/ 25 June 2021

Britney says ‘It’s not okay’

Popstar Britney Spears has delivered a devastating account of her life under a conservatorship arrangement. After mental health issues surfaced in 2007, her father Jamie Spears and a lawyer took control of the 39yo’s life, money and career. And yesterday, she dialled into a hearing in California and outlined for the first time in open court her side as she pleaded with the judge to help her end the arrangement.

Spears spoke for more than 20 minutes, and the transcript is here. But to summarise:

• She accused her father of enjoying the control he has over her. “100,000%. He loved it.” And “my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship … they should be in jail.”

• She questioned the basis of the arrangement “if I can work and provide money and work for myself and pay other people – it makes no sense.”

• She claims she can’t get married or have a contraceptive device removed “because they don’t want me to have children – any more children.” And she says she’s been forced into a mental health facility and therapy against her will and put on drugs she doesn’t want to take.

• In recent times, she says she’s “lied and told the whole world ‘I’m OK and I’m happy’ … 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.”

• And in the end, “I haven’t done anything wrong to deserve this treatment. It’s not OK to force me to do anything I don’t want to do.”

It sure is. As for Jamie Spears, his lawyer said he was troubled by the allegations and is “sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.” What’s next? A long legal process is likely before any decision is made on ending the conservatorship, reports say. The next court hearing is scheduled for 14 July.

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