Britney Spears Officially Filed to Remove Her Father, Jamie, From Her Conservatorship

“Now, and for the past many years, Conservatee is able to care for her person and in fact has, within the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity,” the petition states.

The filing was made one week after Britney’s testimony in which she asked for her nearly 13-year conservatorship to be terminated.

Jodi Montgomery claims Jamie Spears used his daughter’s money for his own defense.

In documents filed in Los Angeles court on July 9, per People, Britney’s personal conservator accused Jamie of taking “more than $2 million of his daughter’s money” to defend himself and remain in control of Britney’s estate. 

“It is ironic that Mr. Spears now wants the conservatorship to ‘reflect her wishes,’ since it is no secret that Ms. Spears has wished her father out of her life for years,” Montgomery’s lawyer Lauriann Wright also wrote in the document. Read more, here.

Britney is granted the right to hire her own attorney, demands her father’s removal from her conservatorship. 

“I’m here to get rid of my dad and charge him for conservatorship abuse,” she told a court on July 14, according to Variety. “I want to press charges for abuse on this conservatorship today…all of it.”

She continued, “I’m here now today, your honor, to remove my dad altogether.”

According to Variety, the pop icon told Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees her case, that she was made to take psych tests “against her will” during her Circus concert tour, which ran in 2009. She says she was told if she complied, her life would go back to normal. “I did it all and they lied…they did nothing,” Spears said. “They didn’t end it, and I kept working.” The singer added she doesn’t want people to “question my intelligence for the millionth time.”

Per Variety, Spears told the judge she’s not “perfect” but that her “episodes” stemmed from “what they did to me,” presumably referring to her conservators. “It was their goal to make me feel crazy, which I’m not.”

In her testimony, Spears also claimed her father got her driver’s license taken away, made sure she couldn’t drink coffee, controlled her diet, and took away her “pink hair vitamins.” “That’s not abuse. That’s just fucking cruelty,” she said. 

She also opened up a bit about her history with her father, saying, “I was always extremely scared of my dad and scared he was going to show up drunk somewhere.

“Instead of trying to investigate my behavior or my capacity, I want my dad investigated,” Spears said. “This conservatorship is literally allowing my dad to rule my life…. That is abuse, and we all know it.”

She also said, “I’m angry, and I will go there,” referring to her desire to sue her father for conservatorship abuse. 

For the time being, Spears has requested the conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, remain on her case. 

Shortly after the hearing, the lawyer Spears hired, Mathew Rosengart, called for Jamie Spears to voluntarily step down from his daughter’s conservatorship. “This is not working. What is supposed to be at the heart of this has been lost,” he said. “There is a real question as to why Mr. Spears does not voluntarily step down today…. Is he here for financial reasons? Does anybody really believe that Mr. Spears’s involvement is in the best interest of his daughter?” Rosengart also confirmed his firm would be investigating the origins of Spears’s conservatorship, which was put into effect in 2008. He said, “A conservatorship was probably not necessary.”

Jamie’s lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, said the elder Spears would not resign. 

Britney officially filed to remove her father from her conservatorship.

Per the New York Times, Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, filed the petition on Monday, July 26. He cited that if “Ms. Spears has sufficient capacity to choose her own legal counsel, she likewise has sufficient capacity to make this nomination.” She’s asking for a certified public accountant in California, Jason Rubin, to be named conservator of her estate. 

This post may be updated as new information becomes available. 

Alex Rodriguez Was in St. Tropez at the Same Time as Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

It must be awkward enough watching your ex post makeout pics with their new bae, but Alex Rodriguez had to do it while vacationing in the same exact town.

On July 24, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 52nd birthday by posting makeout pics with Ben Affleck, recreating that steamy “Jenny from the Block” yacht scene, and basically having the time of her life. But she wasn’t the only one celebrating a birthday in St. Tropez.

