Britney Spears virtually went before a court Wednesday (Jun. 23, 2021) to speak publicly for the first time about the conservatorship, overseen by her father, that has controlled almost every aspect of her life for 13 years.
“It is my wish and dream for all of this to end,” said Spears. “I want my life back.”
Her anger over her situation was palpable, and her tone starkly contrasted with the often happy and jovial persona she presents on her Instagram. She seemed to be all too aware of this discrepancy.
“I’ve lied to the world that I’m happy and OK, it’s a lie. Maybe if I said it enough, I would become it. I am traumatized, fake it to make it. I am not happy. I can’t sleep. I am so angry, it’s insane, I am depressed and I cry every day.”
She said that she would like to be able to sue her family over the position they’ve left her in, and said that her lawyer, whom she did not choose for herself, never told her that she was able to petition to terminate the conservatorship.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” said Spears. “My request is to end the conservatorship without being evaluated like before.”
She also said that the conservators are interfering with her freedom to decide whether to have more children. “I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” she said.
She told the court, “I should not be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide money and work for myself and pay other people.”
She added: “It makes no sense. The laws need to change. What state allows people to own other people’s money and to threaten them, and saying you can’t spend your money unless you do what we tell you to do? And I’m paying them!”
The superstar has been under a court-approved conservatorship for 13 years, and Spears has unsuccessfully tried to have her father Jamie Spears removed as a conservator of her estate, with her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, arguing that the singer is “afraid” of her father and does not want him to have control over her finances and career.
According to confidential court records secured by the New York Times, Britney herself had “quietly pushed” to end the conservatorship and expressed her want to have her father removed from the agreement as early as 2014.
“She articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her,” the publication says a court investigator had written in 2016, per an NYT investigation that was posted a day prior to Britney’s hearing.
“She is ‘sick of being taken advantage of’ and she said she is the one working and earning her money but everyone around her is on her payroll,” the investigator wrote in their file.
What this means, in the long run, is still unclear, as the courts will have to make a decision on the future of the conservatorship.
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