Britney Spears asks court to terminate custody
Britney Spears told a Los Angeles judge overseeing her controversial conservatorship on Wednesday that she wanted her life back and that the conservatory would end.
The pop star’s comments, delivered remotely at the Superior Court hearing in Los Angeles, marked her first public statements about the court-approved legal settlement first introduced in 2008 when she suffered a nervous breakdown.
In an emotional statement, Spears, 39, said she believed the conservatory was abusive. “I just want my life back,” she said. “I’m not here to be anyone’s slave.”
“I’m traumatized. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep,” she said, “I’m so angry and I cry every day,” she added.
She asked for termination of the conservatory. “I do believe this conservatorship is offensive,” she added.
The judge has not yet ruled on the status of the legal settlement.
The last time Spears spoke directly to the judge was in May 2019, but the court was closed to the public and her testimony was sealed. On Wednesday, she said she wanted people to hear what she had to say.
The former teenage phenomenon said she wanted to get married again and have a baby. But she said she has a contraceptive that she wants removed but can’t go to the doctor “because they don’t want me to have children.”
Spears has two children with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Federline has custody of the children.
Outside the courthouse several dozen fans, many of them dressed in pink and with “Free Britney” signs, gathered in support of their campaign to end the conservatory.
Last year, Spears began the legal process to fire her father, Jamie Spears, from handling personal matters ranging from her medical care to who visits her secluded villa outside of Los Angeles. Jamie Spears is also a joint curator of the singer’s finances.
Despite the conservatory, Spears made a comeback in late 2009 and performed, released albums and went on a solid world tour until late 2018, when she canceled a string of dates. She has not performed since the end of 2018.
Details of her mental health issues were never disclosed, but Spears said on Wednesday that doctors had given her lithium and she was “feeling intoxicated.”