For the first time, Britney Spears’ former estate manager is speaking out amid the pop superstar’s conservatorship battle — and it doesn’t sound like something the #FreeBritney crowd wants to hear.
In fact, the one-time guardian suggests that Britney may have her financial and personal affairs monitored for the rest of her life.
Andrew Wallet served as co-conservator alongside Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, since 2008. But in March 2019, Wallet abruptly stepped down. Jamie then filed to “temporarily relinquish the powers of conservatorship” due to “personal health reasons” several months later.
In August 2019, Jamie filed a petition with the Superior Court to have the lawyer back as a co-conservator.
Just last month, Britney made it clear in court filings that she was opposed to Wallet’s return. She called him “uniquely unsuitable” for the position. She also previously said in court documents that she is “strongly opposed” to having dad Jamie return as sole conservator.
However, Jamie is no longer calling for a return of Wallet — the petition has been withdrawn.
According to Us Weekly, Wallet filed docs to withdraw the petition. And now, he’s finally speaking out about Britney and her conservatorship.
“It is not in Britney’s best interests to be outside the conservatorship but there’s a lot of politics involved,” Wallet told Daily Mail.
But why? Well, according to Wallet — who, remember, served as her estate manager for over 10 years — she’s not capable of running her own affairs.
“Britney, to this day, does not have the capacity to sign documents and make decisions for herself,” Wallet revealed.
“Protecting her assets is very important and for that, the conservatorship has to stay in place because she is susceptible to undue influences,” he continued.
He also talked about the #FreeBritney movement that’s been picking up speed on the internet. Britney’s army of fans have started campaigning to have the pop star released from her conservatorship.
Unfortunately, this social media movement is only adding more fuel to an already fiery situation. It’s “definitely complicated matters,” says Wallet, but “it is hurting Britney, she’s the only one who gets hurt by all this.”
He also believes that there are some who are just “pushing an agenda.”
Wallet, who is an attorney that handles trusts and estates, points out that “a lot of the Free Britney people have no experience with the law.”
He continued to say, “The most important question is whether the conservatorship is in her best interests. That’s what you always have to ask yourself and I absolutely still believe that the conservatorship is in her best interests.”
And, according to the attorney, it’s possible that Britney will be in her conservatorship for the rest of her life.