Britney Spears Calls For End To Conservatorship: “I Want My Life Back”
Britney Spears calls for an end to the “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for the last 13 years.
The star rose to fame at a young age and was hounded by tabloids and paparazzi until a series of erratic behaviour and public mental breakdowns landed her in a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold.
It was then that Spears was put under the court-ordered conservatorship.
The court hearing, that took place on Wednesday, is the first time the 39-year-old singer has spoken out about the legal arrangement. She detailed a number of disturbing allegations.
Her father, Jamie Spears, and other member of the conservatorship have not responded in much detail.
The conservatorship has given her father complete control over her life. As a licensed conservator he controls her estate, career, medical care and other aspects of her personal life.
Conspiracies have circulated the internet for years surrounding the situation that Spears is in. This discourse resulted in the #FreeBritney movement that exploded across social media.
But her allegations are shockingly beyond what fans have theorised.
At the start of the testimony, the judge agreed with Spears that it should be an open court hearing.
Spears began by detailing that she was forced to perform against her will, and that her management wrongly told therapists she was not taking medication.
She says she has no control after her healthcare. After telling management she wanted to discontinue her Las Vegas residency, her medication was changed. Lithium was prescribed, a “strong drug” which can cause mental impairment if taken longer for 5 months.
“I felt drunk…I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything”, she tells the court, “there were six different nurses in my home and they wouldn’t let me get in my car to go anywhere for a month.”
When discussing her families response to this, she states that her dad “approved all of it.”
Britney compares the ordeals she has experienced to sex-trafficking and “slave” labour.
“In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking. Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away – credit card, cash, phone, passport – and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them.
Spears also does not have control over her finances and has stated that she is being exploited for money. “I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide money [for] other people,” she told the court.
She also has no autonomy over her own body. The conservators control her reproductive health and intimate life.
“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 told the court, and adds that she wants to get married and have a baby but is unable to do so.”
The star wants an end to the exploitation. Some of her demands are simple; she wants to get her nails done, visit friends who “live eight minutes away” and be driven in her boyfriend’s car.
The Guardian has reached out to attorneys. A lawyer for Spears‘ licensed conservator, Jodi Montgomery, has said “We look forward to addressing all of Ms Spears’ concerns and setting forth her medical team’s perspective on them in a care plan that we will file with the court.”
After stunning the courtroom with details of relentless manipulation, Spears reaches the end of her testimony “I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone.”
“i deserve to have a life”
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