On June 23, Britney Spears shocked the world by revealing her first and most revealing public statement about living in a conservatorship-controlled nightmare.
For the past 13 years, the pop star has had almost everything about her personal and professional life dictated by the conservatorship. “I’m not happy, I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day,” she told the court in her explosive statement, as quoted by Vice.
Reports now say that just hours before she spoke to the court, Spears called 911 to report that she was suffering conservatorship abuse, according to The New Yorker.
Although 911 calls made in California are usually accessible, the record of Spears’ call is currently sealed because of an ongoing investigation.
After she made the 911 call, members of Spears’ legal team frantically started sending text messages to each other. They were worried about what the singer might say the next day in court.
The next day, as scheduled, the 39-year-old singer spoke to the court and revealed the trauma she’s been experiencing under the conservatorship. “Somebody’s done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said.
“I feel like it should be an open-court hearing—they should listen and hear what I have to say” she added. There were moments during her statement where she was speaking so fast that the judge asked her to slow down so errors in the transcription could be avoided.
Spears added, “The people who did this to me should not get away.”
The singer also directly spoke to the judge and said, “Ma’am, my dad, and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no—Ma’am, they should be in jail.”
Conservatorships are usually ordered by the court in cases where the individual is unfit to take care of themselves. In Spears’ case, her conservatorship in 2008 was put in place following an immensely public breakdown and ongoing struggle with mental health issues.
However, as the years passed, Spears came back to the limelight and continued bringing in millions of dollars through her music career. Since her conservatorship began, Spears put out four albums and rocked the stage during a global tour. Yet, her conservators, who are also profiting from the money she brings in, still maintain that she needs to be controlled.
One of her conservators is none other than her father, Jamie Spears, who reportedly called her “fat,” a “whore,” and a “terrible mother” just after her conservatorship began, according to Page Six.
This one time, “Jamie said, ‘Baby,’ and I thought he was going to say, ‘We love you, but you need help,'” recalled Jacqueline Butcher, a former friend of the Spears family, according to The New Yorker.
“But what he said was ‘You’re fat. Daddy’s gonna get you on a diet and a trainer, and you’re gonna get back in shape,'” Butcher added.
Butcher also said, “He would get all in her face—spittle was flying—telling her she was a whore and a terrible mother.”
According to The Guardian, a Los Angeles judge denied a request to remove Spears’ father from her conservatorship on June 30; however, this decision was reportedly not directly connected to the bombshell statement she gave just a few weeks prior. The next hearing has been scheduled for July 14.