Britney Spears debuts a bold new look amid a lawsuit with her dad

Britney Spears debuted a shorter haircut on social media on Wednesday, coinciding with the return of her conservatorship case to a California court this week.

The 39-year-old pop star shared three photos on Instagram. The first was accompanied by the caption, “Cut my hair πŸ’‡πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ !!!! You know what they say … away with the old … in with the new !!!!! Now let’s pray πŸ˜‰πŸ’‹ πŸ™‚βœ¨ !!!!

Some of her fans commented how much they loved the new look, while others expressed concern.

One person wrote, “Nice haircut Britney! Love this new look!”

Another fan said, “Are you okay?”

The daring new look comes as Spears is engaged in a public legal battle with her father, Jamie Spears, 68. The singer has been under conservatorship since her nervous breakdown in 2007 – when she famously shaved her own head at a Los Angeles hair salon; her father was considered sole curator last year after lawyer Andrew Wallet resigned. In August, Spears filed court documents asking for her father to be removed.

In November, Brenda Penny, judge at the Superior Court in Los Angeles, turned down Spears’s request to remove her father from the conservatory. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the judge, according to the Associated Press. “She will no longer perform when her father is in charge of her career.”

This week, the elder Spears spoke with CNN in a new interview ahead of Wednesday’s hearing to discuss his handling of his daughter’s assets, the news network said.

Britney Spears on July 22, 2019.VALERIE MACON / AFP via Getty Images

β€œI love my daughter and I miss her very much,” he said. β€œWhen a family member needs special care and protection, families must stand up, as I have for the past 12 years, to unconditionally protect, protect and continue to love Britney. protection from those with self-interest and those who would harm her or my family. “

Lawyers for Britney Spears declined CNN’s request for comment, citing pending lawsuits.