The 'Gimmer More' singer is finally speaking her heart after being controlled by her family for over 13 years.
On November 12, Britney Spears' conservatorship ended. With that, she became free of the court-ordered guardianship that made it impossible for the pop star to make any decisions about her personal or professional life for almost 14 years. The Baby One More Time singer was not allowed to make her own medical or financial decisions as her father, Jamie Spears, controlled every aspect of her life, even little things like purchasing a candle with her own money. On Tuesday, she uploaded a video on social media where she finally spoke her mind for the first time after obtaining freedom last week. She noted that her parents should be behind bars for "all the bad things" they subjected her to.
The video, uploaded on Twitter on November 17, began with Spears acknowledging that her fans had a lot of questions for her now that her restrictive conservatorship had ended. The 39 year-old narrowed down on one particular question that most had: What is she going to do with her freedom now that her dad doesn't control the personal and financial aspect of her life? Spears started by noting, "I’ve been in the conservatorship for 13 years. It’s a really long time to be in a situation you don’t want to be in. So I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day."
"And being able to have the keys to my car and being 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 for us women, but it makes a huge difference, and I’m grateful for that. It’s nice," she added, according to Daily Dot. On Instagram, the caption of the same video started which started with a light-hearted tone quickly became serious as she described her conservatorship as "demoralizing and degrading."
She began by writing, "I might as well do a hint of my thoughts on the gram before I go and set things square on @Oprah 🤔😜🤷🏼♀️ !!!!! I mean who knows…" before noting, "I do know how embarrassing is to share the fact I’ve never seen cash or wasn’t able to drive my car." Next, she goes on to express how distressing it is for her every day to remember how her own family restricted her life. "Honestly 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 demoralizing and degrading !!!!" she expressed.
The Gimme More singer only hinted at the treatment that her family, including her "church-going mother" subjected her to, and honestly, it was quite shocking. "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 !!!!" Spears claimed, before explaining how she is "used to keeping peace for the family" by "keeping my mouth shut" but "not this time." "I have NOT FORGOTTEN and I hope they can look up tonight and know EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN !!!!" she added.
As for the video, she thanked her devoted fans for bringing attention to her plight with the "Free Britney" movement. "My voice was muted and threatened for so long, I wasn’t able to speak up or say anything and 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, you gave it awareness, to all of them, and because of you, I honestly think you guys saved my life in a way," she said. In conclusion, she hoped to "be an advocate for people with real disabilities and real illnesses" and that her "story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system."
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