After 13 years of silence, Britney Spears spoke out in a passionate 24-minute statement unlike any fans have heard from her before. The star called out her conservatorship, controlled by her father, which she described as abusive and traumatizing.
"I’ve lied and told the whole world 'I’m OK and I’m happy.' It’s a lie. 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," Spears said in court on Thursday.
She went on to outline how she was forced to take lithium after she expressed that she wanted to end her Vegas residency and has been given birth control against her will because the "team" controlling her life through the conservatorship do not want her to have anymore children.
"All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and my boyfriend to drive me in his f—kng car," Spears said.
Ma'am, I’ve worked since I was 17 years old. You have to understand how thin that is for me. Every morning I get up to know, I can't go on somewhere unless I meet people I don't know every week in an office identical to the one where the therapist was very abusive to me. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. And now we can sit here all day and say, "Oh, conservatorships are here to help people." But ma'am, there's a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well. I don't feel like I can live a full life.Britney Spears
In 2008, Spears' father, Jamie Spears, was given control of of his daughter's life after her public struggles with her mental health, this includes all her finances, relationships with her two sons and music/performance work. While her father is still the main conservator, a wealth management company was assigned as co-conservator last year.
The New York Times reports that Jamie Spears receives US$16,000 per month as the conservator, plus US$2,000 a month for office space rent, in addition to a percentage of his daughter's business deals.
Following her remarks, a clip started being share online of Spears performing in 2018, where she reveals to the audience that she has a fever and feels like she's going to "pass out."
This clip resurfaced after the New York Times published a story on Tuesday, stating that confidential court records from 2019 obtained by the publication reveal that Spears identified that being forced to perform with a fever was "one of the scariest moments of her life."
Several people have taken to social media as part of the #FreeBritney movement, specifically referencing this forced performance in particular.
Spears' ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake took to social media to make a statement about the conservatorship situation.
"Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right," Timberlake said.
No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.Justin Timberlake
Several Spears supporters responded to the "Cry Me a River" singer's comments, calling out his lack of support for the Spears in the past.
As Spears continues to seek an end to the conservatorship, the pop star continues to see extensive support online.