The Biggest Revelations from Britney Spears' Conservatorship Hearing
Britney Spears appeared before a Los Angeles court to speak about the effects of her conservatorship on Wednesday — here is what she had to say about the past 13 years of her life
Britney's Conservatorship Hearing
On Wednesday afternoon, Britney Spears appeared before a Los Angeles court and Judge Brenda Penny to speak about the effects of her conservatorship and why she believes her father Jamie Spears and acting conservator Jodi Montgomery should not be conservators of her estate.
Spears, who did not take an oath before speaking, began her nearly 30-minute statement with, "I have a lot to say, so bear with me. I don't think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time." Speaking about her prior music and tour commitments, Spears said she "is not here to be anyone's slave."
Stars including her ex Justin Timberlake supported her on Twitter immediately following the hearing, and her father released a statement saying he "is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. [He] loves his daughter and misses her very much."
Read Spears' full statement here, and read on for some of the biggest revelations to come from her call.
She Wants to 'Live a Full Life'
"I deserve privacy. I don't feel like I can live a full life. They're making me feel like I live in a rehab program. I do need a little therapy. I want to progressively move forward."
"This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life! I've worked my whole life. I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. I'm tired of feeling alone."
She Didn't Know She Could Try to End the Conservatorship
"I didn't know I could petition the conservatorship to end. I honestly didn't know that. I've done more than enough. I don't owe these people anything. I've roofed and clothed and fed people on the road. It's demoralizing what I've been through. I've never said it openly - I never thought anyone would believe me. I'm not lying. I just want my life back."
"It's been 13 years and it's been enough. I want to be able to be heard. I've kept this in for so long - it's not good for my heart. I've been so angry and I cry every day. For my sanity ... I need to get it off my heart. The anger, all of it. The main reason why I'm here today is I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated."
She's Unhappy, Despite Her Social Media Posts
"I've lied and told the whole world I'm OK and I'm happy. It's a lie. I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatized. Fake it 'til you make it, but now I'm telling you the truth, OK? I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm depressed. I cry every day."
She Wants to Get Married and Have Children, But Can't
"I have an [IUD] inside of myself so I don't get pregnant. They don't want me to have children - any more children. I want to get married and have a baby."
She Doesn't Want Further Evaluations in Order to End the Conservatorship
"I want changes, I deserve changes. I was told I have to be sat down and evaluated again."
"Honestly, I don't think I owe anyone to be evaluated. I've done more than enough."
She Was 'Forced' to Do Her 2018 Tour
"I was on tour in 2018. I was forced to do. My management said if I don't do this tour, I will have to find an attorney. My own management could sue me if I didn't follow through with the tour. He handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary. And with the conservatorship, I couldn't even get my own attorney. So out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour."
"When I came off that tour, a new show in Las Vegas was supposed to take place. I started rehearsing early, but it was hard because I'd been doing Vegas for four years and I needed a break in between. But no, I was told this is the timeline and this is how it's going to go. I rehearsed four days a week. I actually did most of the choreography, meaning I taught my dancers my new choreography myself. I take everything I do very seriously. There's tons of video with me at rehearsals. I wasn't good - I was great. I led a room of 16 new dancers in rehearsals."
"It's funny to hear my managers' side of the story. They all said I wasn't participating in rehearsals and that I never agreed to take my medication - my medication is only taken in the mornings, never at rehearsal. They don't even see me. So why are they even claiming that? When I said no to one dance move into rehearsals, it was as if I planted a huge bomb somewhere. And I said no, I don't want to do it this way."
"After that, my management, my dancers and my assistant of the new people that were supposed to do the new show all went into a room, shut the door and didn't come out for at least 45 minutes. I was told by my at the time therapist, Dr. Benson - who died [in 2019] - that my manager called him and then that moment and told him I wasn't cooperating or following the guidelines in rehearsals. And he also said I wasn't taking my medication, which is so dumb, because I've had the same lady every morning for the past eight years give me my same medication."
She Wants to Take Legal Action Against Her Conservators
"Anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management who played a huge role in punishing me" [should] be in jail."
"And I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you. I also would like to be able to share my story with the world."
"All I want is to own my money, for this to end, and my boyfriend to drive me in his f---ing car."
During the hearing, Spears was not questioned by her conservators' lawyers, nor have they had the opportunity to rebut her allegations in court. As stated by the judge on Wednesday, Spears still needs to file a formal motion to end the conservatorship.