After 13 years of Britney Spears being forced to live under a conservatorship, a Los Angeles judge announced the end of the pop icon’s time under the controversial legal document on November 12, much to the joy of her fans, friends and well-wishers across the globe. This decision changes the way Spears will live on both, small and big scales, and will give her the freedom to use her money as she wishes, drive her own car, and have full control over her health and medication. “I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day, and being able to have the keys to my car, being able to be independent, feel like a woman, owning an ATM card, seeing cash for the first time, being able to buy candles. It’s the little things for us women, but it makes a huge difference,” she revealed.
After years of holding her silence, the 39-year-old singer and performer took to her official Instagram account mere hours ago to share a refreshingly honest and candid video. In her two-minute clip, a teary-eyed Britney Spears thanked her fans and supporters for voicing her struggles to the world, saying, “My voice was muted and threatened for so long. I wasn’t able to speak up or say anything, and because of you guys and your awareness of kind of knowing what was going on, and delivering that news to the public… I honestly think you guys saved my life.” She also revealed that she will soon be “setting things square” via an open-hearted conversation about her thirteen-year mental jail time with none other than Oprah Winfrey.
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With the upcoming Oprah interview, Spears will bring clarity to the experiences she has faced behind closed doors. She also hopes that the media attention her conservatorship received eventually pushes some reforms. Stepping at the forefront of this affair, she also considers herself an advocate for people with similar issues. “Hopefully, my story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system,” she said.
Britney Spears was placed under conservatorship in 2008, during a time when her mental health was questioned by her father, Jamie Spears. Despite continuing her successful career during this time, her conservatorship remained intact until she was recently allowed to testify in court and employ a lawyer of her choosing.