Yesterday, for the first time, Britney Spears openly addressed the court to speak honestly about the longstanding conservatorship that she has been under for more than a decade. Her father, Jamie Spears, has been the sole conservator of Britney’s estate for most of that time. This case has been hugely controversial, as Britney (primarily via her legal team) has consistently asked to be freed from her conservatorship in various degrees. Yesterday was the first time Britney has publicly addressed the court and asked for this freedom in an open statement.
The pop singer has now addressed her followers directly on Instagram, speaking honestly about the situation for what some are reading as the first time. Throughout the heavy discourse around the conservatorship, as well as the media frenzy around the Framing Britney Spears documentary, fans questioned just how much autonomy Britney had over what she chose to share online about her legal battle.
Despite fan concerns for her wellbeing and disturbing statements from her lawyer about how she is coping, Britney has maintained on social media that she’s doing just fine. She’s written she’s “the happiest she’s ever been”, and that she was “embarrassed” by the New York Times documentary.
Britney’s post today is a lengthy ode to fairytales, in which she shares where she’s been at for the last few years. “I apologise for pretending like I’ve been okay the past two years… I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me,” she wrote.
“I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AT ALL… and if you have read anything about me in the news this week… you obviously know that it’s not!” Britney added. “Believe it or not pretending that I’m okay has actually helped,” she wrote, which could explain many of her posts over the last few years. The comments section is being flooded with love and support for Britney.
The full 23-minute statement (which you can read here) marks Britney Spears’ most public statement about the conservatorship to date. The internet was in full meltdown mode yesterday, with celebrities, fans and of course the folks from the #FreeBritney camp pouring endless love and support for Brit on every social media platform, as well as weighing in on some of the more disturbing parts of Britney’s testimony.
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