LOS ANGELES: She stated that her father was not around when she was growing up and had struggled with a drinking problem.
Britney Spears wants her father, James Parnell Spears to be removed from her conservatorship which allows her father to make life decisions and controlling her finances.
Britney Spears wants to be independent and has taken to court to request her father’s removal from her conservatorship, which began in 2008. Under U.S. Law, a conservatorship is the appointment of a guardian or protector by a judge to manage the financial affairs and daily life of another person due to age or physical or mental limitations.
Britney Spears has tried to end the conservatorship for years and the relationship between her and her father was under rocks for some time. She stated that her father was not around when she was growing up and had struggled with a drinking problem.
Her legal team is tasked to prove that she is mentally stable to make decisions for herself and only then will her father be successfully removed.
In the 13 years of the conservatorship, Britney has managed to start a clothing line and a perfume line and also be a judge on The X Factor. It is ironic for the court to still conclude that she is unable to make her own decisions and control her finances in a responsible way.
In her statement, the singer said the following:
In a 24-minute statement against the conservatorship she’s lived under for 13 years, Britney Spears sounded off before a Los Angeles probate judge Brenda Penny on Wednesday, saying that she wants to sue her family and that she was “abused” by a previous therapist, among multiple other accusations.
“I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” she said, during a hearing that was livestreamed to the media by the court. “I just want my life back.” She said she wants the conservatorship, which she feels is “abusive,” to end “without having to be evaluated.”
She also said when she said she was okay in Instagram posts she shared over the past year, “I was in denial.”
Shortly after her statement, the court recessed, and after its return, the transmission was stopped.
Wednesday’s hearing came after years of near-silence on the issue from the singer, although the New York Times published a report earlier this week citing private legal documents that state she has been trying to end the conservatorship for several years, citing mismanagement by her father and the extreme legal costs involved.
A lightly edited transcript of Britney Spears’ statement follows. It includes run-on sentences and unclear statements, but the context seems relevant:
Fans and celebrates wrote on Twitter under the #freebritney in support of the conservatory ship changes.