How Britney Spears’ conservatorship restricted her ability to marry


How Britney Spears’ now-terminated 13-year conservatorship restricted her ability to marry and have children – as she weds her long-term partner Sam Asghari in lavish ceremony

Britney Spears shocked her fans when she testified in June 2021 that her conservatorship, which was put in place in 2008, prevented her from getting married or even having another child.

The legal guardianship was terminated by a judge last November and on Thursday the singer, 40, wed her long-term partner Sam Asghari at her Thousand Oaks home.  

‘I want to be able to get married and have a baby,’ she said during a conservatorship hearing last year. 

Unfair: Britney Spears shocked her fans when she testified in June 2021 that her conservatorship, which was put in place in 2008, prevented her from getting married or even having another child

Unfair: Britney Spears shocked her fans when she testified in June 2021 that her conservatorship, which was put in place in 2008, prevented her from getting married or even having another child

I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant.’

Earlier this year the Toxic hit maker announced she was expecting her first child with Sam before sadly updated fans a few weeks later that she had suffered a miscarriage.  

The terms of Spears’ conservatorship turned over control of her estate to various figures, including her father Jamie Spears and conservator of her person Jodi Montgomery, who succeeded her father.

However, according to experts who spoke to Rolling Stone, California law wouldn’t have barred Britney from getting married or having children unless there was an explicit order to do so. 

Love: The legal guardianship was terminated by a judge last November and on Thursday the singer, 40, wed her long-term partner Sam Asghari at her Thousand Oaks home

Love: The legal guardianship was terminated by a judge last November and on Thursday the singer, 40, wed her long-term partner Sam Asghari at her Thousand Oaks home

Under the rules of the arrangement, the singer was not able to enter into any contracts, according to legal experts who spoke to Variety.

That means that she could accept an informal marriage proposal from Sam, but she would have been prevented from marrying as long as the conservatorship was in place, unless she got the permission of her conservator.

If she had tried to sign a marriage license, it likely would have been invalidated if the conservatorship didn’t first give her permission.

Confusion: Though some legal experts said she likely couldn't get married without permission, others told Rolling Stone that she could as long as there wasn't an order barring it; seen in 2016 with her father and brother

Confusion: Though some legal experts said she likely couldn’t get married without permission, others told Rolling Stone that she could as long as there wasn’t an order barring it; seen in 2016 with her father and brother 

The fact that the singer believed she couldn’t marry or have children raised troubling questions about what kind of information and advice she was receiving from her court-appointed attorney Samule Ingham III, who began representing her in 2008. 

Despite the restrictive conditions of the conservatorship, Ingham III reportedly never took steps to end the arrangement, and he eventually stepped down in July 2021, following his client’s bombshell testimony.’

He was previously lambasted by experts after Spears testified that she didn’t know she was allowed to petition to end her conservatorship. 

In the dark: Britney court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham III came under fire for allegedly never telling Spears that she could ask to end her conservatorship

In the dark: Britney court-appointed lawyer Samuel Ingham III came under fire for allegedly never telling Spears that she could ask to end her conservatorship

The issue is now a moot point for Spears, who is free to control her life and estate.

After Ingham resigned, her new lawyer Mathew Rosengart represented Britney before a judge ended the conservatorship in November 2021.

Madonna, Paris Hilton and Donatella Versace led the celebrity guests heading home after Britney’s wedding to her partner of five years, Sam at her Thousand Oaks home on Thursday evening. 

The ceremony was a star-studded affair, with hordes of celebrities attending the festivities at Britney’s 12,464-square-foot, five-bedroom, eight-bath Italian villa. 

Oh dear: There was also a party crasher in Britney's ex-husband Jason Alexander, who was restrained by event security and later charged with 'trespassing, vandalism, and two counts of battery' after he broke into her compound earlier in the day

Oh dear: There was also a party crasher in Britney’s ex-husband Jason Alexander, who was restrained by event security and later charged with ‘trespassing, vandalism, and two counts of battery’ after he broke into her compound earlier in the day 

There was also a party crasher in Britney’s ex-husband Jason Alexander, who was restrained by event security and later charged with ‘trespassing, vandalism, and two counts of battery’ after he broke into her compound earlier in the day. 

