Britney Spears Asked A Judge To End The Conservatorship
“I just want my life back,” the 39-year-old pop star said in a rare virtual court appearance.
LOS ANGELES — In an emotional court hearing, Britney Spears asked on Wednesday a judge to end her conservatorship, the legal arrangement that has put her father and a cast of lawyers in control of her life 13 years ago. That moment sparked again a movement among Britney’s fans to #FreeBritney.
Spears, who has lived since 2008 under the conservatorship spoke in a public court hearing for the first time to ask a judge to give her back control over her own life.
She added that what she’s been through has been “demoralizing” and “embarrassing” .The conservatorship should be ended without any further evaluation of her, she said, as it was offensive to even question her mental capacity.
“I don’t owe anybody anything,” she said.
Among a series of shocking news, Britney said the conservatorship has prevented her from living a full life. She wanted to get married and have another kid, but under the conservatorship, she hasn’t even been able to make a doctor’s appointment and remove her IUD. She neither was able to ride in a car if her boyfriend was driving.
After Britney’s speech, an attorney representing her said he would consult with her on filing the document necessary to formally seek an end to the conservatorship. He added that after the chance to speak publicly, Spears would like future proceedings to be sealed, as well.
The judge – Brenda Penny – praised Britney for courageously making her voice heard.
“I just want to commend you again for really stepping forward and stepping out to have your thoughts heard by not only myself, but everybody who has been involved in this case” – Penny said.
Have you watched the New York Time’s Framing Britney Spears documentary? If not, you should definitely check it out. It shows how she was treated by the media before and during her public breakdown. All of those things made her father to take control over Britney’s life by simply explaining that she was not stable. In my opinion, it is clearly understandable that after what she had been through, she was sometimes losing the patience, but it was not the matter of her sanity.
“That right there, that got me so angry,” #FreeBritney activist Junior Olivas told BuzzFeed News. “She’s still totally fine to be put up onstage in front of hundreds of people every single night, but she can’t choose how she wants her house to look? My god. It’s disturbing.”
Britney’s fans felt even more vindicated Wednesday morning, when Spears’ boyfriend, actor Sam Asghari, posted a selfie wearing a #FreeBritney T-shirt to his Instagram story.
“I thought it was a great vote of confidence in the #FreeBritney movement, but also we do know that Sam is one of the people that Britney is closest to. So I think that that might give us a little bit of insight into where Britney’s at” – Tess Barker, cohost of the podcast Britney’s Gram, told BuzzFeed News.
Lots of people gathered outside the Los Angeles courthouse on Wednesday, chanting, “What do we want?” “Free Britney!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”
The Times also reported that Britney Spears had said in the court in 2019 that she felt forced by the conservatorship to perform against her will and to check into a mental health facility.
In Wednesday’s hearing, Spears said she was willing to continue the therapy, but she refused attending to the conservatorship’s mandatory twice-weekly sessions at an office in Westlake, where paparazzi have waited for her to take photos. She said she’d be willing to see a therapist once a week at her home. In my opinion, she should have 100% rights to do so, because this is Britney’s private thing.
Everything begun in February 2008, after Spears was hospitalized twice because of a custody dispute with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Then, a judge granted Jamie’s – Britney’s father – petition to place her under, what was supposed to be, a temporary conservatorship. As a result, he was put in charge of her business and financial decisions, as well as affairs regarding her personal life.
Despite of those moments Britney continued to work. It had already seemed suspicious that “she was not capable to take care of herself, her life, and business” but she was capable enough to perform like crazy. That was the time she was performing non-stop. She started in a yearslong Las Vegas residency and releasing four studio albums. Let me say that again: the conservatorship — an arrangement intended for people who cannot take care of themselves or their finances — endured. And sadly, last year a judge denied her request to suspend Jamie as conservator despite her attorney telling the court that the pop singer was AFRAID of her father.
On Wednesday, attorney Vivian Thoreen read a statement to the court on behalf of Jamie Spears.
“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain” – she said. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.”
What do you guys think about that?