In a rare public appearance in court, Britney Spears gave an impassioned speech about how she was treated by her father, James Parnell Spears, and the rest of her family under the conservatorship. She pleaded with the judge for the legal arrangement to end. James, also known as “Jaime,” has had a say in nearly every move Britney has made since the conservatorship started in 2008.
“My family didn’t do a goddam thing,” the singer claimed. “Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad.”
The popstar, 39, also revealed that she has an IUD inside of her, one that she claims she cannot have removed due to her conservatorship. “They don’t want me to have children – any more children,” Britney alleged.
She continued to express how she would like to get married and have children with her current boyfriend, Sam Asghari. She also accused James Parnell Spears and the conservatorship of forcing her to take medication she did not want or need. Britney says that she feels like she has no privacy, and claims that she can’t even go to therapy without fear of paparazzi hounding her and her therapist.
On Wednesday, Britney Spears also asserted that she was forced to take lithium, a mood-stabilizing drug, while under a conservatorship.
“He took me off my normal meds I’ve been on for five years. And lithium is a very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to,” Spears claimed during the hearing. She said while on Lithium she felt “drunk.”
“I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything,” Spears admitted.
James was in control of her health and medical decisions for a while but has since stepped down from that role after facing his own health problems in 2019. Currently, Jodi Montgomery has been temporarily filling in, a role that James Parnell Spears’ team hopes to make permanent in the coming weeks.
Her father has had joint conservatorship over her along with the attorney, Andrew Wallet. The estate has an estimated worth of $60 million. When Wallet resigned in 2019, James Parnell Spears became solely responsible for overseeing her finances, and according to Britney, her whole life. Britney accuses her father of being abusive and that he “loved” the control he had over her.
This is the first time Britney has spoken out in court. Despite many hearings about her case over the past year, this Wednesday was the first time we’ve seen her take the stand. The last time we’ve heard her publicly speak about the conservatorship was just months after it was initially placed in 2008. That was 13 years ago, and it seems Britney has had enough.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she said. The statement comes along with claims that she was forced to perform. She accused James Parnell Spears and her management team of forcing her to perform in Vegas. She alleged that her own management would sue her if Britney had refused.
In the court hearing on Wednesday, Britney said, “I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end. I honestly didn’t know that. I’ve done more than enough. I don’t owe these people anything. I’ve roofed and clothed and fed people on the road,” adding, “It’s demoralizing what I’ve been through. I’ve never said it openly – I never thought anyone would believe me. I’m not lying. I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s been enough. I want to be able to be heard. I’ve kept this in for so long – it’s not good for my heart. I’ve been so angry and I cry every day.”
After the court went to recess, they ceased the live audio of the court proceedings. They claim that it was due to “live-tweeting” which was against the court guidelines. The next hearing is set to take place on July 14th. Currently, #FreeBritney is trending yet again over many mainstream media platforms.
James Parnell Spears has had conservatorship over his daughter, Britney Spears, since 2008. The legal arrangement was put in place a year after her public breakdown in 2007. Since then, a social movement has sparked, and so, #FreeBritney was born.