Britney Spears hailed the “best day ever” after her conservatorship was terminated.
It means she has now regained control of her life and career for the first time in nearly 14 years.
At a glance: 5 key points
- The A-list superstar, 39, had been fighting to end the complex legal arrangement she was placed under in 2008 amid substance abuse and mental health issues
- The conservatorship had long outraged the singer’s millions of fans, but pressure to terminate it had built up over the last year as the previously silent Spears brought her grievances into the public eye
- Following its termination on Friday, the singer celebrated on social media and thanked her dedicated #FreeBritney fans who had again gathered outside the court in Los Angeles
- Britney’s dad Jamie had been in control of his daughter’s money but was suspended from that role in September
- Now she is free from the arrangement, Britney is able to marry 27-year-old fiance Sam Asghari, the Iranian-born actor and model she met on the set of a music video in 2016
What’s been said
She tweeted: “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ????”
Spears added the hashtag #FreedBritney.
Over the summer Britney delivered bombshell courtroom testimony alleging the arrangement – which is usually reserved for the very ill or old – was abusive and deprived her of basic human rights such as getting married and having more children.
Spears’s explosive interventions have been key in Friday’s momentous decision.
Brenda J Penny, sitting at Los Angeles Superior Court, listened to 30 minutes of testimony before delivering her decision of termination.
She added two caveats – specifying that an accountant serving as a temporary conservator should retain some powers – but the complex legal arrangement is “effective today… thereby terminated”.
Britney Spears’ lawyer Matthew Rosengart, who was applauded by fans of the singer as he entered the courtroom, ended the hearing by thanking the judge for allowing him to join the case in July.
The decision to end the arrangement closed one of the most controversial chapters in modern pop music history and handed the ‘Toxic’ singer the keys to her estimated 60 million dollar (£45 million) estate.
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