The pop star has revealed how she celebrated after the abusive 13-year legal arrangement was finally terminated
“What an amazing weekend,” she wrote. “I felt like I was on cloud 9 the whole time!!! I actually got my first glass of champagne at the most beautiful restaurant I’ve ever seen last night!!! I’m celebrating my freedom and my B day for the next two months!!!!!!!!!!! I mean after 13 years… I think I’ve waited long ENOUGH!!!!”
Britney went on to thank her lawyer Mathew Rosengart, who was appointed in July, saying she’s “so happy” he came into her life “when he did”. “He has truly turned my life around… I’m forever thankful for that!!!!”
Addressing her fans – who launched the #FreeBritney movement that brought worldwide attention to the musician’s conservatorship battle – Britney said: “What a sight seeing so many people celebrating my victory… I love my fans so much… so thank you!!!!”
On Saturday (November 13), the singer shared a video of a crowd of #FreeBritney supporters cheering outside the courthouse the previous day. In the caption, she wrote: “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day!!!! Best day ever… praise the Lord… can I get an Amen?” She added the hashtag, “#FreedBritney”.
Britney was placed under conservatorship in 2008, following a five-day admission to a psychiatric hospital – it was supposed to end in 2009. Until September when he was removed from the role, the musician’s father, Jamie Spears, was in charge of Britney’s estate, finances, career, and personal life, and has been accused of abusing this position on numerous occasions. Britney herself said her “dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management… should be in jail”.
The battle attracted global scrutiny over the last couple of years, most recently due to multiple documentaries about Britney’s struggle, including the New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears and Controlling Britney Spears, and Netflix’s Britney vs Spears. Making a rare address to court in June, Britney said the conservatorship was “doing me way more harm than good”, adding, “I deserve to have a life”.
Since Friday, a number of celebrities have taken to social media to celebrate Britney’s freedom. Donatella Versace (AKA the designer of Britney’s wedding dress), said: “My heart is smiling for you, Britney. Congratulations on your regained and deserved emancipation.”
“I’m so happy that this day has finally come,” added longtime friend Paris Hilton. “This moment is so long overdue. Britney Spears is finally free!!! You’re the most resilient, kind and inspiring soul. We all love you so so much! Your best days are yet to come!”
Britney’s fiancé, Sam Asghari, also marked the occasion on Instagram, writing: “History was made today. Britney is Free!”
As reported by British Vogue, Britney will now regain a number of freedoms lost under the conservatorship, including the ability to control her wealth, as well as to marry Asghari and have more children. Her payments to her conservators will also end (it’s alleged that Jamie has made at least $5 million from the arrangement).
The termination of the conservatorship appears to have led Britney to cancel plans to “officially retire”, which she announced she’d do as long as her father controlled her life. According to Page Six, the pop star is already “excited” to make music again – though it’s not necessarily her “top priority” right now.
And for those waiting for a “tell-all” interview now Britney is free, I wouldn’t hold your breath. As she says – and deserves! – the star has at least two months of celebrating to do.