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Britney Spears calls for change in the “corrupt” US conservatorship system

By | Published on Wednesday 17 November 2021

Britney Spears

Britney Spears has spoken in more detail about the termination last week of the conservatorship that had controlled her personal and financial affairs for thirteen years.

In a video posted to social media, she says: “I’ve been in the conservatorship for thirteen years. It’s a really a long time to be in a situation you don’t want to be in. So I’m just grateful for each day and being able to have the keys to my car, to be able to be independent and feel like a woman. Owning an ATM card, seeing cash for the first time, being able to buy candles. It’s the little things … I’m grateful for that. It’s nice, it’s really nice”.

Suggesting that she would use her new found freedom to support others stuck in the US conservatorship system, she goes on: “I’m not here to be a victim … I’m here to be an advocate for people with real disabilities and real illnesses. I’m a very strong woman, so I can only imagine what the system has done to those people. So hopefully my story will have an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system”.

She also speaks directly to the fan-led #FreeBritney movement, saying: “My voice was muted and threatened for so long, and I wasn’t able to speak up and say anything. Because of you guys, and the awareness of kind of knowing what was going on, and delivering that news to the public for so long … I honestly think you guys saved my life”.

Spears has also hinted that she is preparing to give a tell-all interview to Oprah Winfrey. In the caption for her video on Instagram, she adds: “It still blows my mind every day I wake up how my family and the conservatorship were able to do what they did to me. It was demoralising and degrading. I’m not even mentioning all the bad things they did to me which they should all be in jail for – yes, including my church-going mother”.

Talking of Britney’s mother, according to the New York Post, Lynn Spears flew to LA shortly before the court hearing that ended the conservatorship last week, in order to try to reconcile with her daughter. Spears’ mother had called for the legal arrangement to be ended recently, although Britney has claimed that the conservatorship was her mother’s idea in the first place.