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Britney Spears performs “I’m A Slave 4 U” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Getty Images

The terms of Britney Spears’ longstanding conservatorship have been under a magnifying glass in recent weeks with many believing the popstar is being unnecessarily tracked and controlled by her father, James “Jamie” Spears.

The pop icon, now 38, was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold in 2008 and as a result Mr. Spears became a conservator over his daughter’s $60 million fortune. Under the law, Mr. Spears, 68, is reportedly required to “to sign off on every major decision [Spears] makes, from business, to health, to voting and marriage,” a type of guardianship usually reserved for people who cannot take of themselves. A 2016 New York Times report revealed that even her Starbucks and iTunes purchases were being turned over to the court.

The unique case recently garnered widespread attention when Spears’ brother Bryan spoke out about the arrangement in July saying his sister has “always wanted to get out of it”. Many fans have posted comments on Spears’ Instagram telling her to wear a certain colour in her next post should she need help.

“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” Mr. Spears explained. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”

“I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year. How the hell would I steal something?” he continued. “I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”

A change.org petition titled Britney Spears: right to her own lawyer is currently doing the rounds arguing that the this type of conservatorship is usually reserved for elderly people or “severely mentally ill individuals”. Having toured the world for several years and held down a residency in Vegas, the petition’s creator Max Morgan says Spears does not fit this bill and needs to be able to legally hire her own representation to “fight for her freedom”. It currently has 247,000 signatures.

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