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Britney thanks fans for constant resilience during #FreeBritney campaign


Britney Spears has thanked her fans for their years of campaigning to have her released from her conservatorship.

An LA judge last week suspended her father’s control of her business affairs, a legal arrangement which had been in place since 2008.

“I have no words because of you guys and your never-ending perseverance in releasing me from conservatorship,” she wrote.

Mathew Rosengart, Spears’ lawyer, stated that he hoped the conservatorship would be fully terminated in November.

Jamie Spears, through his own lawyer, described the ruling as “disappointing.”

“My life is now in that direction!!!!!” wrote the pop star on Twitter. I cried for two hours last night because I know my fans are the best.

“I can feel your hearts and you can feel mine… that much I know is true!!!!”

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Judge Brenda Penny formally ended the conservatorship arrangement the singer has had with her father for 13 years, which was put in place after the singer was treated for mental health issues, during the court hearing in Los Angeles.

“The current situation is untenable,” Judge Penny told the court after the petition was filed, but the conservatorship was not terminated.

She left a separate conservatorship in place with John Zabel, an accountant chosen by the singer’s legal team.

Spears’ lawyers have asked for a new hearing within the next 30 to 45 days to decide whether to end the conservatorship entirely, with Mr Rosengart adding, “Britney does not believe a mental evaluation is necessary, and I certainly do not.”


Noisy demonstrations

The #FreeBritney campaign began shortly after the conservatorship was established, but it gained new traction in 2019 when a group of fans began to seriously question the legal arrangement’s legitimacy.

Fans staged loud protests outside court hearings in the case, and the movement was featured in the February documentary Framing Britney Spears.

Fans were thrilled after the latest court ruling

Last week’s developments elated her supporters, who “celebrated wildly” outside the Los Angeles courtroom when the news broke, according to the Press Association.

A rally was held outside the court, and supporters gathered in London’s Trafalgar Square.


‘Her best interests’

Spears made explosive claims about her father abusing his position earlier this year, which he and his team have repeatedly denied.

Britney Spears alongside her dad Jamie in 2006

In a statement released after the court hearing, Mr Spears’ lawyer stated that he loved his daughter “unconditionally” and had “tried to do what is in her best interests.”

“These facts make yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney,” continued Vivian L Thoreen.

“The court erred by suspending Mr. Spears, appointing a stranger to manage Britney’s estate, and extending the conservatorship that Britney pleaded with the court to end earlier this summer.”

“Regardless of the suspension, Mr Spears will continue to look out for his daughter’s best interests and work in good faith toward a positive resolution of all matters,” the statement said.

On November 12th, a hearing to discuss the termination of the conservatorship has been scheduled.

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