Britney Spears' conservatorship terminated after 13 years

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Posted at 6:23 AM, Nov 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-12 17:38:26-05

Britney Spears is no longer under a conservatorship. A California judge ruled in favor of the pop star Friday.

Spears now has full control over her music career, finances, and medical decisions for the first time since 2008.

Prior to the hearing, Spears' fiance posted a picture on Instagram of the singer wearing a #FreeBritney t-shirt, a viral grassroots campaign pushing to end the conservatorship.

In stunning court testimony in July, Spears broke down while publicly calling for the court to end the conservatorship.

She told a judge that the conservatorship went so far as to force her to take medication and birth control against her will.

"I've told the world I'm happy and OK," Spears said about the arrangement. "I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatized."

According to NBC News, Spears' attorney formally filed a request to end the conservatorship in October, weeks after the court suspended her father, Jamie Spears, as the conservator of her estate.

Jamie had controlled his daughters' finances since February 2008, when the pop star entered into the agreement after a series of public mental health episodes.

Britney's attorney has claimed that Jamie "profited handsomely" as conservator and granted himself a $16,000-a-month compensation for controlling her funds.

Prior to his removal as conservator of his daughter's estate, Jamie had asked the court to end the conservatorship altogether — though he claimed it wasn't in her best interest to do so.

After Jamie was suspended as conservator of his daughter's estate, public account John Zabel took over. Jodi Montgomery is still the conservator of Britney Spears' person and in charge of the singer's personal life.