Britney Spears accuses ‘abusive conservatorship’ against father
Published: 04:13 PM, 24 June 2021
US famous pop star Britney Spears has alleged of “abusive” conservatorship against father Jamie Spears; Photo: Collected
US famous pop star Britney Spears has alleged of “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.
At a court hearing, the US pop star accused her father of controlling her life “100%”, reports BBC.
Speaking on Wednesday via telephone to a judge in Los Angeles, the 39-year-old pop star said she was traumatized and cried every day. “I just want my life back,” she said.
After her statement, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny thanked Spears for her “courageous” words, however, made no ruling.
News agency AP reported that there will be a long “legal process’ before any decision on ending the conservatorship.
Noted that Jamie Spears, father of Britney Spears, was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008 after she was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health.
In an emotional 20-minute address, Britney Spears told the court that she wants to end the “conservatorship without being evaluated”. “I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break,” she said.
Britney Spears, who is also a mother of two, said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to do so.
She accused her conservator of stopping her from having a Contraceptive Intrauterine Device (IUD) removed so that she could not get pregnant.
She also said “she had been put on the drug lithium, a common medicine for bipolar disorder, against her wishes, and it had made her feel drunk and unable to converse.”
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said, lamented that she is not happy, she can’t sleep and she cried every day.
Jamie Spears stepped down “temporarily” as his daughter’s personal conservator in 2019 due to his health reasons and now the pop star has requested for this to be made “permanent”.
She is seeking to permanently install Jodi Montgomery, a care professional, into the role instead of reinstating her father.
Meanwhile, Jamie Spears’ lawyers said he was troubled by his daughter’s allegations in court. “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” his lawyers said in a statement read out in court. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and he misses her very much.”
Source: BBC, AP, Reuters