LOS ANGELES — Britney Spears spoke out against the 13-year conservatorship she has been under at her latest court hearing on June 23 and told the judge that she had “lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy.”
“It’s a lie. I’ve been in denial,” she said.
Spears railed on her dad and her management team during the explosive court hearing on June 23. She said she wants the conservatorship to end now. Not only this, but she wants to sue her family because of their abusive behavior.
She said she wants to get married and have another baby, but she is being blocked by the conservatorship. Britney said that she has an Intrauterine Device (IUD), but the conservator is not letting her have it removed.
“I am not here to be anyone’s slave,” she said during the court hearing.
She said she does not need any medical evaluation now, claiming that her family did nothing to protect her. She was sent to a small home in Beverly Hills for rehab once, and it cost “$60,000”.
The singer said they were trying to hurt her, and her dad “loved it.”
She was “forced” to do her Vegas residency as, during the show, she told her management that she didn’t want to do it but was forced to do the tour. The next thing she knew, they changed her medication, putting her on “Lithium,” which had a terrible effect on her.
She said she was “scared and her whole family did nothing.”
Britney said that even her therapist was uncaring as after she wanted to put an end to Vegas, the therapist said she was being difficult and not taking her medicines. That’s when she was put on Lithium.
The Grammy winner said she pleaded for a break from Vegas after four years, but rather than being heard, and she was told she was uncooperative, which was absolutely not true.
Speaking about why she is now asking to end the conservatorship, Spears said she has absolutely no privacy, and when at home, she couldn’t see her boyfriend or kids.
“I don’t want to work for the people I pay,” Spears said, adding even if she is sick, she is required to go to at least three meetings a week. She wants that limited to one therapy session a week.
The “Gimme More“ star said she should be able to sue a conservator who threatens that if she doesn’t do what they say in terms of therapy, they can withhold her money and deny her a vacation in Maui.
“The conservatorship from the beginning … It makes no sense. I pay people money, and they control me. I have worked since I was 17 years old, and this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel I can live a full life. I don’t even believe in therapy. I always thought I could take it to God.”
The ‘Glory’ star does not understand why she “cannot do therapy sessions at home” and is “upset with Jodi Montgomery,” her personal conservator, who she claims “has become heavy-handed.”
Spears’s lawyer was asked if he wanted to file a petition to end the conservatorship, but the lawyer said there were confidentiality issues. He said that if the songstress wants to file a petition, he will do that, but she has not asked.
The judge said she would “entertain any request to end the conservatorship and start the process of holding hearings.”
The singer appeared live, via Zoom, in the Downtown L.A. courtroom, to voice her issues with her father, Jamie Spears.
Sam Asghari, on June 23, hinted at the termination of conservatorship Britney would ask for in the court hearing as he donned a “Free Britney” message shirt, which he recently posted as a story on Instagram. The ‘# FreeBritney’ movement also gathered outside the courthouse to support her.
On a related note, Jamie stepped down as co-conservator of Britney’s person back in 2019. Montgomery is now her permanent personal conservator, but as per the earlier reports, the singer wants him out as the co-conservator of her estate as well, so he can no longer manage her business affairs.
The 39-year old singer had stated earlier that she would not perform again as long as Jamie is part of the conservatorship and will focus on her other priorities till then.
Celebrities from Hollywood and the music fraternity have come out strongly in support of Spears. The songstress’s ex-boyfriend, actor, and singer Justin Timberlake took to his Twitter handle to support her, saying she’s being done wrong by her family, her conservators, and the courts, especially when it comes to controlling her own body.
“After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time,” he tweeted.
“Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body. No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for.”
“Jess and I send our love and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”
Joining the #FreeBritney campaign, actor and director Rose McGowan tweeted: “Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life was stolen, dissected, mocked? I pray she gets to live your life on her terms. STOP CONTROLLING WOMEN.” She also took to Instagram to share a video telling Spears to “fight on” and to “keep fighting. We are with you.”
Superstar Mariah Carey also shared her support for the singer on Twitter by writing, “We love you, Britney!!! Stay strong.”
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Amrita Das and Pallavi Mehra)
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