For thirteen long years, the US pop star Britney Spears has been under conservatorship—a legal proceeding for when a judge appoints others to manage the financial and personal affairs of an incompetent person or a minor. In those years, the law has allowed licensed conservator, corporate fiduciary, and father Jamie Spears, to take control over everything in the artist’s life—from her medical care, estate, career, the choice to build a family, and other aspects of Britney’s personal life.
And after trying to keep her silence, trying to stay away from the court after her last hearing two years ago, Britney stunned the courtroom with her pent up frustration during the hearing last Wednesday, saying, “A lot has happened since two years ago…the last time I was in court.” She continues, “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.”
Britney Spears has proven to be demoralized in numerous ways. She claims she had been forced to tour, undergo psychiatric evaluations, and take medication. Despite the personal objections, she was coerced to take Lithium—a powerful medication that can lead to mental impairment when overdone. She adds, “I felt drunk. I couldn’t even stick up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. I told them I was scared, and they had six different nurses come to my home to monitor me while I was on this medication that I didn’t want to be on, to begin with.”
Furthermore, the pop star, a mother of 2, declares how her conservatory is abusive. Britney Spears was told she is not allowed to get married or have a baby during her conservatorship. “I have an IUD inside of myself right now, so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby,” addressing how the appointed legal team does not want her to have any more children.
Additionally, Britney has vocally criticized her family, especially her father, for the way they handled the situation, neither responding to her concerns or expressing care. “My family didn’t do a goddamn thing,” she said. Following a series of personal troubles that played out publicly for the singer, Mr. Spears, together with attorney Andrew Wallet, had been conservators of her projected $60 million property since 2008. Further, she adds, “Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad.”
Wanting to stop over the control, Britney Spears requested hiring an attorney of her choosing since Samuel Ingham III, her current counsel, was court-appointed.
Pleading for help from the judge to take her concerts seriously, Britney Spears says, “I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years, and it’s enough.I deserve to have a life.”
Following her statements, the court adjourned. Britney Spears’ next hearing is set for July 14, keeping the world wanting an end to the artist’s long-running saga. Her story has awakened numerous fans and celebrities to her support, continuously spreading awareness and rally with the #FreeBritney Movement.