US pop star Britney Spears has exposed the “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years. This came out as a result of her legal battle against her father Jamie Spears who has been her conservator for 13 years.
Several co celebrities have come out to support the pop star. The #FreeBritney movement has created a mass public interest about Britney Spears’s traumatic conservatorship and her fight to end it. In this article we present to you everything Britney told in court and details about her conservatorship.
What exactly is a CONSERVATORSHIP?
Conservatorship is a legal concept where a court appoints a person to manage the personal and financial affairs of those who cannot decide for themselves. Most of the time, conservatorships are awarded to elderly, physically or mentally challenged people.
Jamie Spears became Britney’s conservator in 2008 to oversee the pop singer’s personal and financial affairs.
Back to the main story about Britney’s exposing of her conservatorship.
Britney stated she was traumatised and cried every day, telling a judge in Los Angeles: “I just want my life back”. Another major claim she made was how the conservatorship has control over her reproductive health. Spears, 39, also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes.
Listed below are some of the main restrictions Britney faced due to this conservatorship.
The conservatorships unfair control over Britney Spears’s reproductive health
Britney, 39, who has two teenage sons from her marriage to Kevin Federline, said she was being prevented from having more children. “I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” said the star. “I was told right now in the conservatorship I am not able to get married and have a baby.”
The 39-year-old is currently in a relationship with personal trainer Sam Asghari. She told the court they could not start a family because the conservatorship, which controls her medical care, refused to allow her to remove her birth control.
“I have an [IUD] inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant.. 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.
Britney was forced to perform against her own will
Britney claimed her management threatened to sue her in 2018 if she didn’t complete the 31-date Piece Of Me tour, which included dates at London’s O2 Arena and Brighton Pride.”My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract my own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour,” she told the court.”It was very threatening and scary. And with the conservatorship, I couldn’t even get my own attorney. So out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour.”
She said her managers falsely told her therapist that she was failing to take her medications and refusing to participate in rehearsals.
Britney was forced to take medicine she wasn’t supposed to take
The pop star said she had no control whatsoever over her healthcare. Doctors had put her on Lithium – a mood-stabilising drug – after she cancelled her Las Vegas residency in late 2018.
“Lithium is a very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to,” she told the court. “You can go mentally impaired if you take too much, if you stay on it longer than five months.”
After beginning the medication, Britney said she “felt drunk” and “couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad, really, about anything.” She said “six different nurses” were sent to her house to monitor her condition, “and they wouldn’t let me get in my car to go anywhere for a month”.
Her own team exposes her to paparazzi
Acting conservator, Jodi Montgomery, has put her in therapy twice a week, in a location where photographers can follow her.
“Yesterday, paparazzi showed me coming out of the place literally crying,” she said. “It’s embarrassing, and it’s demoralising.
“I deserve privacy,” she continued, saying she would prefer to continue therapy at home.