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Britney Spears asks judge to end ‘abusive’ conservatorship

Los Angeles, US, Jun 23 (EFE).- Pop star Britney Spears spoke out Wednesday against what she described as an “abusive” conservatorship that has given her father control over her life since 2008, and asked for it to end.

“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at a hearing during a 20-minute address via videolink as fans rallied outside the courtroom.

Spears opposed the control that her father exercises over all public and private aspects of her life by a 2008 court order after a period of erratic behavior.

The 39-year-old said her father controlled her “100,000 percent. He loved it,” adding she was “traumatized.”

“I’ve lied and told the whole world ‘I’m okay. And I’m happy.’ It’s a lie. I thought I just maybe [have] said that enough. Because I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” she said. “I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

Spears spoke of having little control over her life during these 13 years, in which she has not had the freedom to speak to the press, give interviews, marry or start a family with her boyfriend.

“I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby,” she said. “I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. 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 go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children.”

“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she said.

The singer also said her therapist put her on medication that made her feel “drunk.”

“I would honestly like to sue my family (…) I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me,” Spears added.

She repeatedly urged for the conservatorship to end.

“The main reason why I’m here is because I want to revoke conservatorship without having to be evaluated,” she said.

However, her lawyer, Samuel Ingham, did not formalize that request in court and the two parties will meet again on a date yet to be set.

A representative for her father, Jamie Spears, said he was “sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.” EFE


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