Britney Spears shares new allegations about conservatorship: ‘My family threw me away’ | Britney Spears


Britney Spears shared – then deleted – a 22-minute voice message revealing new allegations about the 13 years she spent under a conservatory that controlled almost every aspect of her life. “They threw me out — that’s how I felt, my family threw me out,” she said.

On February 1, 2008, Spears was involuntarily placed under guardianship by her father, Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew M Wallet, after the singer had been erratic in public for months. Spears claimed the action that led to the appointment was simply “in a British accent against a doctor prescribing my medication … three days later there was a Swat team at my house, three helicopters”.

She described the “extent of my madness” as “playing chase with paparazzi, which to this day is one of the most fun things I did to be famous, so I don’t know what was so damaging about that”.

She claimed the arrangement was “all premeditated” and said – apparently referring to Lou M Taylor, Spears’s former corporate manager and the figure who gave Jamie Spears the idea of ​​conservatorship – “a woman introduced the idea to my Dad and my mom really helped him keep going and made it all happen”. Taylor has denied any involvement in the founding.

“There was no drugs in my system, no alcohol, nothing. It was pure assault and I haven’t even shared half of it,” Spears said.

The Guardian has reached out to Jamie Spears’ representatives for comment.

In response to the tape, Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with a lengthy caption in which she insisted she had tried to help her daughter. “Britney, all your life I have done my best to support your dreams and wishes! And also, I did my best to get you out of trouble! I have and will never turn my back on you! Your rejections of the countless times I’ve flown out and phone calls make me feel hopeless! I have tried everything. I love you so much, but this conversation is just for you and me, face to face, private.”

Spears said she was put to work immediately after being in the hospital for two weeks when she was “completely traumatized”, filmed a TV show and began work on her 2008 album Circus.

“All I remember is that I had to do as I was told. I was told I was fat every day, that I had to go to the gym… I never remember feeling so demoralized… they made me feel like I was nothing and I joined because I was scared.”

Britney Spears performed in Las Vegas in February 2016. Photo: Denise Truscello/BSLV

In 2013, Spears began a residency in Las Vegas. She has previously said she was only paid a stipend of $2,000 a week for a four-year run of shows that earned £138 million.

In the new note, she complained that her dancers were allowed to have fun on nights out when she had to live under her father’s rules, describing it as “this conspiracy event of people treating me like a superstar, yet treating me like nothing.” .

During the residency, she said she had come up with a plan with a man she was in a “secret relationship” with to get her out of the country.

It was working on her ninth album, 2016’s Glory, when Spears said she was “starting to get a spark back”.

“I think with confidence comes relief, which makes you think better, and that’s the last thing they wanted me to do – really get better. Because who would be in control then? But it was really hard, because I I just had to play this part that everything was always okay and I had to go with it because I knew they could hurt me.”

However, she claimed that she was then forced to go on tour. During a rehearsal, as she previously claimed in her June 2021 testimony at a conservatory court hearing, she refused to accept a new choreography. “The next day I was told to be sent to an institution and to say on my Instagram that the reason is that my father is sick and I need treatment.”

When she protested with her father, she claimed he told her, “Now, you don’t have to go, but if you don’t go, we’ll go to court and there’ll be a big trial and you’re going to lose. I’ve got a lot more people on my side than you. You don’t even have a lawyer. So don’t even think about it.”

At this point in her life, Spears said she “kind of stopped believing in God…I didn’t know how they could let 40 people leave my house every day and let me work from 8 to 6 at night, be seen every time I changed in the shower, no privacy, no door, nothing… I couldn’t even smoke cigarettes. People on death row can smoke cigarettes.”

Protesters of the #FreeBritney movement outside the Los Angeles court where Spears testified.
Protesters of the #FreeBritney movement outside the Los Angeles court where Spears testified. Photo: Etienne Laurent/EPA

She claimed the noise from the growing #FreeBritney movement meant the facility owner had to let her go. “The whole thing that made it really confusing for me is that these people are fighting for me in the street, but my sister and my mother don’t do anything. To me it was like they secretly liked, frankly, that I was the bad one, like I was confused and they liked it so much. Otherwise why didn’t they stand at my door and say, ‘Girl, let’s get in the car, let’s go?’

In January, Spears reprimanded her sister Jamie Lynn Spears for selling a memoir “at my expense”. Jamie Lynn replied: “It’s gotten tiresome when conversations and texts we have in private don’t match what you post on social media. I know you’re going through a lot and I never want to diminish that, but I can’t belittle myself either.”

When she got home, she said she found two people to help her with therapy — unlike the kind she claimed to be undergoing at the facility. “Why therapy when it’s coerced and in a militant, almost prison-like way?”

She stopped talking to her father. “Finally I think they just knew I wasn’t going back.” Prayer and the opportunity to hire her own attorney, Mathew Rosengart, got her through it, she said. Previously, attempts to hire a lawyer through her own phone were thwarted, she said, as her phone was tapped and it would be removed from her.

Spears’ guardianship was terminated by a judge in November 2021. Since the dissolution, Spears has been married to her long-term boyfriend, Iranian-American actor Sam Asghari. Under the terms of the conservatory, she was not allowed to marry or arrange her own contraception, she told the court.

Spears said she turned down the opportunity to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about her experiences. “Being rewarded for telling your story, I think it’s a bit silly,” she said. She also said that she had been afraid of the judgment of others and was ashamed. She could now share her story, she said, because she had become more confident.

She was referring to Hold Me Closer, her new duet with Elton John released on August 26. “I now have an amazing song with one of the most brilliant men of our time, and I am so grateful.

“But if you’re a weird, introverted eccentric, like me, who often feels alone, and you needed to hear a story like this today so you don’t feel alone, then know this: My life is far from easy, and you’re not the only one.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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