Jamie Spears is speaking out for the first time in a decade about the controversial conservatorship he held over his pop star daughter Britney Spears, which was ended by a California court 13 months ago.

“I don’t know if she’d be alive [without it],” Jamie told the DailyMail of the conservatorship.

The patriarch of the family made various claims about the 13-year-conservatorship that challenge what has been said by the “Toxic” singer, who has been in constant controversy over her social media usage in recent months leaving many to wonder about her mental state.

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He has heard the backlash from his daughter’s claims but claimed that he stopped Britney from going “further down the hole.”

Jamie now lives in Louisiana with his other daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears, and both have had no contact with Britney since last year.

“Not everybody’s going to agree with me,” Jamie said. “It’s been one hell of a time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be right now without that conservatorship? And I don’t know if she’d be alive. I don’t.”

In her Instagram posts, Britney has accused her father of psychological abuse. She claims her father and other family members forced drugs on her and more. According to his daughter, Jamie told her to “kill herself.” Britney also has claimed that her mother slapped her.

Jamie continues to say that the conservatorship was necessary in order to protect her, “and also protecting the kids, conservatorship was a great tool.”

He adds that without it, it may have been impossible for Britney to get her children back. Her two teenage boys now live with their father, Kevin Federline.

“I miss my two boys really, really bad. I do. You know, we were very, very close,” he said. “They were around that age where you could start having a good time with them. But they were developing a mind of their own. God makes things happen for a reason. I don’t know what that reason is but it’s been a tough three years without them. The family’s a mess. All we can do is keep praying.”

Following Britney’s 2007 divorce from Federline, the conservatorship took effect. The Spears family says legal action was taken due to the pop star’s erratic actions following the separation.

Britney’s public behavior around this time included shaving her hair off, hitting a photographer’s car with an umbrella and being admitted to the hospital multiple times for substance abuse. The hold over Britney was supposed to be temporary, though later became permanent. Jamie took oversight of his daughter’s finances, also taking the reins on her career decisions.

Jamie said that “I didn’t make any decisions on my own.” He continued to say that the arrangement assisted in Britney getting her finances rebuilt. He says that his daughter was “broke. She had no money whatsoever.”

When Britney called out her father for pushing her into a psychiatric facility, the #FreeBritney movement focused its attention on the family’s patriarch.

A 2021 documentary, Framing Britney Spears, claimed that the singer’s personal phones were tapped. Britney claims that her father forced her to go on tour.

Jamie defended himself from years of criticism. “All I can say is that most people don’t have a clue what the truth is,” he said. “They’ve heard the allegations from Britney. I don’t mind taking the beating because I know it’s not true, and because I don’t want to start something else. For my daughter to end up going further down the hole than she had been.”

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