This ^ is a photo of Britney Spears and her new boyfriend, Charles “Charlie” Ebersol, which Britney posted on her Instagram a few days ago. Britney confirmed her relationship with Charlie last week, and this whole thing seems pretty new. Something nice: Charlie seems much more together and much less shady than the last guy. Something not nice: Britney is still very much under her conservatorship and every aspect of her life is still controlled by her father, Jamie Spears. So it shouldn’t be any big surprise that Charlie got the stamp of approval from Jamie. Not only that, but it seems like Jamie hand-picked Charlie for his daughter:
Britney Spears’ new beau Charles Ebersol is not only Dad approved, he was Dad selected. The pop star’s ‘dadager’ and conservator Jamie Spears knows that reality TV producer Charles Ebersol is no gold digger. ‘Charlie had to pass the dad test for sure,’ a long-time business friend of Jamie’s tells MailOnline exclusively. ‘And Charlie had to pass legal muster, too, with that mob of lawyers that run her world.’
Charlie Ebersol, 31, is the son of former NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol. ‘Britney functions best with a man in her life, and Jamie knows that. He’s is good at selecting just the right candidates. They last a while. That’s all anyone can ask, really. Britney has a complicated life. It took less than a month for Jamie to find Charlie. He eyeballed him from a distance at first. But after a few meetings together, Jamie knew he’d found a good guy. Jamie had to do this stuff slowly and cautiously, so Britney wouldn’t rebel. He had to make it seem like it was her idea to date Charlie, and not the other way around or it wouldn’t work.’
In early September, after accepting a business ‘pitch’ meeting with Ebersol, who co-founded the reality TV production house ‘The Company,’ it became clear to Mr. Spears that the young entrepreneur should be high up on the short list.
‘Charlie is very much like Britney. They make a good couple. He was born privileged. He gets the game. He gets her lifestyle. He gets her. They’re both about the same height, if that matters. And they are both a little out of touch with the cost of bread. They’ve been rich from a very young age. They live that world. They were raised the same, in the Industry,’ revealed the insider. ‘Big emphasis on family and giving back to charities, that sort of stuff. That’s what Jamie loves about him. Charlie’s an okay guy. He isn’t out to screw anybody. He saved his dad from a burning plane wreck, for chrissakes. What more could you want?’
Initially, Jamie met Ebersol from across a conference table. The TV show producer was pitching Team Spears an idea for a reality show starring Britney. ‘The concept sounded good to Jamie, and I guess it seems that as the meetings advanced, Britney was brought in to meet Charlie.
‘Lo and behold there was chemistry there. This was a couple of months ago now. So Jamie sat on that idea of a reality show. You have to remember, Britney gets pitched these things 50 times a day. But Jamie liked the idea of her going out into the world and doing good. She’s really so naturally generous. To a fault, really. And so is Charlie.’
Sources suggest the Britney’s reality show would peg her as a philanthropist, rather than a chart topper. Each episode would follow Britney finding new ways to give money or services to people or give back to a community.
‘Jamie likes the idea. And so does Britney. It puts her out of her comfort zone of playing mom and rock star and into the role of giving to those in need.’
And with each subsequent meeting, one thing led to another. Pretty soon, Charlie and Britney were moving from the board room into the dining room. ‘There were a few ‘dinner’ meetings. They were getting to know each other.’
Meanwhile, Jamie maintained a strict leash on his ward. Britney can date, surely. But Edan Yemini, Britney’s bodyguard of more than six years, always must be waiting nearby. Whether at the restaurant’s bar observing, or in an SUV idling out front, Britney’s guards are charged with never leaving her alone.
Um… does anyone else feel uncomfortable with all of this?! I sometimes feel like it’s the Twilight Zone when I’m writing about Britney and her father and her legal situation. It’s like all of these media outlets have agreed to pretend like this is a completely normal situation. It’s not normal! Jamie Spears auditions potential boyfriends. He has to approve first, then he has to set her up on a “date” without it looking like a date or she might throw a hissy fit, I guess. And then if Britney thinks the guy is okay – with a bodyguard present at all times! – then the guy gets to be called “Britney’s Boyfriend.” I mean… it’s fine because I suspect that this really is “best for Britney” and the guys go into it knowing what’s up. But what bugs me is that we’re supposed to treat all of this like a true romance when it’s just a legal contract to “date” Britney for a year. And I do wonder if what’s truly best for Britney is being taken out of Britney Inc.
Some photos of Britney in Las Vegas last week:
Photos courtesy of Instagram, Fame/Flynet.