Britney Spears Finally Speaks Out About Her Conservatorship: “I’m So Angry It’s Insane”

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Britney Spears has finally been able to break her silence on the conservatorship that has been in place since 2008 after she was hospitalised for a psychiatric evaluation.

Spears’ father Jamie was responsible for both overseeing his daughter’s person and estate until 2019, when he relinquished the personal side to a woman named Jodi Montgomery. Jamie Spears remained in control of the popstar’s finances and business affairs, along with attorney Andrew Wallet.

Addressing the court via Zoom on Wednesday June 23, 2021, Spears requested that her years-long conservatorship be terminated, saying that she has been “traumatised” by its restrictions.

Spears’ lawyer Samuel Ingham III told the court that the hearing was set at his client’s request.

“The only item on the agenda apart from whatever questions the court would like to ask is the opportunity for my client to address the court,” he said. “My client is free to discuss any aspect of the conservatorship that she wishes and is welcome to say whatever she likes for the record. I would like to state I have not in any way attempted to control, filter, or edit anything she has to say today.”

When conservator Jodi Montgomery’s attorney, Lauriann Wright, asked that the court transcripts be sealed, Britney interrupted, saying, “They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life, so I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen to what I have to say.”

Spears’ testimony lasted around 20 minutes, during which time she detailed the abusive terms of the conservatorship and expressed a desire to sue her family.

“A lot has happened since two years ago, the last time I was in court,” Spears said. “I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time.”

Explaining that she had been forced to go on tour in 2018 and change the medication she was on, Spears angrily testified that, “Not only did my family not do a godd*mn thing, my dad was all for it.

“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. If I said that enough, maybe I’d become happy . . . I’m in shock. I’m traumatised . . . I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

Spears confirmed what many fans have suspected all along, despite the singer’s frequent appearances on Instagram in which she claimed all was well. The posts never sat quite right with her scores of followers, leading to the #FreeBritney hashtag to begin trending.

Spears said she didn’t know she could petition to end the conservatorship, and that she was told she’d have to be evaluated again in order to do that.

“I’m scared of people. I don’t trust people with what I’ve been through,” said Spears, who also revealed that she had been abused by a previous therapist. “It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to do. … I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”

One of the most shocking revelations to come out of the testimony was that the singer had wanted to get married and have another child, but was unable to obtain permission from her doctor to have her IUD removed.

Spears also claimed that her father had sent a psychiatrist to her home to evaluate her and when she allegedly “failed” the psychological tests was sent to a rehab program against her will.

“The control he had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000 percent. He loved it,” she said. “I packed my bags and went to that place. I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking.”

“I’m not lying. I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested…

“And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them. I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long, is not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry and I cry every day, it concerns me, I’m told I’m not allowed to expose the people who did this to me.”

Spears’ attorney told the court that Britney has not yet directed him to file a motion to end the conservatorship but that he would do so if asked. “I will abide by whatever decision she makes in that regard,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Vivian Thoreen, responded to Britney’s allegations with a brief statement in which she said, “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.”

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