About two weeks ago, Britney Spears checked out of her mental health facility and went home after a month of rehab.
Though the reason for her stay was maintaining wellness despite family stress, conspiracy theories circulated that it was against her will.
Now, Britney's mother has lawyered up and is trying to make sure that she can personally safeguard her daughter's freedom and autonomy.
There is an upcoming hearing on the subject of Britney's conservatorship, which has dragged on for an unbelievable 11 years.
This hearing will be different for one major reason.
The Blast reports that Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, has filed a notice.
She will be appearing at the hearing.
This is new but, as we will explain, not as much of a surprise as it might have been a couple of months ago.
Lynne filed the notice on Monday.
Within the filing, she requested special notice.
She wants to be informed of any and all matters related to Britney and her conservatorship.
The Blast notes that Lynne is employing her own attorney to handle this paperwork.
Until now, Lynne has never played a role in this matter.
The conservatorship has been primarily in Jamie's hands for over a decade.
Jamie and Lynne have been separated for years.
But, like many parents, they have always appeared to be of a similar mindset regarding looking after Britney.
Recently, however, it looks as if the winds have shifted.
While Britney was in the mental health facility, wild rumors claimed that she had been forced to go there by her domineering father.
An entire "Free Britney" movement grew out of it.
Some (me) accused some of her more diehard stans of treating Britney more like a meme than like a real person.
It was also pointed out that the allegations that she was strongarmed were unconfirmed and sounded unlikely, if not impossible.
However, it was reported that Lynne was "liking" posts on this subject as they appeared on social media.
Was Lynne merely expressing support for those who were cheering for her daughter?
Or was she, in her own quiet way, expressing a belief that Jamie Spears exercises too much control over his 37-year-old daughter?
Publicly, however, Lynne Spears said nothing.
Britney herself released a video while still in rehab to assure her fans on social media that all is well, and to not believe rumors.
It is unclear if Lynne intends to challenge Jamie's control of Britney's conservatorship, or even the conservatorship itself.
Lynne may have simply realized that she wants to take a greater interest in her daughter's well-being.
Britney's 30 days away may have been a factor, but the same could be said of Jamie's recent health crisis.
Real talk: none of us know for sure what's going on with the Spears family dynamic. Not fully.
But we do know that Britney is amazing.
She's a regular super-mom.
She goes above and beyond what many stay-at-home moms would do to support and encourage her twos ons.
If Britney were ever truly in need of help, we would hope that she would turn to others.
Some have suggested that if Britney were locked away against her will, boyfriend Sam Asghari could have spoken up.
We're sure that he loves her enough to do so.