Pop icon Britney Spears’ probate court hearing was held today in Los Angeles. The singer attended by phone in order to speak about her conservatorship in hopes of having it overturned. Currently, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, is in control of her $60 million estate. Spears requested that her statements be open to the public.
The conservatorship has now been in place for 13 years. Many fans have speculated that she’s been unhappy and trapped by this arrangement, some going so far as to sell #FREEBRITNEY merchandise, attend rallies, and start podcasts in order to decode her cryptic Instagram videos and captions. Many believe her social media presence has been filled with signs that she’s being kept drugged and controlled by her father and team against her will.
After a New York Times documentary called Framing Britney Spears came out earlier this year, the star seemed upset that people were so openly speculating about her life and circumstances, telling the internet she “cried for two weeks” after watching part of the program.
According to CNN, Spears told the court today, “I’ve told the world I’m happy and OK. I’m traumatized. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep.” She continued by saying that she had been forced to go on tour in 2018 and perform her Las Vegas residency, and later was put on the drug Lithium against her will.
She told the court, “It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than 5 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.”
Perhaps the most damning thing she said was about her family’s lack of help: “My family didn’t do a God damn thing. Anything I had to do, he was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.” Claiming that the last time she approached the court they also didn’t help her, she pleaded, “The last time I spoke to you, it made me feel like I was dead, like I didn’t matter. like you thought I was lying. I’m not lying so that maybe you understand the depth and degree, I deserve changes.”
According to Spears, the conservatorship is keeping her from having children with her boyfriend Sam Asghari. She told the court, “I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told I can’t get married. I have an IUD inside me but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to remove it because they don’t want me to have any more children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good.”
In a heartbreaking conclusion, Spears told the judge, “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. I deserve to have a two to three-year break. I feel open, and I’m OK to talk to you about this. I feel ganged up on, bullied, left out, and alone. I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights, having a child or any of those things.”
This is a developing story.