Britney Spears Speaks Out Against Her Conservatorship in Court
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Britney Spears issued a heartbreaking 24-minute statement in court this week in an effort to push back against the conservatorship that has prevented her from managing her own finances and career for the last nearly 13 years.
The pop icon addressed a probate court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, her first time speaking to a court about the matter since 2019. In her address, she asked that the court end the conservatorship that has had Spears' father, Jamie Spears, in control of her estimated $60 million estate since 2008.
"I’ve lied and told the whole world 'I’m OK and I’m happy.' It’s a lie. I thought just maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it till you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day," she told the court in her speech.
The singer shared that she felt forced to go on tour in 2018 and perform in Las Vegas during her residency, adding that upon announcing she'd be taking a hiatus she was put on lithium, a drug commonly used for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, against her will.
"It's a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than five months. I felt drunk, I couldn't even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses," she explained.
She also emphasized how her family has not done anything to help her over the years: "Anything I had to do, [my dad] was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing."
The 38-year-old explained that the conservatorship is preventing her from getting married to her long-term boyfriend, personal trainer Sam Asghari, and that she can't have a child with him because the conservatorship team will not let her go to the doctor to remove the IUD she has.
"They don't want me to have any more children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," she told the court, before adding, "I'd like to be able to share my story with the world. I want to be able to be heard. By making me keep this in for so long, it's not good for my heart. It concerns me I'm not allowed to be able to be heard. I have the right to use my voice. My attorney says I can't let the public know what they did to me ... I shouldn't be able to be in a conservatorship. The laws need to change. Ma'am, I've worked since I was 17 years old. I can't go somewhere unless I meet someone every week in an office. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, but ma'am there are a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well. I want to end the conservatorship."
Spears concluded her statement by saying she feels "ganged up on, bullied, left out and alone" and that she deserves to have the same rights as others.
In the wake of her statement, many fans, friends, and fellow celebrities have spoken out in support of the star. A previously scheduled court hearing is set for July 14.