Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Extended Until August After She Burned Down Home Gym

Fans have been concerned about Britney Spears for a while now. In 2019, the star checked herself into a wellness clinic after taking care of her sick father. Once she checked out of the clinic, she seemed to be doing better. But a few days ago, the singer casually announced that she had burned her home gym down after leaving candles burning.

Spears’ mental health has been a topic of conversation for years, which is partially why she hasn’t been fully in control of her life since 2008. Instead, she has had conservators controlling her medical and psychiatric treatment.

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What is a conservatorship?

Conservatorship is a concept in which a guardian or person appointed by a judge maintains aspects of another person’s life, such as their day-to-day activities, financial dealings, and more.

Spears’ conservatorship agreement first went into effect in 2008. At the time, her father Jamie Spears was named the permanent conservator of her affairs, and their attorney, Andrew Wallet, was made the permanent co-conservator of her estate. Last September, her father handed the role over to her care-manager Jodi Montgomery due to his health.

Because of this, Montgomery can communicate with medical professionals on Spears’ behalf and has access to all of the singer’s medical records, according to People.

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Why has Britney Spears’ conservatorship been extended?

Spears’ conservatorship was supposed to be coming to an end, but on Apr. 20, a judge ordered that it be extended through Aug. 22, according to documents obtained by the outlet.

Though her family is concerned about Spears after she burned her gym down, the extension to the conservatorship is due to the courthouses being closed because of COVID-19.

The gym incident

Spears recently revealed details about the gym incident in a video on Instagram.

“I haven’t been in here for, like, six months because I burnt my gym down, unfortunately,” she said. “I had two candles and, yeah, one thing led to another and I burned it down.”

She elaborated on what happened in the caption of the video.

“It was an accident ….but yes …. I burnt it down,” she wrote. “I walked past the door to the gym and flames 🔥🔥🔥🔥 BOOM !!!!!! By the grace of God the alarm 🚨 went off after that and yippy hoorah nobody got hurt 🙏🏼. Unfortunately, now I have only two pieces of equipment left lol and a one-sided mirror gym 🙄🙄🙄 !!!!! But it could be much worse so I’m grateful. Pssss I like working out better outside anyways.”’

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Spears’ family had known of the singer’s love for candles for a while.

“During tough times in her life she always tells friends ‘light a candle for me,’” a source told Entertainment Tonight. “She has candles all over her house, because she finds the scent and light calming when life gets stressful. Her fans always send her candles as gifts, because they know she loves to burn them at night and sit by candlelight.”  

But they also know that Spears easily forgets things, like whether or not she blew a candle out.

“Her family worries because they know Britney can get distracted and forget,” the source continued. “These are all things she works on in therapy.”