According to Page Six, A-Rod was also on a yacht off the shores of the French coastal town where he was also celebrating his upcoming 46th birthday, which lands on July 27. “He’s with family and friends and people he works with,” a source previously told People. “He’s doing great and celebrating his birthday and Minnesota Timberwolves sale.”

While Lopez practically broke the internet on July 24 when she went Instagram official with Affleck, Rodriguez had a boat post of his own to share that same day:

A few days earlier, he posted a photo from the yacht to kick off his “#EuroTrip.”

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez officially called off their engagement in April. “We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” they told Today in a statement. “We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.” 

Despite the copacetic statement, Rodriguez reportedly hoped to “get her back,” while Lopez quickly moved on with Affleck, her ex-fiancé from the early 2000s. Ever since then it’s been all about Bennifer. According to a source who recently spoke to People, the couple is “madly in love” and consider themselves “the loves of each other’s lives.”

A separate source told the publication, “Even though their split many years ago was devastating for Jennifer, she has never had a bad word to say about Ben. She believes that it just wasn’t meant to be then and feels like they’ve been given a second chance.” 


Jennifer Lopez Was Photographed Wearing a ‘BEN’ Necklace, Because Of Course

In news that should surprise no one at this point, Jennifer Lopez was photographed in Monaco, France on Monday, July 26 wearing a “BEN” necklace. People has photos. 

Presumably, that’s “BEN” for Ben Affleck, who recently reunited with Lopez after they called off their engagement in 2004. It’s only been the talk of the internet for months. We have a full timeline of their relationship, which truly does feel like a movie, here. 

Lopez turned 52 on July 24, and it seems she used the occasion to go public with her Affleck romance. She posted a photo to her Instagram grid of them kissing—it’s cheekily the last snap in a four-photo carousel. They also recreated that steamy yacht scene from the pop icon’s “Jenny From the Block” video. You know the one: It’s where Affleck is rubbing Lopez’s bikini bottom-clad bum. Watch the video, below, in case you forgot: 

But yeah: The couple remade that scene IRL.TMZ has photos of that. 

It seems Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are letting pictures do the talking on their relationship—for now. Neither of them has said anything about the romance. However, “sources” and “insiders” have been spilling for months now. One insider told People they are “the loves of each other’s lives” and “madly in love.” And a source told E! Online, “She wants to give it a shot with Ben. They never really had closure and she has always wondered what could have been. The timing was never right and they were in different places until now.”

Before their reunion, Affleck sung Lopez’s praises in a story for InStyle. “She has great talent, but she has also worked very hard for her success,” he said. “And I’m so happy for her that she seems, at long last, to be getting the credit she deserves.”

The credit and also, it appears, the love. 

Who’s Going On a Cruise After COVID? Lots of Women.

On Notarnicola’s cruise, passengers were only allowed onboard with a negative COVID test, and were tested again on the second-to-last day. The cruise was at less than half capacity, and buffets were reduced and helmed by servers. Guests went mostly maskless, though every worker wore a mask. When people gathered in large groups, Notarnicola remembers, they were politely asked to disburse.

No one minded. “I did not see one upset person on the cruise the entire time,” she laughs. “Everyone was just beyond excited to get back on the ship—we just wanted to be together and have fun.” Notarnicola is a millennial, and she runs a cruise-themed YouTube channel with her boyfriend. Her identity as a cruiser, says Susie Flores, a longtime travel advisor, isn’t far outside the norm. “There’s a stereotype, ‘It’s only for old people’—you think of retired people playing shuffleboard and bingo,” she says. “But I think cruising has evolved. This aspect of it being formal—it is not.”

Flores, who is 44 and a devoted cruise-goer herself, works with plenty of multi-generational families, parents with kids, and retirees. But there’s been a shift. “Recently we’re seeing an increase in millennial travel,” she says. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines have implemented studio-style cabins, a departure from many years of suites and staterooms meant for families and couples.

