Creepy. Chauvinist. Medieval. Those were the words that first popped into our head when we learned of the fact that Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, petitioned the L.A. Supreme court to make her fiance, Jason Trawick, a co-conservator over Britney. According to People, Trawick (who is also her agent) would share control over her “well-being” — her food, clothing and medical care — but her finances would still be entirely in Jamie’s hands. This sounds so very 50 Shades of Grey to us. But we called up someone who knows a thing or two about relationships, and celebrity relationships, Dr. Jenn Berman, the therapist star of VH1’s Couple’s Therapy, to give us a better sense of what this means for the engaged couple.
“It definitely creates a shift in power where her parents and her soon-to-be husband will hold a lot of power, and that can create conflict in the relationship,” she told us. “That said it sounds like it’s the right decision. Other people looking out for her seems to have really worked well for her. It helped her in her healing and well-being.”
Oh. Wait. So this is a good thing? Well, come to think of it, since the conservatorship was put in place, Britney has put out two massively successful albums and performed around the world with nary a head-shaving or hospitalization or other scary incident.
“It seems like it’s what she needs,” Berman continued. “And it seems like this is the people who love her looking out for her, and hopefully, over time, things will change and she will be able to handle these things herself.”
While sources told People that the conservatorship is by now mostly just a formality (one that will take a medical evaluation and a judge’s order to end), Berman said that if you put aside the legal aspect, this relationship doesn’t sound all that unusual.
“It’s not usually a conservatorship, but it’s really common where one person holds all the money or one person earns all the money and tends to control it and make the decisions,” she said.
Our feminist alarms are blaring again, but as long as no one tries to control what we wear and eat, we suppose we can accept this for Britney. And it’s nice that Jason’s there for her — can you imagine KFed taking on a responsibility like this?
Check out Couples Therapy to watch Dr. Jenn deal with some rather less functional celebrity couples.
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