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#FreeBritney: Britney Spears speaks on trauma and abuse of conservatorship

US pop star Britney Spears has spoken out on Wednesday, June 23, against her conservatorship at a hearing in Los Angeles, saying that she has been “traumatized.”

The 39-year-old singer told the court that her father controlled her “100,000%” and she wanted the arrangement to end because it is “abusive.”

“I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break,” she added.

Spears also expressed her desire to marry her boyfriend and have a baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to because of her birth control that she is not allowed to remove.

Aside from that, she claimed that she had been forced to take lithium – a common medicine for bipolar disorders – to the point where she felt drunk and unable to converse. 

 “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” said Spears.

“I am not here to be anyone’s slave,” she added.

Because of the issue, the #FreeBritney movement resurfaced on social media again, where not just ordinary people but her fellow artists as well supported and showed their love towards her.

The pop star has been under a conservatorship – a legal condition where a judge appoints an individual or organization to manage the finances and/or daily life of another person – for 13 long years.

James Spears, Britney Spears’s father, served as her conservator since 2008 and was given full control over his daughter’s financial and personal affairs.

Then in 2019, James Spears stepped down temporarily as his daughter’s personal conservator because of health reasons. Britney Spears’s caregiver, Jodi Montgomery, meanwhile, took charge.

Britney Spears later requested the change be made permanent, seeking to permanently install Montgomery into the role instead of reinstating her father. 

Moreover, Bessemer Trust Co. was established as co-conservator of Britney Spears’s finances last year.

 

 

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