Britney Spears described the termination of a legal arrangement that controlled many aspects of her life for 13 years as “the best day ever”.
“I think I’m going to cry,” she told her 35 million Instagram followers. A judge in Los Angeles ended the conservatism that the 39-year-old singer’s father founded in 2008 with immediate effect on Friday. Her supporters gathered outside LA court to support Spears, who described the guardianship as insulting.
Her father Jamie said earlier that it was “necessary”, but agreed that it was time for her to “take control of her life again”.
“Her life was in shambles and she was in physical, emotional, mental and financial distress,” said attorneys representing Jamie Spears in earlier court applications.
The conservatory had power over her finances and career decisions, as well as major personal matters, such as her visits to her teenage sons and whether she could remarry.
As part of the ruling, Judge Penny said an accountant who served as a temporary guardian should retain certain powers to resolve ongoing financial issues. Spears’ lawyer Mathew Rosengart addressed the crowd outside the court and praised the singer’s “courage” throughout the court hearings. He said he was proud that she “shone a light on conservatism from California to New York”, and that because of her testimony new legislation was passed “to try to ensure that conservatism like this does not happen again”.