Having been denied freedom for thirteen years, pop star Britney Spears is now free. For a few months now, the 39-year-old singer appealed to the court to end the conservatorship that has tethered her since 2008. On Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled to end the conservatorship with no need of undergoing a mental health evaluation.
Britney Spears was not in attendance during Friday's court hearing but has conveyed her delight to her 35 million followers on Instagram. "I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!!". Spears has described the result as the best day of her life. Spears' lawyer Mathew Rosengart spoke to the spectators outside the courthouse about his admiration for Spears' "courage" for the duration of the hearings. He also thanked the #FreeBritney movement which was also paramount to the termination of the legal arrangement.
Fans of Britney who were spectating outside shouted cheers and tossed pink confetti upon hearing the news. Some even danced and sang to her hit song "Stronger." "I'm shaking," Leanne Simmons, a fan and one of the organizers of the #FreeBritney movement, said shortly after the decision. "It still hasn't sunk in to hear those words, 'The conservatorship has been terminated.' Britney is a free woman." Celebrity and businesswoman Paris Hilton—who is a friend of Spears— showed her support and glee on Twitter as she wrote the "moment is so long overdue", adding: "Your best days are yet to come!" Spears fiancé who is her personal trainer Sam Asghari, wrote on his Instagram, "History was made today. Britney is Free". A conservatorship is used for people who cannot make their own decisions and was put in place because of concerns about her mental health. Britney was put under conservatorship in 2007 due to a year of her unpredictable ways of behaving—such as shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella. She was then hospitalized for undisclosed mental health issue. The conservatorship had governed her life. It left her in no control over her finances and career decisions. It also restricted her decisions on personal matters. Addressing the court in June, she said she had been drugged and forced to perform against her will, and is prohibited from visiting her sons. Even the decision of whether she can remarry or have more children is being controlled as well. She believed the conservatorship was an “oppressive and controlling tool against her,” Britney's fans have stated their vexation over the prolonged conservatorship of the pop star. Genuinely concerned that the singer herself desired to be free, the fans launched the #FreeBritney movement, making use of social media to convey awareness to the discordance of the conservatorship. But, the end result of the conservatorship came into being, most importantly, because of Spears’ "courage" and efforts to free herself from the conservatorship's clutches.