The 39-year-old pop icon, Britney Spears addressed the court in her controversial conservatorship case. The singer plead the judge to end the conservatorship that has given her father control of her affairs since 2008 and spoke against her father James Spears.
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“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” said the popstar. “I am traumatized, You know, fake it till 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. I cry every day and the reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t know how the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing,” she added.
During her appearance at the court, spears also revealed that she has an IUD that she says her family will not let her remove to have another child and that she was given lithium at one point by doctors, which she says impaired her.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I want changes, I deserve changes,” Spears pleaded to Judge Brenda Penny.
Confidential records published on tuesday by the New York Times say Spears told a court investigator that the conservatorship had “become an oppressive and controlling tool against her” as far back as 2016. Spears reportedly said the guardianship system had “too much control… Too, too much!”
What is conservatorship
As defined by the California court, a conservatorship is “a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the ‘conservator’) to care for another adult (called the ‘conservatee’) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances.”
Spears’ conservatorship is split into two parts – one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person. Under this legal agreement, Spears has not controlled her finances since 2008. He shared the duty of conservator of the estate with attorney Andrew Wallet until he resigned. Up until 2019, Jamie Spears had been the singer’s sole conservator of the person until he stepped down due to his ailing health at the time. Jodi Montgomery was made temporary conservator of the person.
This controversial case has also been at the center of the #FreeBritney movement for the past few years which stirred up again after her recent statements.
Several famous personalities including Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Kholè Kardashian have voiced their support on Twitter for Spears with #freeBritney.
After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time.
Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.
No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) June 24, 2021
We love you Britney!!! Stay strong ❤️❤️❤️
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 23, 2021
No one should be treated like this. Stay strong Queen!! You deserve better 💜🦄🌈✨💜 #FreeBritney
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) June 24, 2021
Some of Spears’ fans believe she has been forced to stay under the arrangement and even asked the White House to end her conservatorship, submitting petitions with tens of thousands of signatures.
Campaigners for the #FreeBritney movement regularly demonstrate outside court hearings.
— JessicaSuttaMX (@JSuttaMX) June 24, 2021