Britney Spears speaks out about 'abusive' conservatorship
Britney Spears has asked a judge to end her "abusive" conservatorship so she can get married and have more children.
The pop superstar delivered explosive testimony during a virtual hearing in Los Angeles and told the court she "deserves" to be freed from the legal arrangement that has controlled her life for 13 years.
I deserve to have a life, I've worked my whole life.
"This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," Spears, 39, said. "I deserve to have a life, I've worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break."
Her father, Jamie, has largely overseen her life and career since, though Spears, 39, has been trying to oust him from the role.
Last year the singer said she was "afraid" of Jamie, 68, and would not return to the stage while he managed her estimated $43 million estate.
Spears made a highly awaited virtual appearance at a court in Los Angeles on Wednesday and told judge Brenda Penny she wants the conservatorship ended without a further medical assessment.
Spears said the law should be changed and she should not be under a conservatorship while she is able to work and provide for herself.
I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. And I'm tired of feeling alone.
Following Spears's testimony, Judge Penny praised her for speaking out and said: "I certainly am sensitive to everything you said and how you're feeling and I know it took a lot of courage for you to say what you had to say."
Spears thanked the judge for allowing her to take part in the hearing.