Millions of fans rejoiced at the news that Jamie Spears is out as Britney's conservator. For now, her personal life will be managed by another.
Britney's mom has been fighting in court to wrest control from Jamie so that she can look after her daughter's affairs.
Unfortunately, she has now lost that court battle -- and Jamie is expected to resume his tyrannical hold on Britney as early as January.
TMZ reports that Lynne Spears' fight for her daughter's conservatorship did not go as planned.
Lynne felt that Jamie had been doing a poor job when acting as their famous daughter's conservator. She wanted the reigns.
But the court ruled that Jamie will continue to manage Britney's estate from a financial angle.
Jodi Montgomery is currently handling the more personal aspects of the conservatorship.
Jamie hand-picked Jodi while stepping back from the role, allegedly for medical reasons, in the wake of his alleged attack on Britney's son.
For many years, Lynne Spears did not appear -- at least to the public -- to take much interest in the conservatorship.
That changed this spring, when Britney's sudden 30-day stint in a mental health facility prompted cries of alarm and "Free Britney."
While some of the outcry was well-intentioned but a little dehumanizing, some fans were surprised to see Lynne agree with them.
She has openly discussed her belief that Britney's social media appears to be manipulated, perhaps without her knowledge.
Then, Lynne filed documents to see more of what's going on with Britney's health management.
Britney is an incredible mother, a titan of the music industry, and beloved all over the world.
She is also a grown woman. She is 37. In two months and a little change, she'll be 38.
TMZ notes that just about everyone "in the know" agrees that the conservatorship initially saved her life.
That may well be true -- but that doesn't mean that it needs to stay.
It has been in effect for nearly 12 years, now. How long before Britney is permitted to manage her own life?
Reports claim that Britney's mental and emotional well being is less than ideal at the moment.
For instance, Britney just recently backed out of an appearance at an awards show, opting to race back to the car.
And her stay at a mental health facility earlier this year was reportedly so that she could find a new medication that works.
Of course, vague claims about a mysterious mental illness are hard for many fans to swallow, and not because it's an "invisible illness."
There are conspiracy theorists who believe that reports about Britney are deliberately exaggerated ... to keep the conservatorship alive.
We don't know that we'd go that far, but we can certainly join millions of Britney's other fans in wishing to keep Jamie as far away from her affairs as possible.
Jamie may be off the hook for child abuse charges, despite allegedly breaking down a door to assault then 13-year-old Sean Preston.
But that doesn't mean that he's, you know, a good person or safe to be around.
Reports say that Britney hasn't spoken to her awful father since that scary incident -- perhaps even since before that.
And she and Sean Federline made sure that the boys were safe, sending them to Kevin's immediately where Jamie's conservatorship means squat.
Both of Britney's sons now have restraining orders barring their garbage grandfather from seeing them for the next three years.