Popstar Britney Spears, who has lived under a restrictive conservatorship since 2008, finally got her day in court and publicly detailed her heartbreaking circumstances.
Spears’ father Jamie has controlled every aspect of her life for the last thirteen years and pays himself $16,000 a month to do so. Her vast estate is valued at $60 million, but she is only allowed a $2,000 a week allowance.
On Wednesday she told a judge that her father forced her to work against her will, which included her four-year Vegas residency, and refused to allow her to miss a performance, even when she had a 104-degree temperature.
Spears said she was pushed to work seven days a week without days off. “In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away: credit card, phone, passport.”
When she finally refused to participate in a 2019 world tour, she was institutionalized in retaliation and forcibly put on hardcore psychiatric drug Lithium.
Upon admittance, Spears said, “I cried on the phone to my dad for an hour and he loved every minute of it. My dad and everyone else who has played a key role in my conservatorship should be in jail. They have way too much control.”
Spears asked the judge to end the conservatorship so she can regain independence over her finances and her own body. She wants to have more children with her boyfriend Sam Asghari but claims her keepers won’t allow her to get pregnant.
“I have an IUD in my body right now they won’t let me take out,” she said.“I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that. I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone.”
Spears claimed that she was unaware she could ask to terminate the conservatorship, and her personal lawyer warned her prior to her court appearance if she spoke out in court that she would likely be retaliated against by her conservators.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world “I’m OK and I’m happy.” It’s a lie. I thought… maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I’ve been in denial,” she said. “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.”
But Britney Spears is done being quiet. She wants to pursue legal action against her family and management team for profiteering off of her captivity and publicly expose their misdeeds.
“I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them,” she went on.
“I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long, it is not good for my heart,” she continued. “I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me, I’m told I’m not allowed to expose the people who did this to me.”
Spears pleaded with the judge to let her go free. “I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life,” she implored. “I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does, by having a child, a family, any of those things, and more so.”