Who is Bryan Spears? Britney Spears' brother was the ONLY family member to attend her wedding
Considering everything Britney Spears has been through during her conservatorship, it's no wonder that she's on bad terms with her family. However, she may have a better relationship with her elder brother Bryan Spears, who was reportedly the only family member to be invited to her nuptials.
Bryan Spears, 45, co-managed the Princess of Pop's controversial conservatorship alongside his father Jamie. He was the only member of her family to have secured an invite to her wedding with longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari on Thursday, June 9, after Jamie, her mother Lynne, and sister Jamie Lynn were all left out of the invite list. Bryan was spotted running errands ahead of his sister's lavish nuptials, but the film producer refused to confirm if he would be walking his sister down the aisle, the Daily Mail reported.
Who is Bryan Spears?
Born in 1977, Bryan Spears is the pop star's older brother by four years. He works as a TV and film producer and has previously worked on a number of projects for Jamie Lynn, including episodes of 'Zoey 101', per IMDb. Bryan tends to remain out of the limelight but he's the only family member of Britney's to give a comment in the 2021 New York Times documentary 'Framing Britney Spears'.
The producer was previously married to Graciella Sanchez, who had worked as Jamie Lynn's talent manager. They tied the knot in 2008 and welcomed daughter Lexie Spears in 2011. The pair went their separate ways and eventually divorced in 2017. In August 2021, a judge ordered Bryan to pay Graciella a hefty sum in child support. That said, he appears to have moved on after he posted a photo on Instagram in 2020 with a woman named Amber, who he referred to as his "lady."
According to available reports, Bryan did profit off his sister's conservatorship. NBC Washington reported how he was a trustee of a trust established in the songstress's name. In 2008, after Britney had been in the conservatorship for a few months, a judge ordered her to pay over a million dollars to those who had assisted her. Bryan is said to have received a one-time payment of $200K from his sister for helping her prior to her conservatorship. Meanwhile, her father was already on her payroll and even got a raise. As reported by the New Yorker, "Jamie, Lynne, and Spears’s brother, Bryan, have all spent years on Spears’s payroll, and, as friends who spoke with her at the time recalled, she was increasingly resentful of their efforts to influence her."
Bryan has also been accused of trying to control Britney in the past. In December, dancer Anthony Garza, who worked on Britney’s Onyx Hotel Tour and her “Live From Miami” Showtime special in 2004, said her brother attempted to control her years before her conservatorship was established. Anthony took to Instagram to claim that Bryan would often cancel Britney's plans with her pals so she would be "home alone" without company in between concerts. “We were told from the beginning that everyone would be drug tested and to keep [our] communication minimal with Britney,” he wrote. “They told us ‘If Britney asks if you have plans… you don’t.’ ‘If Britney asks you to go somewhere …you can’t.’”
The dancer also recounted one night when Britney invited her crew to her New York City apartment. He said Bryan told them the plans were canceled and so no one turned up. “Britney’s brother told us plans were canceled and Britney would be spending the evening with family, and that if Britney called don’t answer,” Anthony wrote. “We didn’t go and we didn’t answer and Britney sat home alone.” He wrote that Britney was "upset" that her dancers didn't attend her party, and when she learned her brother had foiled her plans, “she was livid yelling at her brother ‘You can’t control me’ and such'. She made her brother apologize to us.”
Bryan publicly commented on his sister's conservatorship for the first time in July 2020, and while he admitted it was "frustrating" for the pop sensation, he seemed to support it. "She's always wanted to get out of it. It’s very frustrating to have," he said on an episode of the 'As Not Seen on TV' podcast. "Whether someone’s coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating. She's wanted to get out of it for quite some time," Bryan continued. However, he later claimed the conservatorship had "been a great thing for our family, to this point, and [we] keep hoping for the best."
Britney was notably at odds with all of her family members during a July 2021 court appearance, when she openly told the judge, “I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you.” Nonetheless, it's possible that Bryan has tried to mend his relationship with his sister and changed his views about the conservatorship. After all, he did seem to be happy when the arrangement was finally terminated in November 2021. "Happy Britdependence day! Proud of you Brit!" he wrote on Instagram while sharing a family photo at the time.