In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Britney Spears’ father Jamie, the subject of much-maligned #FreeBritney movement, is speaking out for the first time in a decade. The 70-year-old has defended his behavior during his daughter’s long custody, at one point wondering if she would be alive without the intervention.
Britney Spears has recently troubled even her staunchest defenders with her near-nude posts and erratic captions on social media. The behavior even led her husband to question them, although he said he would not try to limit her actions.
Jamie Spears told the Mail that her conservative actions were only taken to save her daughter during her most troubled time. He claimed that he not only prevented her destruction, but also saved her relationship with Preston and Jayden songs.
Jamie Spears said of those times that she was “not going to take pretty pictures.” But he said action is necessary.
“Not everyone is going to agree with me,” Jamie Spears said. “It was a hell of a time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be without that protection? And I don’t know if he would be alive. I don’t.
“Conservation was a great tool to protect her as well as the children. Without that, I don’t think she would have brought the kids back.” The two teenage boys live with their father, Kevin Federline, and have recently become estranged from their mother.
Jamie Spears currently lives with her other daughter, Britney’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn, in rural Louisiana. She has nothing to do with Britney, nor Jamie, who has also been slammed by her sister on social media.
Jamie Spears said she didn’t want to be too honest with her words for fear of sending Britney “down further, as she says.
“I miss my two boys really, really bad,” she said. “I agree. You know, we were very, very close. They were about that age where you could start having a good time with them. But they were developing their own minds. God makes something happen. “I don’t know why, but it’s been a tough three years without them. The family is in turmoil. All we can do is keep praying.”
Britney’s father and mother Lynn divorced in 2002. in May. Britney Spears divorced Federline in 2007. After that, his public behavior included shaving his hair, hitting a photographer’s car with an umbrella, and being hospitalized for drug abuse. It was then that what was supposed to be a temporary conservatory was created, which was established later that year. It was split into two parts, one about Britney’s property and finances and the other about her entertainment decisions. Jamie was appointed to handle both, receiving $16,000 per month as compensation.
Custody of two teenagers was a big part of conservatism. “My relationship with Kevin gave them a sense of peace and protection,” Jamie Spears said. “Kevin will tell you this too. we raised the children. I just did what I had to do, or felt I had to do.
“I didn’t make decisions on my own. the team of people was me and my associate and kevin. We could all take the kids to the doctor and to school. At that time, Kevin had a lot going on. And the conservatory made sure that the boys never leave that house without security. One day they did not go to school without lunch.”
The plea agreement also helped Britney get her finances back on track, Jamie claims, saying her daughter was “damaged. He didn’t have any money. The conservatory established a resource to which he could fall back financially. And, you know, we worked, and he worked, and he supported himself financially.”
The conservatory period saw Spears release four albums, embark on three world tours and take up residence in Las Vegas for two years, which helped restore her fortunes.
“The conservatory allowed the finances to be better,” says Jamie. “My idea of a conservatory is to help someone rebuild their life and get back into society and be able to live a normal life. I want to say that I made a difference. I had some people behind me that really helped get it to the point where we could help him.”
When Britney Spears canceled her second scheduled Vegas stint and said she was “on a break from work,” she checked herself into a mental institution. Jamie Spears was accused of taking that step against his daughter’s wishes. The #FreeBritney campaign intensified claims of restrictions on the singer. It culminated in the 2021 documentary Circle Britney Spearsin which they claimed that the singer’s phones were tapped.
In subsequent hearings, Britney Spears claimed she was afraid of her father, forced to go on tour and into rehab and take psychiatric medication. She was also not allowed to remove her IUD.
Jamie Spears was fired as a curator in November 2021.
“All I can say is that most people have no idea what the truth is,” Spears concluded. “His lawyer has no idea what the truth is. The media did not hear the truth. They heard Britney’s accusations. I don’t mind the beating because I know it’s not right and because I don’t want to start something else. So that my daughter ends up going even further down the hole than she was.”