Britney Spears has a new conservator after father Jamie Spears steps down: Reports – USA TODAY

Cydney Henderson

USA TODAY

Published 12:01 AM EDT Sep 10, 2019

Britney Spears has a new conservator.
A judge approved a request Monday to name the singer’s current care manager, Jodi Montgomery, as her new temporary conservator, according to court documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight and Us Weekly. 
Montgomery will take over the role from Spears’ father, Jamie, who had served as the pop star’s conservator since 2008, following her public meltdown and hospitalization.
As her conservator, Montgomery will have the power to limit or restrict Spears’ visitors, the power to access the Grammy winner’s medical records and the ability to retain caretakers and security guards for Spears around the clock, according to documents.
The decision granted Montgomery this authority until January. 
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In May, Spears appeared in court alongside her parents over her conservatorship, where a judge ordered an expert evaluation of the singer’s situation.
For years, Spears has been publicly silent about the severe restrictions on her decisions put in place in 2008, which placed control of nearly all of her affairs in the hands of her father.
It’s not clear why Jamie stepped down, but he has been battling health issues of his own after he “almost died” from a ruptured colon last year. His health scare prompted Spears to cancel her Las Vegas residency show. 
“it’s important to always put your family first … and that’s the decision I had to make,” she wrote on Instagram in January. “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”
USA TODAY reached out to Spears’ attorney for comment. 
Contributing: The Associated Press
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