Britney Spears’ conservatorship terminated after 13 years

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A California judge has officially terminated Britney Spears’ conservatorship, freeing her from the legal arrangement that has controlled her life since 2008.

The pop icon has fought for years to regain her independence from the courts, which have prevented her from making her own choices about her finances, career and personal life, including medical decisions.

Britney Spears at the VMAs.
Britney Spears is officially free from the legal arrangement that’s controlled her finances, career and personal life since 2008. Photo: Getty

“As of today, the conservatorship of the person and of the estate of Britney Jean Spears is hereby terminated,” Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny announced on Friday.

Immediately after the decision was revealed, fans erupted with cheers and shouts outside the courthouse while singing and dancing to her hit song Stronger.

“Britney! Britney! Britney!” they chanted.

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Britney also took to social media following the announcement to repost a video of the crowd, saying that it’s the “best day ever”.

“Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day! Best day ever… Praise the Lord… Can I get an Amen?” she wrote, adding the hashtag ‘Freed Britney’.

'I deserve to have a life'

Britney officially asked a judge to end her conservatorship, which is a court-appointed legal guardianship, during a dramatic hearing in June.

She labelled the conservatorship as “abusive” and condemned her father, Jamie Spears, and others who have controlled it for most of its existence.

“I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” she declared in a powerful and emotional 24-minute testimony where she said she was “traumatised” and “depressed”.

“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life.”

“My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management… They should be in jail.”

The Toxic hitmaker also said that the conservatorship prevented her from marrying and having a baby with her long-term partner, Sam Asghari, to who she has since announced her engagement.

It was confirmed in August that Britney’s father had agreed to step down from his long time role as conservator of his daughter’s estate, a major step in the ‘Free Britney’ movement.

Britney’s conservatorship was first put into place in 2008 on a temporary basis after she suffered a very public ‘breakdown’, including when she was famously seen shaving her head.

Ahead of Friday’s monumental decision, Britney’s fiancé shared a video on Instagram of himself and the pop star wearing matching t-shirts reading: ‘#FreeBritney It’s a human rights movement.’

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