Britney Spears is ready to be free. The #FreeBritney campaign has picked up steam over the years, as her fans have felt like the entertainer has been in bondage for many years. Although she’s given messages on her social media to give the illusion that all was well with her, fans felt as though they were a secret cry for help. Recent revelations from Spears herself are now proving those same fans right, and they are nothing short of heartbreaking.
According to the official website for the California Courts, a conservatorship is defined as a court case where an organization or single individual that is considered to be responsible by a judge is assigned to care for another adult who is unable to care for themselves or manage his or her own finances.
Since 2008, the “Baby One More Time” singer has been a “conservatee” under her father, Jamie Spears, approved by the Los Angeles Superior Court. Following her highly publicized breakdown, which the courts would view as erratic behavior, her father was appointed the manager of her estate, finances, personal assets, and others.
Britney Spears was no longer legally in control of her existence.
Spears received an outpouring of support from diehard fans who had gut feelings that trouble was afoot in her life. Years of behind-the-scenes turmoil would come to the light when an explosive documentary premiered in February called The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears.
After many courtroom visits and setbacks, Spears was able to speak her mind for the first time in front of a judge, albeit remotely due to COVID safety measures. Finally receiving the opportunity, she spared no moment and left no stone unturned in a 20-minute testimony, according to multiple reports.
“Ma’am, I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” Spears said, according to ET Online. The pop singer revealed to the court that the conservatorship has left her feeling “so angry I can’t sleep, and I am depressed.” For years, she has been demanding changes and for her freedom to be restored so that she can “get my life back. It’s been 13 years, and it’s been enough,” stated the singer.
Spears is also demanding for her father to suffer consequences, who she also claims has been “abusive” and alleges “criminal” activity as well as threats. Britney further expresses that she tried her best to maintain a “good and pretty, and perfect” under the 13-year conservatorship but has been extremely overworked. “The state of California allowed my ignorant father to take his own daughter – who only has a role with me if I work with him, they set back the whole course and allowed him to do that to me,” she explained.
The lengthy testimony also reveals a heart-wrenching account of Spears recalling her medication being altered due to her wanting to pull out of the 2018 Las Vegas residency. “Three days later after I said no to Las Vegas, my therapist sat me down in a room and said he had a million phone calls about how I was not cooperating in rehearsals and I haven’t been taking my medication,” Britney recalls to the court.” All of this was false. He immediately. the next day, put me on lithium.”
She added, “Out of nowhere, he took me off my normal meds I’d been on for five years. And lithium is a very, very strong, and completely different medication compared to what I was used to.”
Britney Spears says she’s fighting to get her life back and speaks out against an “abusive” conservatorship.— CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2021
Her former attorney Adam Streisand tells @ChrisCuomo the pop-star has been “deprived of her rights” in a “terrible miscarriage of justice.” https://t.co/stbrcpluJV pic.twitter.com/JRKPuONdZ6
While prescribed the lithium, she alleged that she was unable to have coherent conversations with her parents, yet when she expressed the “drunk” feeling that she would get, she was further forced. “I told them I was scared and a doctor had six different nurses with this new meds, come to my home, stay with me to monitor me on this new medication, which I never wanted to be on to begin with., she said.
Spears further detailed what she called a “traumatizing” experience while involuntarily being committed to a rehab center where she was subjected to around-the-clock surveillance. “They watched me change every day naked, morning, noon and night,” the singer shared. “My body, I had no privacy door for my room.”
This Britney Spears testimony is truly more devastating than anyone could have imagined. She says she was drugged with lithium against her well, unable to see her friends and that the conservatorship team “should be in jail.” https://t.co/kzHi63WidY— Angelina Chapin (@angelinachapin) June 23, 2021
Elsewhere in her testimony, Spears shared that she would like to get married and have more children. During the rehab stay, she was secluded and unable to see her boyfriend nor children at any time. Stressing that the experiences she’s gone through have been painful, she claims that she’s tired of lying to the world in an attempt to act like things are great.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK, and I’m happy. It’s a lie,” Britney admitted. “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.”
The conservatorship, she expressed, is doing “more harm than good” and she wants to see things changed. Aside from her freedom and a possible jail stint for her father, she would also like to seek therapy from home, and would like the evaluations to cease. She would also like a break and to be able to expand her family, as expressed before.