Part of the draw of cruises, and the shift in clientele, is that for many people while cruises are definitely a luxury, they’re also much more within reach than, say, just flying to a tropical destination and camping out at a hotel for a week. “Cruises in general end up being so much more cost-efficient,” Notarnicola says, explaining how one upfront cost covers accommodation, travel to multiple destinations, activities, and three meals a day. “It’s just everything you need in one place—there’s nothing like it.” Flores agrees. “It is an appetizer sampler of a vacation.”

In this sense, cruise culture is a little bit like Disney-culture, or Broadway culture, or certain popular luxury brands. For a long time, they were mostly available to the ultra-wealthy, which made them seem glamorous and refined. Now these things are somewhat within reach of middle class people. Every person I spoke to who lives in the world of artisanal goods and upscale minimalism talked about going on a cruise in the COVID age as sloppy and stupid. But those same people plan to travel on planes, eat in restaurants, and take public transportation. To me, it seems like a class issue—judging people who enjoy a popular activity as not only having poor taste, but also worse judgment.

Flores isn’t concerned over vacation snobbery. She loves cruise culture—the kind people, the ease of travel, the connections with workers from around the world. “There’s also something very therapeutic about being out on the open sea,” she says. “You leave your worries on land, and it’s just you and the ocean. You open up your balcony door, smell the salty sea air, and there’s just nothing but blue all around.”

Slowly, cruise ships are lowering their gangways. Restaurants are filling; summer camps are teeming with children. The country is “not out of the woods yet,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky cautioned this week, pointing to a rise in infections and hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.

Some people will go on cruise ships, others will turn up their noses. But we are all, one way or another, out to sea.

After Backlash, Meghan and Harry’s Daughter Has Been Added to the Line of Succession

Put away the pitchforks: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Lilibet, has finally been added to the official royal line of succession.

In late July, Cosmo reported that the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained off the line of succession on the royal family’s website (click here for screengrabs). Considering Lilibet Diana was born well over a month ago on June 4, this struck many royal followers as very odd, if not downright disrespectful.

At the time, ITV’s Chris Ship said Buckingham Palace could be “making a point” by leaving Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter off the list. But, per Cosmo, a royal representative said that the site is simply “updated periodically.” 

“You have got to ask what has taken them so long. All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number,” Ship said, according to The Mirror. “They must have done it before. They did it for Archie. Clearly, they did it for Louis when he was born. And they have done it for some of the other children, like August  that have been born as well.”

He continued, “So where’s Lilibet? I can forgive them a week or two but a month?…. Is it them saying, ‘We will get around to it when ready?’ It does feel like to me, maybe, they are making a point.”

Well, if the royal family was making a point, someone must have decided enough was enough. On July 26, royal reporter Omid Scobie pointed out that Lilibet has officially been given a spot on the list. The little royal is now sitting at number eight, just under her brother, Archie, and two under her father, Prince Harry. (Neither Meghan Markle nor Kate Middleton are on this list as they are not royal-born.)

You may notice that Archie and Lilibet are listed as “Master” and “Miss,” as opposed to “Prince” and “Princess” like their Cambridge cousins. This is rumored to be a major contention between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family. In that explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle explained that the family had decided to change “protocol” for her two-year-old.

“They didn’t want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Markle told Winfrey, per People. “We have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title.’ And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”

However, there is still a chance they will be “upgraded,” according to royal historian Robert Lacey. “I don’t think [Prince Charles] will make the unpopular and hostile move of removing the royal status of his grandchildren,” Lacey told People in June. Time will tell. 


Emmy Rossum Posted a Pic of Her Baby Daughter to Social Media for the First Time

Shameless actor Emmy Rossum revealed on Instagram July 25 that after she got vaccinated against COVID-19 while pregnant, her healthy baby girl now has antibodies to fight the disease. She then shared the sweetest mother-daughter picture.