Yet the celebrity guests seemed unfazed by the drama as they were chauffeured home after watching Britney and Sam say ‘I do’.  

While the celebrity guests seemed in good spirits, the wedding got off to fraught start when Britney’s ex-husband was arrested for trespassing. 

Jason Alexander livestreamed himself crashing her wedding at her California mansion, an  is now in the custody of the Ventura Sheriff’s Department having been charged with trespassing, vandalism and two batteries after a couple of altercations with Britney’s security guards.

Marriage: They couple got engaged in September 2021 and earlier this year announced they were expecting their first child together before Britney told fans she'd suffered a miscarriage

Marriage: They couple got engaged in September 2021 and earlier this year announced they were expecting their first child together before Britney told fans she’d suffered a miscarriage

Minutes before he was apprehended, Alexander managed to broadcast himself on Instagram as he ran through hillside trails, as he approached the rear of Spears’ home.

The 40-year-old was easily able to scale a fence, descend a rocky hillside and slip inside the wedding venue, all-the-while telling security exactly who he was, and why he was there – just hours before the fairytale ceremony got underway.

Alexander’s arrest is the third arrest in 13 months. Police sources revealed he also has a felony warrant for larceny in another county.

He was last in police custody for driving under the influence in January 2021 and breaking security protocols at an airport in August. Alexander was also arrested previously for violating an order of protection and stalking an unidentified woman in December 2021.

Britney Spears’ love history: Justin Timberlake heartbreak, 55-hour Vegas marriage and toxic divorce and custody battle with K-Fed that ended in a 5150 psychiatric hold

Britney Spears finally tied the knot with her longtime partner Sam Asghari, 28, on the evening of June 9, 2022.

The 40-year-old songstress and her boyfriend have been going strong since linking up in 2016, but their love follows of string of short-lived romances for the pop superstar.

Below is a history of Britney’s relationships going back to her earliest days as a rising performer.

Wedding bells: Britney Spears, 40, is set to tie the knot with her longtime partner Sam Asghari, 28, on June 9, 2022. Below is a history of Britney's relationships going back to her earliest days as a rising performer; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Wedding bells: Britney Spears, 40, is set to tie the knot with her longtime partner Sam Asghari, 28, on June 9, 2022. Below is a history of Britney’s relationships going back to her earliest days as a rising performer; seen in 2019 in Hollywood

Donald ‘Reg’ Jones (1995–1997)

Britney got her first official boyfriend, Reg Jones, when she was only 14 and he was 17.

In Lynne Spears’ 2008 memoir Through The Storm, Britney’s mother claimed that it was actually Jones whom her daughter lost her virginity to, not her future boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

In 2001, Jones put up two letter than the singer had written him while she was a teen, include one in which she broke up with him.

Justin Timberlake (1998–2002)

Britney’s first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club costar Justin Timberlake, who was then part of NSYNC.

Justin’s relationship with Britney was covered in a negative light in a series of documentaries release in the final days of her conservatorship, and he later wrote in an open apology that he was ‘deeply sorry’ and would ‘take accountability.’

Following their 2002 split, the singer used a lookalike actress to apparently stand in for Britney in his video for Cry Me A River, which fans took to be a breakup song about their relationship. 

Big love: Britney's first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club costar Justin Timberlake. Last year, he wrote a public apology after fans were outraged at how the breakup was portrayed in multiple documentaries; seen in 2001

Big love: Britney’s first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club costar Justin Timberlake. Last year, he wrote a public apology after fans were outraged at how the breakup was portrayed in multiple documentaries; seen in 2001

Wade Robson (2002)

The Toxic singer reportedly moved on in the wake of her split from Timberlake with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin’s group NSYNC. Their relationship ended within the year.

Fred Durst (2003)

After the breakup with Robson, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst claimed that he dated Britney, though she denied that they ever had a relationship.

‘It just became a fiasco of madness,’ he told MTV of the alleged breakup. ‘[But] I always stay true to my heart and true to everything I did and my intentions, and I am in no way a liar.’

