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I Want My Life Back: Britney Spears Speaks Out Against ‘Abusive’ Conservatorship

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Britney Spears conservatorship: Britney Spears addressed the issue of her conservatorship for the first time in open court on Wednesday (June 23). The singer urged a judge to end a controversial guardianship that has given her father control of her affairs since 2008 during an emotional court hearing in Los Angeles. Her finances and personal life have been largely managed by Jamie Spears since her highly public breakdown more than a decade ago.

“A lot has happened since two years ago…the last time I was in court,” she began, pleading that her 13-year longstanding conservatorship should come to an end now. “I haven’t been back to court in a long time because I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court the last time.” According to NBC News, the 39-year-old mother of two appeared remotely and told the judge that she wanted an end to the conservatorship “without being evaluated.”

Spears’ father has had control over all major aspects of the singer’s life and of her estimated $60 million estate through the conservatorship. Spears alleged that over the years she has been forced to perform, subjected to numerous psych evaluations, medications and she was given no privacy. She told the court why she has not brought up these issues on social media saying she feared no one would believe her. “I thought I might become happy because I’ve been in denial,” she said.

“I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it til’ you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth, ok. I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane and I’m depressed,” Spears told the judge. She also reasoned how in several ways the conservatorship has controlled her life such as her not being able to remove an intrauterine device (IUD), used for birth control. She had also checked into a mental health facility in 2019. Britney Spears might never perform again, here’s why

She pleaded with the judge to take her concerns seriously. “I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” she added saying she wants to start a family with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari and her kids. Following her remarks, the court took a recess and has set the next hearing for July 14.

Since her court appearance, Spears has started receiving an outpouring of support from actors, singers and media personalities. Justin Timberlake tweeted a long note and said the entire industry should be supporting her at this time. He stressed no woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body or should ever be held against their will.

Singer Mariah Carey has also extended support to the singer, tweeting “We love you Britney!!! Stay strong.”

Other celebrities who came out in support are:

Feature Image Credit: Billboard