Mario Lopez is taking a surprising stance on Britney Spears’ inner circle — despite the “Toxic” singer’s own claims that her father, Jamie Spears, and her conservators have been “abusive” and that she wants to “sue” her family.
“I know her, and her father, and the family, and the management and all that — she’s got a lot of good people around her,” the “Access Hollywood” host, 47, exclusively told Page Six, “so hopefully everything gets figured out.”
The father of three, who was promoting his family’s DSW shoe line, also said, “I just wish her the best,” and reaffirmed, “She’ll be happy.”
Lopez and Spears, 39, are longtime pals and were once even rumored to have hooked up.
Throughout the “Overprotected” singer’s 13-year conservatorship, the entertainment reporter was often one of few media personalities invited to interview the pop star.
In fact, in October 2018, Lopez was asked by Spears’ team to help announce her second Las Vegas residency called “Britney: Domination.”
“It was a big announcement,” Lopez recalled to Page Six of that day. “Right in front of the [Park MGM] hotel, and she had asked me to introduce her. I was honored to do it.”
The jarringly short segment — in which Spears briefly appeared on top of a podium, waved to fans, signed a few autographs and then promptly left — was deemed “underwhelming” by many.
“It was quick,” Lopez added of the whirlwind announcement with a laugh. “She was in and out, and, you know, that’s how she rolls. But she was cool with me.”
When asked if Spears was supposed to perform that day, the “On With Mario Lopez” host said, “Not to my knowledge. They just said, ‘Will you introduce her?’ So that’s all I was aware of.”
Despite the highly produced reveal, the “Domination” shows never happened because Spears ended up going on an “indefinite work hiatus” and later checking into a mental health facility in April 2019.
In June, during her recent testimony, the “Oops! … I Did It Again” singer said at the time she had been clashing with her team over creative differences leading up to the residency, adding, “I’m not here to be anyone’s slave. I can say no to a dance move.”
She then made bombshell claims that she was forced to go to a mental health facility against her will as retaliation for not doing what she was told.
Lopez told Page Six it’s “been a minute” since he last spoke to Spears, citing busy schedules and the pandemic, but said he remains hopeful about her future.
He told us, “I’m an eternally optimistic guy, so yeah, I think she’s going to be fine.”
Earlier this month, Jamie, 69, agreed to step down as his daughter’s conservator “when the time is right,” which the “…Baby One More Time” singer’s attorney called a “major victory” for his client. The next court date in this case is scheduled for Sept. 29.