Britney Spears spoke about the realities of her new freedom after her 13-year tenure was canceled last week.
In his longest and most detailed statement since a judge stopped the controversial legal arrangement that controlled many aspects of her personal and financial life, the pop star spoke of her excitement and gratitude for being able to do things like use a debit card and own her own. car keys.
“I’ve been in conservation for 13 years. It’s a really long time to be in a situation you don’t want to be in, ”she said in a video posted to social media. “So I’m just grateful for every day and being able to have the keys to my car, to be able to be independent and feel like a woman. Owning an ATM card, seeing money for the first time … Those are the little things. ”
She also thanked the fan-led #FreeBritney movement for shedding light on her situation and alleged abuse and corruption by her father and the lawyers involved in the arrangement.
“You’re shaking,” Spears said. “My voice was silenced and threatened for so long and I couldn’t speak and say anything … you saved my life, 100%.”
The singer also said she hopes the media attention on her case will lead to reforms in the conservative system. “I’m here to be an activist for people with real disabilities and illnesses,” Spears told her millions of followers. “Hopefully my story will have an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system.”
Her statement comes after a Los Angeles judge’s Friday decision marked an extraordinary victory for the singer, who has struggled for years to regain her independence. She was placed under conservatism in 2008, which took away her rights to make basic decisions about her economy, career and personal life.
Conservatories are typically introduced for older or sick people who can no longer make decisions for themselves, but in Spears ’case, the courts have established indefinite conservatism even as she has continued with a successful career. Spears has strongly protested the arrangement for years but efforts to end it have gained steam in recent months after Spears was allowed to testify in court and retain a lawyer of her choice.
“Honestly, it still blows my mind every day when I wake up as my family and the Conservative were able to do what they did to me,” Spears wrote in the Instagram image accompanying her video statement, describing the situation as “demoralizing and degrading “.
But she concluded with a encouraging note: “Let’s move forward. We will have a happy new year and a Merry Christmas. Shake! ”
Sam Levin contributed reporting