Britney Spears broke her silence on Instagram to express her displeasure with the "demoralizing and degrading" conservatorship that has had control over her personal life, professional career, and financial affairs for more than 13 years. On Friday, a Los Angeles judge ordered the conservatorship to be terminated.
Spears stated in the video that she wanted to address some of her fans' questions, the most pressing of which is: what happens now?
"Since 2001, I've been in charge of the conservatorship. If you're in a situation you don't want to be in for that long, that's a long time," she explained. "To be honest, I'm grateful for every single day, including having the keys to my car, being able to be self-sufficient and feel like a woman, and owning an ATM card, seeing cash for the very first time, and being able to purchase candles. For us women, it's the little things that make a big difference, but they add up."
In an interview with People, Spears stated that she is "not here to be a victim," but rather is using her situation to raise awareness about conservatorship laws.
In her own words, "I'm here to be an advocate for people who have legitimate disabilities and legitimate illnesses." "My own strength is immense, so I can only imagine what the system has done to those individuals. Perhaps my story will have an impact and lead to some changes in the corrupt system that exists today."
It was also revealed in Spears' address to fans that she intends to speak with Oprah Winfrey about the conservatorship, which was a surprise tease. It has not been confirmed that such an interview will take place.
"I figured I'd share a tidbit of my thoughts on social media before I go and make things right," she said, tagging Winfrey in the post. "I mean, who knows... I understand how embarrassing it is to admit that I've never seen cash or been able to drive a motor vehicle... but honestly, it still blows my mind every day I wake up and how my family and the conservatorship were able to do what they did to me... it was demoralizing and degrading," says Spears
The conservatorship of Spears, which began in 2008 and ended on Friday, finally came to an end. Her father, Jamie Spears, was initially entrusted with the responsibility of her conservatorship after she was hospitalized for mental health issues. Since then, he and a co-conservator have maintained control over Britney Spears' finances, estate, and medical decisions.
Britney Spears stated in a video that if it hadn't been for the people who participated in the "Free Britney" movement, her freedom might not have been as achievable as it is today. Over the course of several years, the movement has advocated on the pop star's behalf and raised concerns about her situation.
"To be completely honest, you guys are fantastic. After being muted and threatened for so long, I was unable to speak up or say anything, and it was only because of you guys and your awareness of what was going on and your delivery of that news to the public for so long that people became aware of everything," she explained. "And I honestly believe that you saved my life in some way as a result of your efforts."