Britney Spears said she had been ‘praying’ for the day the controversial legal agreement would come to an end, and Judge Brenda Penny gave the pop star her life back as she ruled the conservatorship should come to an end
Britney Spears is celebrating her freedom now that her conservatorship has come to an end after 13 years.
The pop star, 39, has been under the tight control of her father Jamie Spears and co-conservators since 2008, and she’s been involved in a long fight in court as she tried to get her life back.
On Friday, Judge Brenda Penny ruled the conservatorship should come to an end after Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart asked the judge to end the conservatorship without a medical evaluation.
Judge Brenda terminated the conservatorship without requiring any further mental evaluation and told the court: “The conservatorship of the person and the estate of Britney Jean Spears is hereby terminated.”
The hitmaker is now able to make her own medical, financial and personal decisions for the first time since 2008.
Prior to the announcement, the court has warned that social media was being monitored and that if anyone posted or tweeted updates and that the entire viewing gallery would be kicked out of the courtroom.
In the run-up to Friday’s hearing, Judge Penny didn’t give any signals as to what she would decide, but after no significant opposition from anyone involved in the legal arrangement, she opted to terminate the conservatorship.
It’s a huge victory for Britney, after she tearfully delivered bombshell testimony over the phone in court earlier this year, claiming her father Jamie – and co-conservators – had forced her to take birth control pills, given her high doses of medication, and made her work seven days a week.
The mother-of-two, who got engaged to Sam Asghari in September, now faces the lengthy prospect of being handed back control over her life and finances.
Jodi Montgomery, one of the conservators who oversees Britney’s life and medical decisions, had developed a care plan to guide the singer through the end of her conservatorship, but it’s not known if the Stronger hitmaker will adhere to that.
Fans gathered outside the Los Angeles courtroom on Friday to show their support for the singer, and celebrated as the judge ended the conservatorship that has placed severe restrictions on Britney’s life.
They blocked off the street in front of the courthouse as they staged a demonstration before the hearing, and kicked off a ‘Freedom Party’ after the news broke of the judge’s decision.
It was the star’s fans who began the #FreeBritney movement on social media back in 2019, and it gathered pace over the last year as the singer began to fight for her right to live her own life.
Her case gathered pace when she was permitted to hire her own attorney, Matthew Rosengart, and he successfully persuaded the judge to suspend Jamie from his role in the conservatorship in September.
At the time, Judge Penny said she found no evidence of wrongdoing against the singer’s father, but had been forced to make her decision because of the “toxic environment”.
Her lawyer has vowed to focus an investigation of Britney’s father’s handling of the conservatorship, following claims there was a recording device planted in his daughter’s bedroom.