney not under the conservatorship was unstable and financially reckless. I am.sure her father is not perfect but he has done the best that he could and kept her order so that she does not have to work and her children are taken care of no matter what happens.

  14. SJR says:

    Britney..honey, you do whatever you want to.
    She has been supporting a sh*t ton of people for 20+ years.
    If she wants to retire from working, have a private life, sit and enjoy your kids, hobbies, etc….More Power to her!

    Isn’t that why people play the lottery?
    When my ship comes in, one of these days, etc.

    If I had 10% of her money, I’d be relaxing and retired all damn day. Travel, do charity work, learn to knit, fishing, fishing, and more fishing all the damn time.

  15. Natasha says:

    The conservatorship is good for her. Britney’s father has done right by her and her boys.
    Every person I’ve ever known with mental illness fights authority and has gone off medication without telling anyone; there are good years and there are bad years. Mental illness is a lifelong struggle, the more support she has the better. I worry for Brit when Jamie dies.

    He’s not forcing to work. Him making $120,000/year is not insane. She’s running a smear campaign to get rid of him.

  16. Xoxo says:

    Uh oh isn’t she worth more dead than alive if she stops working ….. Britney you in danger girl

  17. ForgottenAgain says:

    Her conservatorship isn’t going anywhere whether she works or not. For it to have been so broad and so long-standing then her capacity to care for herself is so much lower than people assume. It’s not some mild mental health issues but total inability to function as an adult.

    She doesn’t have a boyfriend, she has a paid companion. That much is pretty clear.