For years, the pop star Brittney Spears has been held prisoner and forced to work a grueling schedule as her father and a group of lawyers have totally controlled her life and finances. Despite being a fully functional adult, Spears had most of her legal rights taken away at the height of her fame. When Brittney Spears was in her prime, she was followed everywhere by the media, and this eventually took a major toll on her mental health, a situation that many celebrities face.
She found the situation to become increasingly harmful when she became a mother and was constantly hounded by the press out in public. On several occasions, she lashed out at photographers and members of the press for following her around, but this is not unusual for celebrities.
It is a fairly regular occurrence in Hollywood for cameras to be broken, or for body guards to assault photographers. When her outbursts were making front page news, her father filed for a conservatorship, which gave him full control over her personal and financial life.
Spears has now spent the past 13 years, making music, touring, and doing advertisements, but she has not been able to manage her own money or choose her own schedule. At a hearing in court this week, Spears compared her condition to trafficking.
“I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking. Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them,” she said.
“If I didn’t do any of my meetings and work from eight to six at night, which is 10 hours a day, seven days a week, no days off, I wouldn’t be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule. They always told me I had to do this,” she added.
Brittney Spears has been a source of wealth for her parents since she was a young girl. They took her to audition for Disney and have been benefiting from her success ever since.
In court, Spears also revealed that the conditions of her conservatorship prevent her from getting married or having children. These terms are taken so seriously that she has been forced to take birth control.
“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. It’s enough and it makes no sense at all … I’m done. I want to sue my family, to be totally honest with you,” she said.
“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” she added.
Spears has fought for years to end the conservatorship, despite telling friends and fans that she was OK. It was not until she walked off stage at the start of her Vegas residency that people began to suspect that something could be wrong. Shortly after, she began to make filings in court to have herself released, but her family continued to fight for control over her estate.
The ruling has not yet come in, but public opinion is strongly in favor of having Spears released from the conservatorship.