by Madeline Forwerck
In a hearing on Wednesday, Britney Spears broke her silence on the court-ordered conservatorship that has withheld her autonomy since 2008. “I just want my life back.”
After the public fallout of Britney’s 2007 divorce, Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, filed for the conservatorship as a temporary, “emergency” measure. But 13 years later — during which time she has released albums, launched business ventures, performed internationally and held a multi-year Las Vegas residency — the conservatorship maintains control over Britney’s personal life, finances and career.
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work,” Britney told a Los Angeles probate judge. “It makes no sense.”
In a 24-minute statement, Britney went on to detail the restrictive conditions of the conservatorship. She says she has been forced to work and perform, denied privacy, and prevented from socializing and having a family of her own.
In 2018, Britney’s father pressured her to check into a rehab facility after management reported “uncooperative” behavior at a rehearsal. In the years since, she says she has endured unwanted psychiatric supervision and medication as a trade-off for permission to see her boyfriend and kids. Though she wants to have another baby, she says conservators will not allow her to remove her IUD.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” Britney said. “I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
While Jamie Spears denies the arrangement is an effort to control his daughter’s fortune, Britney feels the conservatorship is a direct attempt to take advantage of her fame and power. She plans to sue her family, by whom she reports feeling “threatened” and “afraid.” Ultimately, she hopes to regain the freedom to appoint her own lawyer, set the terms of her therapy, and end the conservatorship without another psychiatric evaluation.
“I deserve to have a life,” Britney concluded. “I deserve to have the same rights as anybody else does.”
The next court hearing is set for July 14.
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