In the Britney Spears VS Father case, the pop star revealed several secrets about her father in the US court and claimed that she has been “abused, traumatized and in denial”. The 39-year-old pop star has been living under a complete legal control of her father over her life and told a Los Angeles court her harrowing journey.
Britney Spears is a legendary pop star who was seen sharing stage with the like of Michael Jackson when she was just 19 years old. Since then, she amassed immense wealth, popularity and the adoration of her fans. But Spears today remains a shiny example of ‘not all that glitters is gold’.
The #Freebritney plot thickens
With a net worth of over $59 million, Spears has been trending across all social media platforms, with #freebritney trending on Twitter. Recently, she approached a Los Angeles judge where she revealed the secrets of the ‘abusive guardianship’ that she is living under, which has ‘traumatized’ and ‘depressed’ her.
“Just want my life back. 13 years is enough”
In the hearing, Spears asked the judge to put an end to the conservatorship she has been under her father James “Jamie” Spears. In her emotional speech, she shared how her on the directions of her father, her doctors changed her medications and that she was not let to remove the contraceptive device that’s inside her so that she can never have kids, even though she wants to.
“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life,”
-Spears said, in her speech.
Being drugged & not allowed to meet friends, marry boyfriend
She also claimed that in the conservatorship, she’s not allowed to meet her friends that live nearby, not allowed to marry her boyfriend, not allowed to take control of her own healthcare, and she’s been prescribed valium that makes her feel dizzy and drunk.
What is Conservatorship?
In US, conservatorship is a legal adult guardianship which lets a conservator – usually a family member or a close relative – to be in charge of a person’s legal activities. The conservator is a person that’s appointed by the court to take care of the conservatee, and thus, enjoys power over the conservatee’s life.
The court of law decides to appoint a conservator in the cases when a person is suffering from old age, extreme physical or mental disability, have dementia or other limitations. The court intervenes in situations where a person is not able to function properly in their day to day life, not able to manage their best interests, their finances, their medical care, etc.
A conservator is also appointed in a situation where the court observes that the conservatee is vulnerable to malice or frauds.
Why does Britney Spear live under conservatorship?
In 2008, Britney’s father petitioned in front of the LA Court for granting him an emergency ‘temporary conservatorship’. By the end of that year, the temporary conservatorship turned into a permanent one. This led to her father being able to take over complete control of her financial assets and even decisions regarding her professional life.
The root of such an action could be traced back to Britney’s spiral into a disarrayed mental health. Prior to her father taking to the Court, Spears was taken to a psychiatric care center after she refused to give her children back to her ex-husband. Further, she was also involved in a series of incidents including shaving her own head off, going to a club without pants, getting involved in a hit-and-run case.
Once she was out of the psychiatric care, Spears met with her lawyers to have her father removed as her conservator. However, the court observed that Spears was not in the mental capacity to be able to retain and direct her own legal counsel.