Britney Spears will have a conservatorship status hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom today, and some have speculated she will try to reclaim her life then.
That sounds dramatic, but it's pretty much what's at stake. Her dad Jamie Spears has the final say over her medical, financial and career affairs indefinitely.
It all dates back to early 2008, when her behavior became so erratic that a judge decreed Jamie would have ultimate control over the superstar's affairs.
This decision worked wonders for Spears, who has returned to music prominence and a semblance of normalcy too. But how long is too long for this to go?
Rumblings that Britney wants out have surfaced for months.
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Says a source: "It seems highly unlikely that the conservatorship will end by the end of summer. Britney's just not ready, yet. She has good and bad days."
"Britney has complex," the insider continues. "Issues on both a personal and professional level, and that is the reason the conservatorship is still in place."
It's all moot to a degree. L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz is the sole person who can determine if and when the conservatorship will end.
When that time comes, a formal hearing will take place, and if the commissioner has enough evidence to support ending the conservatorship, she will.
At the appropriate time. Is that now? Free Britney?