Britney Spears’s court hearing: “I cry every day” over her conservatorship and her “controlling” father
Pop icon Britney Spears has finally spoken out about her conservatorship, which she claims she wants to sue her family – noting her father – and she was “abused” by a previous therapist.
What is a conservatorship?
Under the United States law, a conservatorship is when an individual is appointed a guardian by a judge due to physical or mental conditions, such as old age or mental illness. This guardian manages everyday activities such as financial affairs.
Why was Britney appointed a conservatorship?
Spears was appointed a conservatorship after her public breakdown due to her constant harassment from the media and the public 13 years ago in 2008.
Her father Jamie Spears was granted conservator, meaning he has full control of the star’s financial affairs.
reports that her dad “has the power to negotiate business opportunities, sell her property and restrict her visitors. He can file for restraining orders against those he believes threaten his daughter’s stability”.
The news organisation stated that “every purchase she makes must be logged in annual court reports of her spending”.
What did Britney say during her court hearing?
Variety has reported the translated court hearing, which states that Spears has apparently stated that she was forced to go on her last tour.
“I was on tour in 2018. My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract, my management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour”.
The report also claims that due to Spears stating she does not want to participate in her next tour due to her being exhausted, her therapist gave her lithium – a drug used for bipolar disorder that is “stronger than my [her] previous medication, [it can make an individual] mentally impaired if you take it for five months”.
“Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad. He was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing”.
Also, Britney conveyed that her father controlled her into rehab which she did not want to attend, as she failed a psychiatric test, in which she had to pay $60,000 (£42,946) a month for this.
Britney claimed she cried on the phone, and her father “loved every minute of it”.
“The control he had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his daughter 100,000%… I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking”.
Furthermore, Britney said she never had a say in what she could do, and if she refused, she would not be able to see her children or her boyfriend.
Spears emotionally explained that she has “lied and told the whole world I am okay, and I am happy”.
“I’m telling you the truth, I’m not happy. I cannot sleep. I am so angry It is insane. And I am depressed. I cry every day.
Spears expressed that she deserves to have the same rights as everybody else, and she would like to have a child, and get married and have a family.