Jared Leto (2003) 

Britney was also rumored around this time to have dated Jared Leto following his split from Cameron Diaz, but he never confirmed the alleged romance and she denied that they were eve ran item.

After they were seen together, she said they were just ‘really good friends.’ 

Dancer: The Toxic singer reportedly moved on in the wake of her split from Timberlake with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin's group NSYNC. Their relationship ended within the year; seen in 2001

Dancer: The Toxic singer reportedly moved on in the wake of her split from Timberlake with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin’s group NSYNC. Their relationship ended within the year; seen in 2001

Conflicting statements: After the breakup with Robson, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst claimed that he dated Britney, though she denied that they ever had a relationship; seen in 2019

Conflicting statements: After the breakup with Robson, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst claimed that he dated Britney, though she denied that they ever had a relationship; seen in 2019

Rumors: Around 2003, Britney was rumored to be dating Jared Leto after they were seen together, but he never confirmed it and she denied it; seen in March in Austin, TX

Rumors: Around 2003, Britney was rumored to be dating Jared Leto after they were seen together, but he never confirmed it and she denied it; seen in March in Austin, TX

Colin Farrell (2003)

There was clearly something going on between Britney and actor Colin Farrell in 2003, when they were seen kissing at the premiere of his film The Recruit, where they also walked the red carpet.

However, he shrugged the affectionate display off and said he was ‘just a 26-year-old guy who’s single and having a good time.’

Columbus Short (2003)

Britney dated within her own organization when she hooked up with her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003.

Short, who subsequently starred on Scandal, later claimed that he overheard Britney’s parents Lynne and Jamie Spears refer to him by the N-word when she was on speaker phone with them, though he didn’t specify who said it and they both denied using the word.

Columbus claimed to have only had sex with her once, and he claimed he was fired after he failed to reciprocate her affections. 

Nothing to see here: Colin Farrell and Britney were seen kissing in 2003 at the premiere of his film The Recruit, but he denied there was anything serious going on between them; seen in 2003

Nothing to see here: Colin Farrell and Britney were seen kissing in 2003 at the premiere of his film The Recruit, but he denied there was anything serious going on between them; seen in 2003

Offensive language: Britney began dating her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003. He claimed he overheard one of her parents refer to him by the N-word, though both denied the incident; seen in 2003 in NYC

Offensive language: Britney began dating her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003. He claimed he overheard one of her parents refer to him by the N-word, though both denied the incident; seen in 2003 in NYC

Jason Alexander (2004)

Britney’s first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her friend since childhood.

They eloped in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel, but they famously got the union annulled after just 55 hours of married life.

Quick turnaround: Britney's first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her friend since childhood. They eloped in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel, but they famously got the union annulled after just 55 hours of married life

Quick turnaround: Britney’s first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her friend since childhood. They eloped in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel, but they famously got the union annulled after just 55 hours of married life

Kevin Federline (2004–2007)

The songstress’ next relationship also resulted in a marriage. 

Britney and Kevin, a backup dancer, would go on to share her two sons: Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15.

The couple divorced in 2007, and it was her struggles with custody that factored into the creation of her conservatorship.

In January 2008, she locked herself in a bathroom with the children when it was time to return them to their father. The police were subsequently called, and Spears was put on a 5150 psychiatric hold.

Marriage no. 2: Spears was married to her second husband Kevin Federline from 2004–2007. In January 2008, she was put on a psychiatric hold after refusing to return their sons Sean and Jayden to him; seen in 2005 in Hollywood

Marriage no. 2: Spears was married to her second husband Kevin Federline from 2004–2007. In January 2008, she was put on a psychiatric hold after refusing to return their sons Sean and Jayden to him; seen in 2005 in Hollywood

J. R. Rotem (2007)

Britney hit the dating scene quickly following her divorce when she got together with the music producer J. R. Rotem, though the relationship appears to have been short-lived.

Isaac Cohen (2007)

In the same year, she began dating the male model Isaac Cohen.

At the time, her fans noted that Cohen noted only looked like her ex-husband Kevin, but he even favored similar clothing to the dancer. 

