- Britney Spears Says the End of Curation is the “Best Day of her Life”
Famous Popstar Britney Spears recovered control of her personal life and her money on Friday when a judge ended a 13-year guardianship that prompted fans and critics of the arrangement normally meant to protect the elderly.
“As of today, custody of Britney Jean Spears’ person and property will end,” Los Angeles Supreme Court Justice Brenda Penny said after a 30-minute hearing in which no one spoke out against the termination of the court-sanctioned mechanism.
The 39-year-old “Piece of Me” singer has been begging the court for months to end the custody that has ruled her $ 60 million personal life and fortune since 2008.
Spears didn’t show up for Friday’s hearing, but wrote on Instagram: “I love my fans so much, this is crazy !!! I think I’ll cry for the rest of the day !!!! The best day.”
Outside the courthouse, dozens of fans burst into applause and threw pink confetti in the air when they heard the news. Some danced and sang to her hit “Stronger”.
“It was a monumental day for Britney Spears,” said pop star lawyer Matthew Rosengart in front of the courthouse. He thanked the #FreeBritney movement, which he said was instrumental in ending the legal process.
The conservatorship was set up and overseen by the singer’s father, Jamie Spears after she had a public breakdown in 2007 and was hospitalized for undisclosed mental health issues.
Interest in the case was propelled in the past year by documentaries and the #FreeBritney movement of fans who questioned why the singer needed such restrictions while she was touring around the world and earning millions of dollars.
Lauriann Wright, the attorney for Jodi Montgomery, who had been entrusted with overseeing Spears’ personal life, told the judge there was “no reason this termination cannot happen and Ms. Spears cannot live a safe, happy and fulfilling life.”
Rosengart said a “safety net” had been put in place to help Spears transition back to regular life. Judge Penny added that the current conservator should continue working to settle ongoing financial issues in the case.
“I’m shaking,” Leanne Simmons, a fan and one of the organizers of the #FreeBritney movement, said shortly after the decision. “It still hasn’t sunk in to hear those words, ‘The conservatorship has been terminated.’ Britney is a free woman.”
The Spears case helped prompt hearings in the U.S. Congress and a new law in California aimed at preventing abusive conservatorships, which are normally set up to protect disabled people, the elderly, or those suffering from dementia.
Since revealing years of private anguish in tearful testimony in June, Spears hired Rosengart, who moved aggressively to end the restrictions.
In June, she told the court she had been humiliated and traumatized and that she wanted her life back. She said she had been forced to work and take medication against her will and was prevented from marrying or even getting her hair done.
“She stepped up on June 23rd and really shocked the country and shocked the world with her powerful, poignant words,” Rosengart said.
Judge Penny ended the conservatorship without requiring Spears to undergo a mental health evaluation, a step often taken in such cases.
The arrangement began to crumble in September when in a sudden reversal Jamie Spears said he supported ending it because it had helped her and was no longer needed.
Penny suspended Jamie Spears from the conservatorship in late September, calling his involvement “toxic” to the singer’s well-being.
Rosengart is pushing for Jamie Spears to be investigated for possible financial mismanagement of his daughter’s affairs, but he said on Friday it would be up to Britney Spears to decide how to proceed on that matter.
Jamie Spears has said through attorneys that he helped his daughter rehabilitate her career and always acted in her best interest.
Spears is engaged to marry her personal trainer boyfriend, Sam Asghari, but no date has been set. “History was made today. Britney is Free,” Asghari wrote on Instagram.