Britney Spears Rails Against Conservatorship in Court Hearing: 'I Am So Angry, It's Insane'

Britney Spears Rails Against Conservatorship in Court Hearing: 'I Am So Angry, It's Insane'

The pop star has been under a conservatorship for 13 years

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Britney Spears spoke out against the conservatorship she has been living under for the last decade, telling the court on Monday, “I should not be in a conservatorship if I can work for myself and make money and pay other people.”

The superstar has been under a court-approved conservatorship for 13 years, and Spears has unsuccessfully tried to have her father removed as a conservator of her estate, with her attorney arguing that the singer is “afraid” of her father and does not want him to have control over her finances and career.

During the hearing on Wednesday, Spears spoke out against the conservatorship for the first time.

“I’ve lied to the world that I’m happy and OK, it’s a lie. Maybe if I said it enough, I would become it. I am traumatized, fake it to make it. I am not happy. I can’t sleep. I am so angry, it’s insane, I am depressed and I cry every day.”

Last fall, a judge appointed the financial institution Bessmer Trust as a co-conservator for Spears. Spears’ father wanted to retain delegation power over the singer’s investments, but Judge Brenda Penny rejected the objection.

In February, the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” hit Hulu. Though Spears herself did not participate, it discussed not only how the media treated her as she struggled at the peak of her fame, but the pop star’s legal struggle over the court-mandated conservatorship. In March, Spears said she was “embarrassed” and “cried” over the documentary although she hadn’t seen it.

Following the documentary’s release, stars like Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker tweeted “FreeBritney” with a hashtag, referencing the fan-formed movement that was created in support of the court abolishing Spears’ conservatorship that prohibits her from having control over her own fortune and from making her own financial decisions.

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