BRITNEY Spears and her father Jamie had a nasty fight in 2007 that led to their bitter 14-year conservatorship battle.
A source exclusively told The Sun that the singer, 39, allowed Jamie to become her conservator as she thought it would help her gain access to her two sons with ex Kevin Federline.
Back in 2007, we can reveal that Britney said of Jamie, "I don't ever want to speak to him again."
Her partying at the time was "a desperate reaction to live her life after feeling shackled by Jamie's demands and constant focus on her career".
Britney first pushed back on Jamie's sobbing phone calls asking for reconciliation, before refusing to speak to him.
It was her mom Lynne and then boyfriend Adnan Ghalib who reconciled the pair, before him "taking over her life a year later."
She made up with Jamie as she hoped it could help her custody battle with Kevin.
Britney is mom to sons Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, with the former backup dancer.
She had lost custody of them in 2007 after having a well-publicized breakdown, with a judge granting Kevin full custody.
A friend told The Sun that Britney "lost her s**t" when she learned that her plans to have joint custody were overtaken by Jamie's move to open a conservatorship".
"It was sold to her as the best way to get back access to her kids, she said. But instead it played into a much bigger change for Britney," they said.
Jamie won the 2008 court controlled guardianship, citing that his daughter was incapable of making salient decisions.
Control of her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets were given to Jamie and a lawyer.
The source – who has known Britney for 15 years – claimed: "Sure she did have mental health issues and enjoy too many crazy drug filled nights, but in Britney's head she was right back where she started – her dad in control, ordering her around and deciding her work."
"Rather than fight she just went with it with the hope that he would release her from the conservatorship."
They went on: "In 2007 she told everyone that she never wanted to speak to her dad again. She was done with him.
"She felt he was essentially still trying to control her life like she was still that novice teenager.
"Many of us think the partying and wild behavior was a backlash to so many years under control."
They added: "Not only that she was buckling under the mental pressure of family woes, her split with K-Fed and their legal war over the kids' custody. She was taking stuff to numb the pain of not being with the kids."
The source also said Jamie was persona non grata with Britney by 2007.
"She would openly say that her dad was one of the driving forces of everything and she felt that it was time to focus on other stuff than her career.
"The tragic timing of her meltdown and custody battle meant that she wanted to push back on Jamie even harder.
"She was questioning then the motives behind that pushing from her teen years. She didn't want to tour or make records for a bit. What was said in the court testimony briefly touched on those same clashes."
The insider went on: "People forget that it was Lynne and Adnan who managed to make Britney cool her anger with Jamie. He was crying at how she would ignore calls and not engage with him. But Britney then felt that Jamie would have her back when she fought K Fed over the kids.
"She wanted him at her side telling the custody trial that she was a fit and stable mother. Their reunion proved of a little comfort. What ended up happening was Britney ending up being put on a 5150 medical hold over her erratic behavior and concerns for her welfare.
"And then that lead to Jamie setting up this control though the courts which remains to this day. Britney has played by all the rules with the conservators for over a decade and many of us expected them to give her a break after she did Vegas and records but instead the grip on her life remains just as tight as it did in 2008.
"And that does not seem fair. There is no exit date and in fact at times there was talk the court rule could last forever. That is why Britney is fighting back mow. She feels nothing she has accomplished has been merited as enough to at least loosen the shackles. "
The Sun has contacted Britney's rep for comment.
Last week, Britney testified in court against Jamie, who has "controlled" her life for the past 14 years.
During the hearing, she claimed her family sent her to a $60K rehab at a small Los Angeles home.
Britney alleged that the people that ran the rehab center were trying to hurt her, while her dad allegedly "loved it.”
The entertainment legend also claimed that she was forced to get an IUD she cannot take out to have another baby and is NOT allowed to get married.
She also compared the "abusive" conservatorship to sex trafficking, stating: “In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will.
"And taking all their possessions away, credit card, cash, phone, passport.”
After the hearing, Jamie's team said he "loves Britney very much".
They said in a statement: “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter very much.”
One day after speaking out, Britney jetted off to Hawaii with her boyfriend Sam Asghari for a vacation.
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