Britney Spears Is Finally Free From Her Conservatorship

This ruling ends a chapter in her life that she described as "demoralizing" or "traumatizing".
Mario Anzuoni / Reuters Britney Spears in 2019.

LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears finally has her life back, nearly 14 years after she lost control of her personal affairs and multimillion dollar fortune. Spears' conservatorship was ended by Brenda Penny, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. This freed the pop star, 39, from the legal binds that had allowed her father and his team to decide about her work, who she could contact, and how her money would be spent. Spears now has the freedom to live her life on her terms. Mathew Rosengart, Spears' attorney, stated to the court that it was time for the conservatorship to end in its entirety after more than a decade. This ruling ends what she described as a "demoralizing and traumatizing" chapter in her life. While the #FreeBritney fan movement, increased scrutiny from media outlets has certainly helped in what we now know to be a long fight to regain control of the situation, it was Spears who brought the matter to a head four months ago when she stated to the court and the world that her conservatorship was abusive and that she wanted to get out. Spears stated that she just wanted her life back during a June 23 virtual court appearance. It's been thirteen years. It's enough. Spears thanked her fans shortly after Friday's hearing in a tweet that included the hashtag #FreedBritney "Good God, I love my fans so deeply it's crazy! I think I'm going to cry for the rest of the day! She tweeted, "Thank you!" She tweeted, "Best day ever... Praise the Lord... Can I get an Amen ????"? BuzzFeed News exposed abuse, neglect, death in the US guardianship sector. You can read our investigative series, "Beyond Britney", here. The New York Times' documentary Framing Britney Spears was released in February. It questioned her father's control over her financial and emotional well-being. Just a day prior to her appearance in court, the Times reported that Britney had been pushing for the end of the conservatorship for many years. This confirmed long-held beliefs that she wanted to be released from the conservatorship. Fans rallied again outside the courthouse on Friday, shouting "What do you want?" "Free Britney!" and waving #FreeBritney flags. When the judge announced her decision, they erupted in joy, her songs including "Stronger" playing on a loudspeaker.

The #FreeBritney fanatics are thrilled. Pink confetti flying over Grand Ave Twitter: @skbaer

Kevin Wu was one of the many supporters who spoke out on Friday. He said that the legal case had been ignored for too long. He said that the moment when Wu was allowed to choose the lawyer she wanted was a turning point. He also added that her powerful testimony had opened many eyes. Wu stated, "It feels surreal this is finally happening."

Chris Pizzello / AP Britney Spears Supporter Rafael Lopez, Tijuana (Mexico), waves a "Free Britney!" flag at a hearing in Los Angeles, Nov. 12.

Junior Olivas (33), a #FreeBritney activist, said that his fellow supporters had to "scream every single hearing and pretty much put our hands down everyone's throats" in order to convince people to take the movement seriously. He said that he couldn't believe the amount of work that had been done to reach this point, and that he knew it was when the pop star spoke in court. He said, "We did our parts, she did hers, and that's why are we here today."

Chris Pizzello / AP Britney sings supporters color in a "Free Britney!" message outside a hearing about the singer's conservatorship in Los Angeles, Nov. 12.

Spears revealed a variety of shocking facts during the June hearing. She stated that she would like to marry and have another child but was unable to schedule a doctor appointment to remove her IUD. Spears also stated that she was forced to take medication making her feel drunk, and that she wasn't allowed to visit friends or ride in the car of her boyfriend. Spears stated, "I deserve to live a normal life." "I have the right to all of these rights, including having a child, a spouse, or any other family member.

Chris Pizzello / AP Britney Spears supporters march out of the courthouse during the hearing in Los Angeles on June 23rd.

The statements of Spears that afternoon set off the unravelling of the legal arrangement under which she had lived since February 2008, when her dad petitioned the court for her to be placed in his care during a mental health crisis.

Bessemer Trust, a wealth-management firm that was appointed to manage Spears’ estate along with her father, resigned as co-conservator days after her comments to the court. It stated that it had "heard the Conservatee" and that it respects her wishes. Samuel Ingham, her court-appointed lawyer, resigned on July 6. Rosengart was a former federal prosecutor who has worked with celebrities as a replacement. Rosengart's team quickly got to work on her behalf and began investigating her father's handling of her affairs. Jamie Spears maintained in court filings, that he managed her daughter's finances well and tried to keep away from her medical and personal care. Spears, however, has made a scathing attack on her father in court filings in June and July. She also criticized the power that the conservatorship granted him to "ruin [her] lives." She stated on July 14 that she was "here to get rid [of] my dad and to charge him with conservatorship abuse."