Pop star Britney Spears has launched a blistering attack on the “abusive” conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.
She broke her silence in a court hearing on Wednesday, telling a judge in Los Angeles: “I just want my life back”.
Spears, 39, also said she felt she had been forced to perform, was given no privacy and was made to use birth control, take medication and attend therapy sessions against her will.
She was also put on Lithium despite her objection as the medication makes her feel weak and taking Lithium over the months can cause mental impairment, depression and mania.
Britney Spears criticized how her family, including her father Jamie Spears, has handled her conservatorship and responded to his concerns about her care.
Her father was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008.
The order was granted after the star was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health, and it has been extended for more than a decade since.
She said she has expressed her frustration about her medical care and management of her career to her dad but that she felt like he “loved” the control he had over her.
“I never had a say in my schedule. They always told me I had to do this,” Spears said. Spears also addressed why she has not brought up these issues on social media.
Britney Spears pleaded with judge to take her concerns seriously.
The special hearing on Wednesday was the first time Spears has spoken in open court about her case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny thanked Spears for her “courageous” words during the proceedings.