Britney Spears’ lawyer has said she lacks the mental capacity to sign a legal document, whilst the singer’s latest Instagram post has fans again speculating about her wellbeing.
Britney Spears‘ ongoing conservatorship battle with her father Jamie Spears was the subject of a hearing on Wednesday, in which her lawyers allegedly compared her mental state to that of a comatose patient.
Jamie Spears currently has legal control of Britney’s personal and financial life, a conservatorship that was put in place 12 years ago, but now the pop star is fighting to regain control over her own life.
In court, Spears’ lawyer, Sam Ingham, explained Britney’s feelings about the legally binding conservatorship. Following this, the judge asked Ingham if the singer would sign a declaration to confirm that his explanation was indeed true.
It was here that Ingham described Britney’s inability to sign a legal document due to her fragile mental capacity and lack of understanding, according to TMZ.
Ingham relayed to the court that Spears no longer wants to perform, going against her own father’s wishes to have his daughter continue her career; however, this wasn’t enough for the judge who wished Britney to make the declaration herself.
Spears’ lawyer argued that comatose patients have their own lawyers speak on behalf and that Britney’s condition should be treated similarly. It’s important to note that Ingham was not implying that Britney was literally comatose, but rather using it as an example of another scenario in which a lawyer could speak for their client.
Ingham stated in court, “I am the exclusive source of information in public pleadings as to what my client wants.”
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The #FreeBritney movement has gained significant traction before Spears decided to take legal action against her father last month.
The movement has lead to her fans increasingly becoming concerned with Britney’s mental health, some even convinced that the Britney seen on Instagram is an imposter.
On Tuesday, Britney Spears shocked fans when she uploaded a series of pictures in day-to-day clothes with the caption, “Instagram versus Reality !!!! I wanted to show you what I really look like on a daily basis”.
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Instagram versus Reality !!!! I wanted to show you what I really look like on a daily basis 🤓 !!!! I can get insecure when photos are taken of me that I’m not prepared for ….. so I have always put so much effort into my appearance … but you know sometimes it’s nice to not try so hard and pull down your walls every now and then !!!! It takes a lot of strength to do that !!! PS another fun fact about me …. instead of cheerleading I played ball 🏀 in school and I was the point guard … I called the shots 😜🎪 but dear God we sucked … we only won 3 games each season 😂🙊🤣 !!!!! Psss in these pics ….. I was trying to fix a light 💡 but realized I was too short 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️😂😂😂😂 !!!!
The photo, sans designer clothing and makeup, sparked conspiracy theories among followers, with one stating, “Am i the only one who thinks this is NOT Britney!?!?”
Another commented: “That’s not her…”
While fans look to spark conspiracy theories centred around Britney’s social media appearance, her lawyer’s description of Britney’s mental state won’t provide any alleviation for their concerns.