A Breakdown of Britney Spears’s 13-Year Conservatorship Battle and How It Ended

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After 13 long years, Britney Spears‘s conservatorship finally came to an end on Nov. 12, 2021. The ruling came from Judge Brenda Penny, who deemed that the conservatorship was “no longer required.” The decision also followed after Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, was suspended as her conservator that September.

On June 23, 2021, Britney addressed the court about terminating her conservatorship, which had largely been in control of her life since 2008. In addition to hearing the pop star’s side of the story and learning the heartbreaking and “abusive” treatment she received over the years, a handful of Britney’s former costars, friends, and family also voiced support for her at the time.

Now, nearly two years later, Spears looks back on that tumultuous time of her life in her new tell-all memoir, “The Woman in Me,” out Oct. 24. Per an excerpt obtained by People published on Oct. 17, Spears reveals in her book that she “became a robot” during her conservatorship. “But not just a robot,” she wrote, “a sort of child-robot.” Britney continued, “I had been so infantilized that I was losing pieces of what made me feel like myself. The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child. I became more of an entity than a person onstage. I had always felt music in my bones and my blood; they stole that from me.”

Read ahead for a complete timeline of Spears’s conservatorship, including everything that happened up until it was terminated, plus what the singer has said about it.

Related: Growing Up Britney: The Pop Icon Made Me Feel Free, Even When She Wasn’t Free Herself

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