Pop superstar Britney Spears has been making headlines for months, but not for reasons relating to her music career. Spears has been living under a conservatorship for more than a decade now, largely controlled by her father, Jamie Spears. As the #FreeBritney movement gained steam over the past year and a documentary episode released that focused on her situation, Spears surprised fans by making the request to directly address the court regarding the conservatorship. Spears had been silent on the matter for years. Now, in a lengthy and powerful statement, Spears compared aspects of her father's conservatorship to "sex trafficking."
Britney Spears broke her silence with a 24-minute statement about the conservatorship she's been living under since 2008, directly addressing Los Angeles probate judge Brenda Penny. In the statement (via Variety), Spears details the strain she was under after being "forced to do" her 2018 tour and wasn't given time to take a break before starting a new show in Las Vegas. She was later put on lithium "out of nowhere," which is a "very, very strong" medication compared to what she was used to, and she "felt drunk" on it. Then, Spears stated her father sent her to a "small rehab program" that would cost $60,000 per month, leaving her crying for an hour while her dad "loved every minute of it." Spears continued:
During this time of Britney Spears' conservatorship, her experiences led to the comparison to "sex trafficking," as she was denied means and possessions while still working seven days per week. The pop star elaborated on her heartbreaking situation at the time:
Although Britney Spears' posts on Instagram have led fans to feel concern for her situation from time to time, her public appearances over the past few years never gave away everything she was feeling or what she went through in being denied access to her loved ones. And while Spears was clear at several points in her statement that she's depressed, angry, and unhappy, she also bravely opened up about a lot of what has gone unsaid for years. Spears also explained how she has been denied the right to control her own body:
That Britney Spears is being prevented from seeing a doctor and having the IUD preventing her from conceiving a child removed is one of the most shocking reveals to come out of her powerful statement. The mom of two sons shared that she wants to have another child, but has not been able to do so under her father's conservatorship, and it's not hard to see Spears' perspective that the situation is causing her harm. She closed her statement by summing up what she hopes to achieve in opening up:
Judge Brenda Penny commended Britney Spears for having the courage to say what she said in her statement, and that she is "sensitive to everything" that Spears said. The judge also said that "the court does appreciate your coming on the line and sharing how you’re feeling," but whether Spears opening up results in change for the conservatorship remains to be seen.
Whatever happens next, Britney Spears has finally felt comfortable speaking out herself about her situation, and clearing the air after what Hulu's Framing Britney Spears documentary released that Spears has said made her cry "for two weeks" after seeing the light she was put in. Hopefully the singer's comments result in some change that make her feel that she's no longer being harmed by those with power over her.
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