Britney Spears in a recent conservatorship hearing opened up on how she suffered abuse in her father’s hands and how he drugged and forced her to take birth control contraceptives.
Britney’s father was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008 after the star was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health, and it has been extended for more than a decade since.
It followed much speculation about the pop star’s situation, with fans eagerly combing her social media output for clues. A fan-led movement, known as #FreeBritney, has campaigned for her legal freedom for years. The Associated Press said a long legal process is likely before any decision is made on ending the conservatorship.
On Wednesday was the first time Spears opened up in court about her case. She said she wants her life back and desperately wanted the conservatorship to end.
Britney lamented, “I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m okay and I’m happy. I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised,” she said. “I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.
She said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to. She accused her conservator of stopping her from having a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant. She also alleged that she was then put on the drug lithium (a common medicine for bipolar disorder) against her wishes and it had made her feel drunk and unable to converse.
In 2019, Jamie Spears stepped down temporarily as his daughter’s personal conservator because of health reasons but the pop star is requesting for this to be made permanent. And if this is not granted, she is rooting to permanently install Jodi Montgomery, a care professional, into the role instead of reinstating her father.