It's been just over a year after US pop singer Britney Spears over a year since the singer was released from her controversial 13-year 'conservatorship' in which her father, Jamie, was handed power over both her personal and financial life.
Since the conclusion of the unusual court case – which prompted the global #FreeBritney movement last year – the 'Womanizer' singer's father has, for the most part, remained silent on the matter, only speaking to dismiss the campaign as 'a joke'.
But the 70-year-old has now had his say on his daughter's questionable living situation, telling The Mail On Sunday that the legal restriction is the only reason his daughter is alive today.
The father-of-three also claimed that the conservatorship was aimed at protecting Britney's children, Preston, 17, and 16-year-old Jayden, whom she shares with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
He admitted today: "Not everybody's going to agree with me. It's been one hell of a time. But I love my daughter with all my heart and soul. Where would Britney be right now without that conservatorship? And I don't know if she'd be alive. I don't.
"For protecting her, and also protecting the kids, conservatorship was a great tool. Without it, I don't think she would have got the kids back."
Speaking of his grandsons, he adds: 'I miss my two boys really, really bad. I do. You know, we were very, very close. They were around that age where you could start having a good time with them. But they were developing a mind of their own.
"God makes things happen for a reason. I don't know what that reason is but it's been a tough three years without them. The family's a mess. All we can do is keep praying."
Discussing his daughter's recent liberation in terms of arguably explicit Instagram content, Jamie also admits he doesn't want to send his 90s popstar "further down the hole" by reminding her of her alleged lack of freedom all over again.
Britney's sons were sent to the full custody of her backing dancer ex-husband Kevin after she was placed under a temporary conservatorship back in 2007, after she was deemed mentally unstable for shaving off her hair and being admitted to hospital for substance abuse.
The star's numerous Instagram posts delivered around this time describe the set-up as "like being in prison", but her father has since insisted that the family shared some "good times", including vacations that saw the kids enjoying time with their mother.
And when it came to the choices he made on behalf of his daughter, Jamie insists he "didn't make any decisions on my own", instead referring to "the team of people – and Kevin".
And when it comes to his daughter's finances, Jamie refutes the idea that Britney was worth £50 million at the time of the start of her conservatorship, claiming she was "broke" and had "no money whatsoever."
He adds, "The conservatorship set a resource where she could get back financially. And, you know, we worked – and she worked – and she got herself straight up financially".
A now-retired Jamie – who suffered several medical issues such as a near-fatal rupture of the colon during the period last year where it was ruled that Britney would regain her autonomy – also claims he wants to reconcile with his daughter.
"The media has not heard the truth. They've heard the allegations from Britney," he tells the press. "There's so much s**t going on on the outside of my relationship with the boys. Sometimes I think the boys are used as a pawn, and I ain't gonna have that.
"The boys were part of my life for 12 years and were my closest grandkids."
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