Britney Spears has given a shocking first-person account of the "abusive" conservatorship she's endured for 13 years at a court hearing.
Speaking in open court for the first time since the #FreeBritney movement began, the pop star accused her father, Jamie Spears, of controlling her "100,000%"—including her right to have more children.
Britney has two children with Kevin Federline but revealed in court she'd like to start trying for another child with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. She accused those in control of her conservatorship of not letting her have her IUD (a contraceptive intrauterine device) removed.
She told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny, "I have a IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby."
"But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children."
🗣 Just now: Britney Spears’ CAC requests a status hearing where Britney can *address the court herself.* Asked for it to be expedited. Was set for June 23. All other matters cont’d to July 14. ⚖️April 27, 2021
Britney's father was granted control over her affairs via conservatorship in 2008 amid concerns over her mental health.
Conservatorships are usually granted for individuals unable to make their own decisions.
What was meant to be a temporary situation is still underway, as her father remains in control of his daughter's assets after claiming his daughter had dementia.
However, his recent bid to be granted sole responsibility of Britney's finances has been denied, and a third party will still intervene.
Now the singer says the conservatorship is doing "more than harm than good".
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"This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," she revealed during the emotional telephone call.
"I'm not happy, I can't sleep. I'm so angry and I cry every day."
The singer claims her father "loved" the control and said she simply wants her life back. "He loved the control he had over me, one hundred thousand percent."
"That's why I’m telling you this again two years later after I’ve lied and told the whole world, 'I’m okay. And I’m happy.' It’s a lie. I thought I just maybe said that enough. 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. Okay? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day."
Britney went on to say she feels, "ganged up on."
"I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. And I'm tired of feeling alone."
She concluded, “It's been 13 years and it's enough. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive."
According to his lawyer, Jamie is "sorry" to hear about his daughter's suffering.
"He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much," a statement read.
The judge thanked Britney for her "courageous" testimony, but fans will have to wait a little while longer before any decision is made on ending the conservatorship.
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