Britney Spears has asked a judge to end the "abusive" conservatorship that has controlled her entire life for the past 13 years.
Yesterday (23 June) saw Britney Spears speak in open court for the first time about her conservatorship, which she's been living under since 2008, and she told a judge that she truly believes "this conservatorship is abusive", and added, "I just want my life back".
As Variety reports, Spears' 24-minute statement against the conservatorship included many accusations, and even saw the star say that she would "honestly like to sue my family".
During Spears' statement, she revealed that she was forced to do her 2018 Piece of Me Tour, and her management "could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour", leading her to go on with it "out of fear".
The star also explained that after saying no to a Vegas show, her therapist "put me on lithium out of nowhere", and "took me off my normal meds I’ve been on for five years". Spears continued, "You can go mentally impaired if you take too much, if you stay on it longer than five months. But he put me on that and I felt drunk. I really couldn’t even take up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything."
"Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it," Spears told the court. "Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad."
When speaking about "a psych test" she was told she had to do over the Christmas holidays, Spears said her dad "loved every minute" of her crying on the phone for an hour after she failed the test. Spears added, "he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%."
As well as telling the court that the controlling conservatorship has left her "in shock" and "traumatized", Spears explained, "I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day."
Speaking about what she wants for the future, Spears said, "I want changes, and I want changes going forward. I deserve changes. I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship. Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it. I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that. But honestly, but I don’t think I owe anyone to be evaluated. I’ve done more than enough. I don’t feel like I should even be in room with anyone to offend me by trying to question my capacity of intelligence, whether I need to be in this stupid conservatorship or not. I’ve done more than enough."
She continued, "I’m not lying. I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested."
"And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you," Spears told the court. "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."
Spears also explained that the conservatorship has allowed her family to control whether she can have another child or not. Spears said, "I have a (IUD) inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the (IUD) out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children – any more children."
On top of stating that the conservatorship has done "more harm than good", Spears told the judge, "I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three year break and just, you know, do what I want to do."