Britney Spears has asked a court to keep her father from reasserting the broad control over her life and career that he has had for most of the past 12 years.
In documents filed by her court-appointed lawyer that give a rare public airing to the wishes of the 38-year-old pop superstar, she asked that her father not return to the role of conservator of her person, which gave him power over her major life decisions from 2008 until 2019, when he temporarily stepped aside, citing health problems.
Jamie Spears temporarily stepped down as his daughter's conservator last year, citing health problems, but was due to resume the role this year.
Conservatorship is when a guardian or protector is appointed by a court to manage the life of someone due to physical or mental limitations.
"Britney is strongly opposed to James' return as conservator of her person," according to a court document filed to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles.
It explained that the 38-year-old singer was in favour of the role, which she said had "rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin" and made her "able to regain her position as a world class entertainer".
Britney Spears wants Jodi Montgomery, who has been her temporary guardian, to take the role on permanently, but adds that does not mean she is going to stop seeking an end to the agreement altogether.
The documents also reveal that Britney Spears has no plans to perform again anytime soon. She last performed live in October 2018, and early in 2019, cancelled a planned Las Vegas residency.
She has almost never spoken publicly about the matter, and court hearings and documents in the case are cloaked in secrecy, though last year she addressed the court at her request, suggesting she was seeking changes.
In the papers, Britney Spears praises the conservatorship and its work overall, saying it “rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin” and that it made her “able to regain her position as a world-class entertainer.”
The document was filed a day before a status hearing on the conservatorship, expected to be closed to the media and public.
Britney Spears’ lawyer said that he expects James Spears will aggressively contest being marginalised, and said that Britney Spears has suggested they retain a lawyer with expertise in complex financial court fights.
Spears' arrangement has been the subject of widespread online protests in recent months, with many arguing it is doing the performer more harm than good.
Some of Spears' fans believe she was forced into the arrangement, and have been running a #FreeBritney campaign.