Spears requested to address Judge Brenda Penny to speak out about the arrangement. The singer attended the hearing virtually by phone. Spears spoke more than 20 minutes as she read from a letter.
“A lot has happened since two years ago, the last time I was in court. I haven’t been back to court because I didn’t feel I was heard,” Spears began.
She said she felt she had been forced to perform, was given no privacy and was made to use birth control, take medication and attend therapy sessions against her will.
Spears said on Wednesday that she was put on Lithium, despite her objections.
“It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than five months. I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses.”
She criticized how her family, including her father Jamie Spears, has handled her conservatorship and responded to her concerns about her care.
“My family didn’t do a God damn thing,” she said. “Anything I had to do, [my dad] was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.”
Spears’ father had been the conservator of her estimated $60 million estate since 2008, along with attorney Andrew Wallet, following a series of personal issues that played out publicly for the singer. Following Wallet’s resignation in 2019, Spears had been solely responsible for overseeing her finances until Judge Brenda Penny appointed Bessemer Trust in November 2020 to serve as co-conservator.
Spears said during the hearing that she expressed her disappointment about her care and management of her career to her dad but that she felt like he “loved it.”
“The control he had to hurt his own daughter he loved it. I worked seven days a week … it was like sex trafficking. I didn’t have a credit card, cash or my passport.”
“I’m traumatized. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane,” Spears said.
Spears also addressed why she has not brought up these issues on social media.
“I thought I might become happy,” she said. “I’m indenial. I am traumatized. I’m not happy. I can’t sleep, I’m so angry it’s insane. I’m depressed.”
“I have never said it openly I didn’t think anything of it. I thought people would make fun of me, she’s lying, she’s got everything, she’s Britney Spears. It’s been long time since I’ve owned my money. It’s my wish for this to end,” she added.
Spears said that she wants to hire an attorney of her choosing, since her current counsel, Samuel Ingham III was court appointed in 2008.
“For the past f***ing 13 years, I’m been so good and so pretty and I do everything,” she said. “I can’t allow my ignorant father to do that to me … I don’t even drink alcohol. I should drink alcohol given what they’ve put my heart through.”
She pleaded with judge to take her concerns seriously.
“The last time I spoke to you, it made me feel like I was dead, like I didn’t matter. like you thought I was lying. I’m not lying, so that maybe you understand the depth and degree, I deserve changes.”
Spears also said that she wants to start a family with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
“I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told I can’t get married. I have an IUD inside me but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to remove it because they don’t want me to have anymore children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm then good.”
She also added that she hasn’t been allowed to even ride in her boyfriend’s car alone.
“I’d like to be able to share my story with the world,” she said. “I want to be able to be heard. By making me keep this in for so long, it’s not good for my heart. It concerns me I’m not allowed to be able to heard. I have the right to use my voice. My attorney says I can’t let the public know what they did to me … I shouldn’t be able to be in a conservatorship. The laws need to change. Ma’am, I’ve worked since I was 17 years old. I can’t go somewhere unless I meet someone every week in an office. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive, but ma’am there are a thousand conservatorships that are abusive as well. I want to end the conservatorship.
Spears ended her remarks by saying, “I deserve to have a two to three year break. I feel open and I’m OK to talk to you about this. I feel ganged up on, bullied, left out and alone. I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights, having a child or any of those things.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.