"Britney has not been served well by the conservatorship and it's not consistent with what she wants."
It took Britney Spears a lot of courage to speak out against her father, James Parnell Spears, and the abusive conservatorship she had to put up with for over a decade. During her recent hearing, the 39-year-old singer opened up about how the restrictions placed on her took a toll on her mental health. Several celebrities from the fraternity spoke up in support of her, and the Toxic singer's ex-husband wants nothing but the best for the mother of his children, reports PEOPLE.
Federline's powerhouse divorce attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan echoed his client's thoughts on the whole issue, mentioning how Federline, 43, only wants the best for Spears. "The best thing would be for their mom to be healthy and happy. And if either of those things aren't true, it doesn't provide for the best setting for custody to be exercised," says Kaplan, referring to his 43-year-old client's sons with Spears: Sean Preston, 15, and Jayden James, 14.
"[Kevin] certainly respects Britney and only hopes the best for her because when the best for her is achieved, it's the best for their kids. The kids love their mother and he wants there to be a healthy and strong relationship."
Reflecting on Spears' revelatory testimony, Kaplan feels that "Britney has not been served well by the conservatorship and it's not consistent with what she wants," he adds. "I think that she should be able to challenge that. And if it's what's best for her, Kevin supports it."
As for Spears being transparent about the torture she had to endure under her father who had complete control of her and her property, Kaplan says he believes it's for the best for "her voice to be heard."
"If she's strong and healthy and wants to be in control of her own life, and can do that in a reasonable, responsible fashion, then more power to her," he says. Referring to her mental health, Kaplan says the court will have to ensure "whether she's okay."
"If it was necessary, we have to be concerned about whether she's okay," Kaplan says, referring to Spears saying she was put on lithium. "And if it's no longer necessary, that's great too. Just want to make sure that all of the considerations, how she's doing are taken into account if she seeks to change the custody order in the post-conservatorship era, if that ever comes."
Federline was married to Spears from 2004 to 2007, but it seems like they have a strained relationship, even though the rapper has come out to speak in support of her. A source exclusively told Us Weekly in December 2019, “Britney does not have much of a relationship with Kevin other than everyday co-parenting stuff. They’re cordial but don’t do very much as a family.”
Unfortunately, the Baby One More Time singer eventually lost her battle to have her dad removed from the role of her conservator. "The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice," the court documents, which were obtained by Fox News, state. Despite this, people are still in full support of the artist and have even started a #FreeBritney movement.
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