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Ever since the #FreeBritney movement started, fans have wondered about Lynne Spears‘ net worth and whether Britney Spears’ mother makes anything from her conservatorship.
Lynne, a former daycare owner and school teacher from Mississippi, married Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, in 1976. They welcomed their first child, a son named Bryant (Britney’s older brother), in 1977. Britney was born in 1981 followed by her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, in 1991. Lynne and Jamie divorced in 2002 after almost 26 years of marriage. They reconciled in 2010 and still seemed together in 2014. By 2020, Lynne and Jamie seemed to have completely separated.
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Lynne has co-written two books with Britney thanks to the success of her career. The first book, Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart, a memoir about Britney’s life, career and relationship with her mother, was published in 2000. A year later, in 2001, Lynne and Britney published A Mother’s Gift, a fictional novel about a young girl from Mississippi who leaves her small town and her mother to pursue a music career. The book was adapted into the TV movie Brave New Girl in 2004. Lynne has also written one book of her own, a memoir titled Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World in 2008. After the release of the memoir, Britney’s former manager, Sam Lufti, sued her for defamation after Lynn alleged that he had isolated and drugged Britney when he worked with her.
At a court hearing for her conservatorship in June 2021, Britney slammed her father Jamie, who served as conservator of her $80 million estate since 2008, and criticized her family for their complicity in her father’s actions. “Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it. Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad…My whole family did nothing.” she said at the time.
How much does Lynne Spears make from Britney Spears’ conservatorship?
So how much does Lynne make from Britney’s conservatorship? The short answer is nothing. Since Lynne isn’t one of Britney’s conservators, she doesn’t receive any money directly from the conservatorship. Britney has had four conservators since her conservatorship was created in 2008: her father, Jamie Spears; her lawyer, Andrew Wallet; her care manager Jodi Montgomery; and the financial company Bessemer Trust.
Jamie and Wallet were named co-conservators when Britney’s conservatorship was created in 2008. Wallet resigned as Britney’s conservator in 2019. Montgomery temporarily replaced Jamie as Britney’s conservator in 2019 when he stepped down due to health issues after a life-threatening ruptured colon in 2018. Though Britney’s lawyer filed for Montgomery to replace Jamie as her permanent conservator, Jamie returned to the role in 2020. In 2021, the court appointed the financial company, Bessemer Trust, as a co-conservator with Jamie over Britney’s estate, despite Jamie’s objections.
Though Lynne has never been one of Britney’s conservators, she did ask a judge in 2020 to be involved in Britney’s conservatorship due to concerns over her daughter’s health, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. According to TMZ, Lynne was always unlikely to become Britney’s conservator because it would require her to move from her home in Louisiana to Los Angeles to do the job. A source told Entertainment Tonight at the time that Britney asked her mom to be a part of her conservatorship.
“Britney trusts Lynne and has asked her mother to be part of her conservatorship. She truly believes that her mother wants to help her have more autonomy when it comes to her money,” the source said. “Britney is aware that how she is doing psychologically seems to directly correlate to her spending habits. She knows right now she might not be ready to be in complete control but she wants more freedom to spend how she pleases…she feels her desires will be taken more seriously [by Lynne].”
Lynne has also been one of the only members of Britney’s family to publicly support the #FreeBritney movement. In 2019, she was seen liking several Instagram comments in support of #FreeBritney. She also responded at the time to fans who noticed that their #FreeBritney comments had been deleted from Britney’s social media accounts. Lynne agreed with the fans and told them that she also noticed many comments had disappeared.
In July 2021, Lynne urged a Los Angeles superior court judge to allow her daughter to choose her own lawyer following the resignation of her court-appointed attorney, Sam Ingham—a request which was ultimately granted. Later that month, Lynne submitted a damning statement about her ex-husband to the court, urging the judge to allow for his immediate removal from her daughter’s conservatorship.
She alleged that Jamie’s “absolutely microscopic control” of his daughter has reduced their relationship to nothing more than “fear and hatred.” She also insisted that she only became involved in her daughter’s conservatorship during a “time of crisis,” which allegedly saw Britney being treated by a “sports enhancement” doctor hired by Jamie, who was “prescribing what I and many others thought to be entirely inappropriate medicine to my daughter, who did not want to take the medicine.”
Still, while Lynne seems like one of Britney’s more supportive family members, Britney previously told the judge at her June 2021 court hearing that her entire family is complicit in her conservatorship continuing for so long. “Considering my family has lived off my conservatorship for 13 years, I won’t be surprised if one of them has something to say [against ending my conservatorship],” Britney said. “I just don’t like feeling like I work for the people who I pay.”
She also told the judge that she wants to “sue” her family for their part in her conservatorship. “I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them,” she said. “I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long, it is not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me, I’m told I’m not allowed to expose the people who did this to me.”
For more about Britney Spears, read her 2001 book, A Mother’s Gift. The semi-autobiographical fiction novel, which was co-written with Britney’s mother Lynne Spears, follows Holly Faye Lovell, a 14-year-old girl from the small town of Biscay, Mississippi, who has dreams of becoming a singer. When Holly becomes the youngest student ever to win a scholarship to the prestigious Haverty School of Music, she must make a choice of whether to leave her mother, Wanda, behind or pursue her dreams. As Holly starts her new life and makes posh new friends, she finds herself embarrassed by her mom and their humble background, as Wanda struggles with a long-hidden secret that could destroy her bond with her daughter forever.
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