Britney Spears' father says he's not 'the perfect dad,' but everything he's done was in the singer's 'best interest,' attorney says

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Britney Spears with her parents at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas, in 2001. Denise Truscello/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Jamie Spears' lawyer gave a new statement to CNN about Britney Spears' conservatorship.

  • "Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney," the lawyer said.

  • "Jamie believes every single decision he has made has been in her best interest," she added.

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Jamie Spears finally addressed the ongoing public interest in his daughter Britney Spears' conservatorship (also known as the #FreeBritney movement) through his lawyer, pushing back on some fans' belief that he wants to continue the conservatorship.

"[Jamie] would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship," his lawyer Vivian Lee Thoreen told CNN last Friday. "Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney. If she wants to end her conservatorship, she can file a petition to end it."

The arrangement, first implemented in 2008, grants legal control of Britney's financial and personal assets - estimated to be worth $60 million, according to CNN - to Jamie and a lawyer.

Thoreen added: "Jamie is not suggesting that he is the perfect dad or that he would receive any 'Father of the Year' award. Like any parent, he doesn't always see eye-to-eye on what Britney may want. But Jamie believes every single decision he has made has been in her best interest."

Britney's attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, told Insider in a statement Tuesday, "Unfortunately, it's not appropriate for me to comment on a pending case."

Insider also reached out to reps for the singer, but didn't immediately hear back. However, her reps had no comment when contacted by CNN.

There's been renewed interest in Britney's court-ordered conservatorship thanks to the New York Times' "Framing Britney Spears" documentary, which highlighted Britney's wish to remove her father from the conservatorship altogether.

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Britney Spears poses on the red carpet. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Britney's conservatorship remained in place despite Ingham saying that Britney was "afraid" of her father during a hearing last November, per CNN.

Last year the conservatorship was extended four times, Insider's Hillary Hoffower reported, and Spears requested her father be removed as conservator twice. Both times, she was denied.

Just last month, Jamie lost a key battle to have total control over the singer's investments. As reported by Variety in February, Judge Brenda Penny "overruled Jamie Spears' objections to an order establishing Bessemer Trust Co. as a coconservator of daughter Britney Spears' estate."

After that ruling, Britney's lawyer said they recognized that "removal" of Jamie from the conservatorship "is a separate issue."

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Britney Spears. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Although Britney has largely remained mum about the ongoing case, the singer has taken to Instagram to communicate directly with fans.

The week after "Framing Britney Spears" premiered, Britney seemed to address the renewed interest in her conservatorship.

"Each person has their story and their take on other people's stories !!!!" she wrote on Instagram back in February. "We all have so many different bright beautiful lives 馃尮馃尭馃尫馃尲!!! Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens."

On Monday night, Spears posted another personal update - this time the singer shared a rare photo of her two sons with ex Kevin Federline, 15-year-old Sean and 16-year-old Jayden.

"I haven't posted pictures of them for some time cause they're at the age where they want to express their own identities and I totally get it," the singer wrote. in the caption. "But I went out of my way to make this cool edit and guess what .... They're finally letting me post it !!! Now I don't feel left out anymore."

To learn more about the #FreeBritney movement and the legal battle around her conservatorship, read Insider's full report here.

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