Addressing an l. a. court judge via a foreign connection, Britney Spears on Wednesday afternoon made her most public statement so far about her long-running conservatorship. For over a decade, the pop star’s life has been ruled by an atypical court-dictated legal arrangement that removes practically all autonomy from her life. Until now, she has remained mostly quiet on the topic . In a passionate statement to the judge, she pleaded for the conservatorship to finish. consistent with tweets sent by observers on the scene, and a few audios that were heard by NPR, Spears was sternly open and outspoken about her situation.
“I feel ganged abreast of, I feel bullied and that I feel overlooked and alone,” Spears said. “And I’m uninterested in feeling alone.” She detailed parts of her life that had been unknown. She said that she is being exploited which she can’t sleep, is depressed, and cries a day . Spears recalled one incident during which she didn’t want to try to to a further run of shows in Las Vegas. She felt relieved when her handlers said she did not have to try to to the shows anymore, but suspected there would be consequences. Days later, Spears said her therapist told her that he heard she was being uncooperative. She said he then took her off her regular meds and put her on a lithium regimen. In another shocking revelation, Spears said that she wanted to possess another child, but has been forced to stay an IUD in situ.
Throughout her statement, Spears reminded the judge that it had been her work financially supporting the people controlling her — namely her father, Jamie Spears. “All I would like is to have my money and for this to finish,” she said. The plea could also be Spears’ final public say on the matter. Through her lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, she said that the statement was all she wanted the general public to listen to and suggested that proceedings from now on be sealed. Jamie Spears, who has been responsible for Spears’ conservatorship, said through his lawyer that he’s sorry to ascertain his daughter in such a lot of pain which he misses her and loves her considerably . The hearing ended without a resolution.
Los Angeles court Judge Brenda Penny called Spears’ remarks “courageous” and said Spears would need to file a proper petition posing for the conservatorship to finish before she could render a choice . Before Wednesday, after a recent NY Times and FX documentary, Framing Britney Spears, reignited interest in her story and therefore the wider Free Britney movement, she had shied far away from public comment but did share some thoughts on social media. “I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I used to be embarrassed by the sunshine they put me in,” she wrote in an Instagram caption in March. “I cried for 2 weeks and well… I still cry sometimes !!!!”
On Tuesday, The NY Times, citing recently obtained confidential court records, reported that Spears has been trying to fight her conservatorship for years. In 2008, Jamie Spears gained control of all aspects of his daughter’s life after the singer publicly struggled together with her psychological state. (As the Framing Britney Spears documentary brought new attention to her case, it also started some soul-searching among media types who farmed her psychological state issues for tabloid headlines.) Everything from her performances to her finances to her relationships together with her two now-teenage sons was under her father’s control.
The pop star’s fans began to question the ethics and legality of the arrangement, and under the banner Free Britney, they need to sustain a lengthy campaign to ascertain its end. During this point, Britney Spears continued working — putting out platinum-selling albums, doing TV gigs, and mounting a hugely successful four-year residency in Las Vegas. She had no control over the financial arrangements of any of those projects. In a 2020 court filing, Spears asked the court to suspend her father from his role as conservator and refused to perform if he remained responsible for her career. As a result, a wealth-management company became a co-conservator for her finances, but her father presently remains the most conservator for all other aspects of Spears’ life.