Britney Spears is free
Nearly 14 years after losing power over her personal affairs and multimillion-dollar fortune, Britney Spears is finally getting her life back.
On Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny terminated Spears’ conservatorship effective immediately, freeing the 39-year-old pop star from the legal binds that allowed her dad and his team to make decisions about her work, who she could have contact with, and how to spend her money since 2008. Now, Spears can live on her own terms.
«The time has come after more than a decade for the conservatorship to be terminated in its entirety,» Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart told the court.
The ruling marks the end of what she has described as a «demoralizing» and traumatizing chapter of her life. And while the #FreeBritney fan movement and increased scrutiny from news outlets certainly hastened what we now know was a yearslong fight to regain control, it was Spears’ own voice that brought matters to a head four and a half months ago when she told the court — and the world — that her conservatorship was «abusive» and she wanted out.
«I just want my life back,» Spears said during a virtual court appearance on June 23. «It’s been 13 years. And it’s enough.»
Shortly after Friday’s hearing, Spears thanked her fans in a tweet with the hashtag #FreedBritney.
«Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy 🥺❤️ !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!!,» she tweeted. «Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen 🙏🏼☀️🙌🏼 ????» And in a follow up Instagram post, she posted a photo of her in a bright yellow dress with the caption: «I can’t freaking believe it !!!! Again … best day ever !!!!»
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