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Amber Tamblyn relates to Britney Spears conservatorship battle in new essay

‘I was everyone’s ATM’: Former child star Amber Tamblyn relates to Britney Spears conservatorship battle in new essay about difficulties of parents managing her money 

  • Former child actor Amber Tamblyn is showing support for Britney Spears amid her conservatorship battle
  • In an op-ed for The New York Times, the actress got candid about the difficulties of her parents managing her money
  • Amber, 38, made clear that she did not endure anywhere near the same trauma that Britney has 
  • She revealed that her parents were active as her managers until she got engaged to her now husband David Cross, when she was 28 and he was 48

Amber Tamblyn is recounting her own struggles as a child actor and being managed by her parents, in a new essay supporting Britney Spears.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Tamblyn – who found fame appearing on General Hospital from 1995 to 2000 and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants film series – discussed the tricky business of having family control your earnings. 

‘My money paid for our vacations, dinners out, and sometimes even the bills,’ she wrote in the piece. ‘When it finally came time to disentangle our personal and professional relationships, it was deeply painful for all three of us.’

Spears, 39, currently has no say in her estimated $60million fortune due to being under her conservatorship, and is given a weekly allowance of $2,000.

Cash cow: Britney has an estimated $60million fortune but is only allowed a $2,000 weekly allowance per the terms of her conservatorship

‘I was everyone’s ATM’: Former child star Amber Tamblyn relates to Britney Spears conservatorship battle in new essay about difficulties of parents managing her money

Tamblyn, 38, revealed that her parents were active as her managers until she got engaged to her now husband David Cross, when she was 28 and he was 48. 

Appearing to understand the frustration heard by Spears – who told a Judge last week that she was ‘no-one’s slave’ – Tamblyn said: ‘I was everyone’s A.T.M.’ 

Tamblyn was 12 when she started acting, and described herself as being ‘a bank’ but one that was ‘nonetheless, unconditionally loved,’ adding: ‘Still, as I got older, it got harder to trust the source of that love.’

Work: Amber found fame appearing on General Hospital from 1995 to 2000 and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (above)

Work: Amber found fame appearing on General Hospital from 1995 to 2000 and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (above) 

Hit movie: The actress was part of the lucrative film franchise, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

Hit movie: The actress was part of the lucrative film franchise, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 

She was also careful to point out that her parents were ‘supportive and ethical in every way,’ describing her father as ‘fiercely protective advocate.’ Still, the business side of things created problems.

‘Having my parents on payroll was damaging to our relationship, whether we understood that or not,’ Tamblyn explained.

‘I couldn’t shake the feeling that every time I had a conversation with my parents about money it felt as if I was asking for an allowance — only the allowance came from money I’d earned.’

Protesters gathered in Los Angeles on Wednesday ahead of the eagerly-anticipated hearing

Protesters gathered in Los Angeles on Wednesday ahead of the eagerly-anticipated hearing

However, she made clear that she did not endure anywhere near the same trauma that Spears has.

‘I can see how easy it would have been to slip into those dynamics,’ Tamblyn said.

‘In these situations, some kind of damage is invariably done – a stunting of the ability of an individual to grow and make the most basic of decisions, or practice good boundaries.’

‘When I finally parted professional ways with my parents, they couldn’t help but feel as if they had done something wrong. But they hadn’t. Money had.’

Spears told a Judge last week that she wants to end her 13-year-long conservatorship that has been controlled by her father Jamie Spears.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk