It can sometimes feel that the only person who hasn’t weighed in about pop icon Britney Spears’ wildly controversial conservatorship is Britney Spears. So upon hearing the news that the pop icon would be making a statement in an open court this week, fans around the world have waited with bated breath to finally hear from the singer herself.
Britney Spears has finally spoken about her conservatorship in open court for the first time since 2008, and she didn’t mince words in doing so.
What Did Britney Say At The Court Hearing?
At a Los Angeles hearing on Thursday (AEST), the singer reportedly asked probate Judge Brenda Penny that the conservatorship be terminated, an arrangement that she insisted was doing more harm to her than good. “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” Britney said. She added that her father, Jamie Spears, deserves to be in jail. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me – he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%. He loved it,” she said.
Britney also revealed that under the conditions of the conservatorship, she’s not able to get married to her boyfriend Sam Asghari or have more children. “I have a IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant,” she said. “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 to go the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children.”
“So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” Britney said, adding: “I deserve to have a life.”
You can read a transcript of her full 20-minute statement right here.
What Does The Conservatorship Do?
The court-approved conservatorship, which has been in place since the pop icon experienced mental health problems in 2008, gives another person the right to control her assets and make financial decisions on her behalf. It is usually invoked in extreme circumstances: for example, in the case of the elderly, infirm, person with a severe mental illness. In Australia it’s more commonly referred to as a guardianship.
Put simply: a conservatorship is usually invoked when the court believes a person can’t make decisions for themselves.
According to the ABC News, the burden is on Spears to prove she has the competency to control her own life and finances.
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.