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Britney Spears breaks silence on ‘traumatizing’ conservatorship at hearing in Los Angeles

American singer-songwriter Britney Spears spoke out against her conservatorship at a hearing in Los Angeles.

In a rare public testimony, the singer told a court her father controlled her “100,000%” and he “loved” it.

“I am traumatised,” she said, speaking remotely. “I just want my life back.”




Jamie Spears was granted control over his daughter’s personal and business affairs in a court-ordered conservatorship in 2008.

The order was originally granted after the star was hospitalised amid concerns over her mental health.

There has been speculation for years about how Ms Spears, 39, felt about the arrangement.



“I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” she told the court, calling it “abusive”.

“I deserve to have a life, I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break,” she said in an emotional 20-minute address.

Ms Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend and have a baby, but the conservatorship will not allow her to.

“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said.

Mr Spears was troubled by the singer’s allegations, according to his lawyer.

“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” the representative said in a statement read out in court. “Mr Spears loves his daughter, and he misses her very much.”

Mr Spears’ legal team has previously insisted he has done a good job of managing his daughter’s finances.

2008 CONSERVATORSHIP ORDER

A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses.




Spears’ conservatorship is split into two parts – one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person.

Under this legal agreement, Spears has not controlled her finances since 2008. That’s around the time she began to behave erratically amid her divorce from Kevin Federline and a custody battle over their two children.