Britney Spears’ conservatorship has made it all the way to Congress. We’ve got five things to know about FL Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is requesting hearings on the conservator process.
Britney Spears has found a very unlikely ally in right wing, Donald Trump-supporting U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz. The 38-year-old Republican from Florida has asked that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) host a televised inquiry into the due process of conservatorships, and specifically mentioned the “Toxic” singer in his letter. Britney, 39, has been under a conservatorship by her father Jamie Spears since 2008, and 13 years later is still fighting in court to get him removed from overseeing her finances and career.
“In recent years, there has been growing public concern about the use of conservatorships to effectively deprive individuals of personal freedoms at the behest of others through the manipulation of the courts. The most striking example is perhaps the case of multi-platinum performing artist Britney Spears,” he wrote in a Mar. 9 letter co-signed by his Congressional BFF, Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH). We’ve got five things to know about Matt Gaetz:
Matt is part of the #FreeBritney movement
In his letter, Matt brought up many points of contention that appeared in the documentary Framing Britney Spears, including how her father came about having control — and keeping it — over Britney’s life via the conservatorship. “The facts and circumstancing giving rise to this arrangement remain in dispute but involve questionable motives and legal tactics by her father and now-conservator, Jamie Spears,” he wrote. Matt later tweeted on Mar. 9 that “I think @britneyspears would be a great witness in the House Judiciary Committee. She would likely have a lot to say on conservatorships. #FreeBritney”
Matt represents the citizens of the Florida Panhandle
His 1st congressional district includes the city of Pensacola, as well as two popular vacation destinations of Destin and Fort Walton Beach along the Gulf Coast. Matt was raised in the beachside town of Seaside, in between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City Beach.
Matt is one of Congress’ most controversial members
His attention seeking antics include wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House in March 2020. He mocked what he believed was an overreactive response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic during a hearing about funding the public health battle. Gaetz also defended Trump calling Haiti a “sh*thole country” in 2018 by tweeting, “The conditions in Haiti are deplorable, they are disgusting. I mean, everywhere you look in Haiti, it’s sheet metal and garbage.”
Matt grew up in the actual house used in the Jim Carrey film The Truman Show
The congressman and his younger sister Erin were raised in the picturesque Seaside, FL home that was where Jim Carrey‘s Truman Burbank lived in the 1998 film about a man who’s entire life was televised as a reality show without his knowledge. A sign on the white picket fence in front of the structure lets tourists know they’re in the right place, as it reads “The Truman House.” It sits a mere 500 feet from the stunning beach in Seaside, and Matt’s parents Don and Victoria still live there.
So on an ordinary night at the most beautiful place in the world, this just happened…
— Dr. Gina – RAV (@RealAmVoice) (@RealDrGina) December 31, 2020
Thank you for sharing the moment with us Judge! https://t.co/w9Mejm46mZ
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) December 31, 2020
Matt is newly engaged
He popped the question to 26-year-old girlfriend Ginger Luckey on Dec. 30, 2020 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. His friend, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro was there for the moment, and tweeted a photo of the couple kissing right after Matt asked Ginger to marry him. “Congressman @mattgaetz asked and Ginger said ‘yes,’” Jeanne wrote. Matt retweeted the post and shared, “Thank you for sharing the moment with us Judge!”