Though their breakup was described as ‘amicable,’ Cohen later made unflattering statements about his ex. 

Passing through: Britney hit the dating scene quickly following her divorce when she got together with the music producer J. R. Rotem, though the relationship appears to have been short-lived; seen in 2007

Passing through: Britney hit the dating scene quickly following her divorce when she got together with the music producer J. R. Rotem, though the relationship appears to have been short-lived; seen in 2007

Lookalike: In the same year, Britney dated the model Isaac Cohen. Her fans noted his similar appearance and style to Kevin; seen in 2007

Lookalike: In the same year, Britney dated the model Isaac Cohen. Her fans noted his similar appearance and style to Kevin; seen in 2007

Howie Day (2007)

Britney reportedly met the singer–songwriter Howie Day while both were at the Promises rehab center in Malibu.

Life & Style reported at the time that Britney’s mother Lynne was concerned about the relationship, which didn’t last long.

Adnan Ghalib (2007–2008)

The pop star shocked her fans and family when she began dating the paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had long been on her tail hunting for the perfect photo.

Ghalib claimed in 2008 that he had a sex tape featuring Britney in an apparent bid to shop it around, though he later claimed his statements were fabricated, according to The Daily Beast

Britney’s father Jamie successful won a restraining order to keep Ghalib away from his daughter by claiming that the photographer alerted paparazzi to Britney’s whereabouts and then got a fee from them. 

Rehab relationship: Britney reportedly met the singer–songwriter Howie Day while both were at the Promises rehab center in Malibu; seen in 2016 in LA

Rehab relationship: Britney reportedly met the singer–songwriter Howie Day while both were at the Promises rehab center in Malibu; seen in 2016 in LA

Shocker: The pop star surprised fans and family when she began dating the paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had long been on her tail hunting for the perfect photo; seen in 2008 in LA

Shocker: The pop star surprised fans and family when she began dating the paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had long been on her tail hunting for the perfect photo; seen in 2008 in LA

Jason Trawick (2009–2013)

One of Spears’ longest relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick. 

In 2021, rumors spread claiming the two had secretly married and then divorce in 2012 after records showing her conservatorship put a lawyer on retainer shortly before their 2013 breakup.

However, Trawick denied that they were ever married, and no marriage license — or divorce — was ever filed. 

David Lucado (2013–2014)

Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, though the relationship only lasted about a year. 

Steady: One of Spears' longest relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick. Last year, rumors emerged that they had gotten married and divorce in 2012, but a marriage license was never filed; seen in 2012 in LA

Steady: One of Spears’ longest relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick. Last year, rumors emerged that they had gotten married and divorce in 2012, but a marriage license was never filed; seen in 2012 in LA

That was fast: Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, though the relationship only lasted about a year; seen in 2014

That was fast: Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, though the relationship only lasted about a year; seen in 2014

Charlie Ebsersol (2014–2015)

Britney continued to date within the entertainment industry, though her new boyfriend Charlie Ebersol was a film and television producer.

Sources claimed to Hollywood Life after their breakup that the two separated after Britney’s father Jamie suggested he wasn’t a good match for her. 

Sam Asghari (2016–) 

Sam Asghari, an aspiring actor, has been by the pop star’s side since 2016, making their relationship her longest to date.

She met Sam in 2016 when he appeared in her Slumber Party music video, and the two quickly hit it off after that.

They went Instagram official in January 2017, and Sam was by her side amid the battle to end her long-running conservatorship.

Britney announced their engagement on September 12, 2021, and she followed the good news up by having her conservatorship terminated in November of that year.

In April 2022, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together, but Britney revealed just a month later that she had suffered a miscarriage.

‘Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along however we were overly excited to share the good news,’ she wrote on Instagram. 

Love of her life: Britney has been with her love Sam Asghari since 2016, when he appeared in her Slumber Party video. They got engaged in September 2021 and announced her pregnancy in April 2022, before she suffered a miscarriage in May

Love of her life: Britney has been with her love Sam Asghari since 2016, when he appeared in her Slumber Party video. They got engaged in September 2021 and announced her pregnancy in April 2022, before she suffered a miscarriage in May

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