In a heartbreaking court address, Britney Spears says all she wants is to marry her
boyfriend Sam Asghari and have more children, but her father’s tight grip over her life
via a 13-year conservatorship is inhibiting her from taking control.
The successful pop star, who is worth an estimated $60 million, has spoken in court for
the first time in years to formally request the end of the strict arrangement usually
reserved for the elderly or severely mentally ill, delivering an explosive testimony about
years of “abuse”, which she likened to “sex trafficking”.
Among several bombshells, Britney has made alarming allegations regarding her father’s
control over her body.
Appearing via an audio link, Britney alleged her father forced her to implant an IUD birth
control device in her body and has actively prevented her from having it removed by a
doctor. He also allegedly had her heavily medicated so she would continue performing.
“I am traumatized,” she said, speaking remotely. “I just want my life back.”
During the hearing, fans outside held placards reading Free Britney and demanding the
ruling be axed.
Jamie Spears was granted control over his daughter’s personal and business affairs in a
court-ordered conservatorship in 2008. The order was originally granted after the star
was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health.
“I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” Spears told the court
decisively in an emotional 20-minute address on Wednesday, calling the arrangement
“I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year
break,” she said.
Spears said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have a baby, but the conservatorship
would not allow her to. She accused her conservator of stopping her from having a
contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant.
“I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby,”
Spears said. “I have an I[U]D 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.”
She also said she had been forced to take lithium – a common medicine for bipolar
disorders to the point where she felt drunk and unable to converse.
“I felt drunk. I couldn’t even stick up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything.
I told them I was scared and they had six different nurses come to my home to monitor
me while I was on this medication that I didn’t want to be on, to begin with.”
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said.
In 2019, Jamie Spears stepped down temporarily as his daughter’s personal conservator
because of health reasons but the pop star is requesting for this to be made permanent.
In another move, she is seeking to permanently install Jodi Montgomery, a care
professional, into the role instead of reinstating her father.
Jamie Spears was troubled by the singer’s allegations in court, according to his lawyer.
“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” the representative said in
a statement read out in court. “Mr Spears loves his daughter, and he misses her very