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“She wants to live her life”: End in sight for Spears conservatorship

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Jamie Spears requests to terminate the power he has over his daughter, but some are questioning whether it’s under the right intentions.

Jamie Spears to free his daughter from conservatorship

After a long 13-year battle, Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears, has filed a petition to end the conservatorship arrangement that controlled his daughter’s life.

The request came unexpectedly, with Mr Spears telling a Los Angeles court it was Britney’s plea to end the deal which led to his request for termination.

“She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy [among other things],” Mr Spears says.

“In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”

The events which occurred in the lead-up to the arrangement’s cancellation also contributed to Mr Spears’ decision, with the public eye questioning if Britney’s circumstances justified whether the conservatorship was necessary.

Mr Spears’ lawyer says Jamie wants the best for his daughter and is willing to give her a chance to handle her own life if she believes she is capable.

Is the end in sight?

Britney’s described her father’s conservatorship as “abusive”, addressing the court twice within the last year for him to be removed from his role.

The legal arrangement – usually put in place for those who are old and frail – was instated in 2008, with a series of mental health issues to blame for its purpose.

It meant Britney’s father had control over her finances, healthcare and personal life.

While Jamie Spears did step down in 2019, a licensed conservator now fulfils his role.

In protest, the pop star has refused to perform since 2018 and continues to do so, as long as she’s under her father’s rule.

A word from Britney’s lawyer

While Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, sees this as a win for his client, he says Mr Spears is trying to avoid taking responsibility for the alleged trauma he has caused his daughter.

“It appears that Mr Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options,” Rosengart told AP in an email.

This was the first time in the last 13 years where Britney was permitted to choose her own attorney.

The case’s next hearing is scheduled for 29 September.

Written by Rebecca Borg

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Issey Miyake, Japanese fashion designer dies aged 84

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The fashion world is in mourning after the loss of Issey Miyake

Renowned Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake has passed away at age 84.

Internationally-recognised, Issey Miyake, had been battling liver cancer.

His experimental designs generated a cult following, particularly in the art world, as they resembled what is seen in galleries around the world.

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His creations seemed more like sculptures than items of clothing.

While it is now common practice for designers to show their work in the art-world, when Issey Miyake first garnered popularity back in the 1980s, it was unusual.

Issey Miyake grew up in Japan before working in Paris with other renowned designers.

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The life of immortal Australian performer, Olivia Newton-John

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The world has lost a true Hollywood legend, Olivia Newton John has passed away at the age of 73

Olivia rose to stardom for her remarkable performance in hit musical “Grease” where she co-starred alongside Actor John Travolta, in 1978.

She was just 29 years of age, playing the role of an innocent teen in love with the bad boy.

Together, they won hearts across the world, bringing in a whopping $395 million USD from the box office. 

A movie star turned cancer advocate, Newton-John spent much of her later years fiercely fighting for awareness and further research.

We take a look back on her life, her legacy and the hole she is leaving behind

Long before Olivia Newton John became a household name in Hollywood, she started from a home in Melbourne.

Born in Cambridge 1948, her family emigrated to Australia. The youngest of three children. Her teenage years saw her became a major drawcard on the Happy Show.


But the bight lights of Melbourne in the 1970s could never contain that voice.

She moved to the UK and in 1974 represented the Britain in the Eurovision song contest.

Australian trailblazer Helen Ready encouraged Olivia to move to the United States where she quickly climbed the charts.

She certainly had somewhere else to go – Rydell High.

She scored the role in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit, despite her concerns about being 29, playing a high school senior, insisting on a screen test with John Travolta.

Now the girl from Melbourne, was now a Hollywood star.

And there was nowhere to hide – Grease became the biggest box office hit of 1978.

Olivia Newton John’s career soared


Just like Sandys transformation in the film, Olivia was ready for a new spandex clad image, just in time for the 80s.


Pioneering an iconic look and telling us all…”let’s get physical”

Physical smashed the charts, before she starred alongside Gene Kelly in her second major film, playing the star.

In 1986 she gave birth to her daughter Chloe and resumed her career in the early 90s, before she was diagnosed with cancer – receiving the diagnosis the same weekend her father died.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John (L) and daughter actress/singer Chloe Lattanzi attend ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 21 at CBS Televison City on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)


She survived and became an advocate for breast cancer research, teaming with the Victorian government to create the Olivia Newton John cancer wellness and research centre in Melbourne.

Leading a three week, 230km walk along the great ocean road to raise funds.


Forever passionate about the environment. She cancelled a tour of Japan over the slaughter of dolphins.

She battled in her personal life too. Her partner Patrick McDermott disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005. Her daughter faced health problems

Through all her battles, she continued performing.

An immortal Australian performer, a passional advocate for health, the voice of a generation.

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Anne Heche fighting for life in coma

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U.S. actress Anne Heche is in a coma following a horror car crash in Los Angeles

Heche’s representative has confirmed the 53-year-old is fighting for her life in an “extreme critical condition.”

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention…

She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

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There are concerns Heche may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, after plowing into two separate homes.

New reports also suggest Los Angeles Police Department requested a warrant to test Heche’s blood to determine if she was under the influence.

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