In the photo—the first Rossum’s posted of her daughter with husband Sam Esmail—the baby’s face is turned away from the camera, and Rossum is planting a kiss on her cheek. A truly sweet moment. She wrote in the caption, “When I was pregnant I got vaccinated. Not only did we have a healthy, beautiful baby girl but we also just learned our daughter now has antibodies. In short, stop being an irresponsible idiot and get the vaccine.” 

See Emmy Rossum’s post, below. 

On the subject of getting the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant, the CDC’s website reads, “Limited data are available about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. Based on how these vaccines work in the body, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant. However, there are currently limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people. Clinical trials that study the safety of COVID-19 vaccines and how well they work in pregnant people are underway or planned. Vaccine manufacturers are also collecting and reviewing data from people in the completed clinical trials who received vaccine and became pregnant.” 

COVID-related deaths are rising nationwide for the first time in months as masks have come off and group events have returned. “There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, said at a recent White House briefing, according to NPR.  “Our biggest concern is we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations, and, sadly, deaths among the unvaccinated.”

Issa Rae Just Got Married in Two Stunning Vera Wang Gowns

Issa Rae shone like a star at her recent wedding to Louis Diame. The actor, writer, and producer added wife to her resumé after a private ceremony in the south of France on July 25, Vera Wang confirmed in a press email. 

Rae joked that the pics she posted from the wedding were simply an “impromptu photo shoot in a custom @verawang dress.” 

She then joked about her bridesmaids, “My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed.” Ever the comedian, she even described her first snaps as a newlywed, “Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband.” The groom wore Dolce & Gabbana, in red velvet, it looks like.

She also included a shot of the gorgeous pink chateau where it seems the wedding took place (peep the altar and chairs). Rae added that the day felt “so real and special.” Aww.

For the ceremony, Rae wore a full-skirted white strapless gown and veil by Vera Wang Haute. She kept her makeup clean, and pulled her hair back into a pretty ponytail. She completed the look with stud earrings and metallic peep toe heels. On Vera Wang’s own Instagram page, the iconic designer wrote, “@IssaRae You look ethereal! Wishing you and Louis continued happiness and joy in your new life together 👏 👏 XX Vera 🤍 🤍 🤍” Wang also shared a moody black-and-white photo of Rae in her second look for the wedding reception: a plunging V-neck with straps. Wrote Wang, “For the reception [Issa Rae] chose a custom lily white Italian silk crepe plunging V-neck A-line gown with a layered tulle skirt accented by a dramatic front slit.”

All of these pics are going on our wedding inspo Pinterests right now. Big congrats, Issa and Louis!

The ‘Kitten Eye’ Is the Coolest New Take on Liner

A cat eye will always be classic and flattering—hence its enduring appeal. That being said, like anything else, eyeliner looks come in and out of style, and kitten eyeliner is the newest way to wing. 

Earlier this year it was all about smudgy, smokey liner—a throwback to teenage angst and a perfect way to wear our pandemic-induced rage on our faces. But now that things are starting to settle, crisp winged liner is back, with a twist. 

What makeup artists are calling the ‘kitten eye’—a subtler and daintier version of the classic cat eye— is the coolest way to wear liner at the moment. “Smaller lines are starting to be a trend because they are easier to execute,” says celebrity makeup artist Tarryn Feldman. “I also feel that people want a cleaner eyeliner look, and because the kitten eye requires less liner, it can be cleaner and easier to do.”

The kitten eye has become a staple in what I’m calling “TikTok face,” which is all about minimal makeup and glowing skin, with a focus on lifting the face. Staples include brushed-up soap brows, lots of “stacked” cream blush, and some fake freckles dotted across the nose. The kitten eye perfectly falls into this aesthetic, since it has a more natural vibe than a more dramatic cat eye, but lifts and elongates the eyes for a “snatched” look. 

While some eye shapes can be overwhelmed by a larger wing, part of the kitten eye’s appeal is that it’s universally flattering. “Kitten eyeliner looks good on everyone, it’s just a little pop,” says Feldman. “Overall, every eye shape can do many different types of liner so never get discouraged that you can’t rock a cool liner or try something new.”

