'My car keys, an ATM card, cash': Britney Spears reveals new freedoms since conservatorship ended

Credit: Instagram/Britney Spears

Britney Spears has revealed she's regained control of her car keys, credit card, and even cash following the end of her 13 year conservatorship.

The singer said she was grateful just to be able to "buy candles" on her own since the system which controlled her life for more than a decade came to an end.

In a video message on Instagram, the singer said it was "the little things" that made her grateful to be independent again.

"I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day, and being able to have to keys to my car, owning an ATM card, seeing cash for the first time", she told her 36 million followers on Wednesday.

Listen to Unscripted, the ITV News Entertainment podcast

The singer - who rose to worldwide fame in the early 2000s - had been subject to a conservatorship until last week.

Under the legal terms of her conservatorship, she was unable to make basic decisions about her finances, career and personal life.

Britney was placed into the conservatorship in 2008 due to apparent mental health struggles - her father maintained control over the agreement for many years.

Conservatorships are normally used for people who can no longer make decisions for themselves due to health conditions.

The 39-year-old said she was "not here to be a victim" but was relieved to get her independence back.

"I've been in a conservatorship for 13 years: it's a really long time to be in a situation you don't want to be in", she told her Instagram followers.

"Hopefully, my story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system".

The singer, who will give an interview with US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey, said she is grateful to "feel like a woman" now that she has legal control over her own life back.

Special praise was reserved for Britney fans and members of the Free Britney movement, who campaigned to end the conservatorship.

Free Britney fans react to the news the singer has been freed

"You guys rock", she said.

"My voice was muted and threatened for so long and I wasn't able to speak up or say anything.

"I honestly think you guys saved my life", she added.

In a written message, the Mississippi-born pop star said it was "embarrassing" to not have access to her own money or drive her car under the conservatorship.

"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 !!!! 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 !!!!", she said.

Britney Spears last performed live in October 2018 Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Britney has been in the spotlight since she was a child star on the Disney show The Mickey Mouse Club. She has accused her parents of working her too hard in her earlier years and throughout her life.

On Instagram, the singer said she has worked hard for 20 years and she hopes her family see the post.

She wrote: "I’m used to keeping peace for the family and 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 !!!!"