The technique is pretty simple, especially if you already have a classic cat eye down-pat. The main difference is to start your liner in the center of your eye, instead of tracing all the way from the inner corner. Then use short, thin strokes to draw along your lash line, and give it a tiny flick at the end for a subtle wing. 

Feldman says using a black eyeshadow and flat liner brush is a pretty foolproof way to get it right if you’re not confident with a liquid liner (if you are, she likes Naked Poppy’s). Or for a more smudgey take, Feldman says to use a pencil on your lash line, and blend it up and out with a smudger brush. No matter what method you use, if things get too dramatic, just tighten up your wing with a little micellar water and some pointed Q-tips. 

Ready to give the trend a spin? Shop some of our favorite liners below. 

Naked Poppy Clean Liquid Eyeliner

$22

Naked Poppy

Reina Rebelde Rebel Eye Definer Liquid

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Makeup by Mario Master Pigment Pro Eyeliner Pencil

$22

Sephora

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner

$10

Maybelline

Shiseido MicroLiner Ink Eyeliner

$22

Shiseido

Lancôme Artliner Precision Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner

$31

Lancôme

NYX Professional Makeup Super Skinny Eye Marker Black Eyeliner

$10

NYX Professional Makeup

Bella Cacciatore is the beauty writer at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @bellacacciatore_.

31 Famous Leos Who Were Born for the Spotlight

If we had to guess one zodiac sign that’s prolific in Hollywood, it’d be Leos. Famous Leos are common in show business for several reasons. For one, Leos—especially Leo celebrities—have a flair for theatrics (duh). People who are born under the fire sign are also said to be ambitious (makes sense). Another common Leo trait: They like to feel important. That’s the perfect recipe for someone who wants to make it in the entertainment industry. Just look at Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, and Demi Lovato for proof. 

But, don’t be fooled. Actors and musicians aren’t the only famous Leos. There are also politicians and royalty (wink, Meghan Markle, wink). Their confidence, charisma, and charm make them natural stars. Keep reading for more Leo celebrities. (And don’t forget to check your own monthly horoscope after.)

Gabrielle Union Explained Why She Just Chopped Off Her Hair

Gabrielle Union just cut off most of her hair, and she looks stunning. “So, I did a thing 🤗,” she wrote on Instagram alongside pictures of the new look. “The movies always show women cutting their hair when all is lost, but I wanted to know the feeling of making a change when things are gravy. It hits different and its’ foreign to me but I ❤❤❤ this new new.” She added the hashtags “#SummerChop #FlawlessChop #FlawlessCut” for good measure. 

Union is totally right: The trauma haircut is a common (and sometimes irksome trope) on screen. However, we play around with our hair all the time—even when things are going well.  

Check out Union’s post for yourself, below. In the pics she’s posing in a high-rise apartment and looking stylish and relaxed. Beauty-wise, she’s rocking a bold red lip, winged eyeliner, and she accessorized with hoop earrings and chain necklaces. Her black dress is sleek and perfect for summer, as well. 

Union’s comments section is overwhelmingly positive, with messages of support coming from her celebrity friends like Lily Aldridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashanti, Yvonne Orji, and Tia Mowry. Many used the heart-eyes emoji to show how much their digging Union’s new look.

It looks like Gabrielle Union has been gearing up for this transformation all week. On July 21, she debuted a chic, super short bob on the set of her new Netflix movie. So, does this new style mean filming is over, or will she wig it for the rest of production? 

Short hair is certainly having a moment this year. “I think 2021 will be all about structure. Out with the messy texture; in comes the polished structure,” Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One in L.A, told Glamour a few months back.

“Considering the current climate, a lot of women are doing their hair at home, therefore easy, effortless looks will be the go-to,” says Naeemah LaFond, Amika’s global artistic director.