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Britney Spears hoping to be released from 13-year conservatorship


Britney Spears’ conservatorship, the legal arrangement that has controlled many aspects of her life since 2008, could be ended by a judge later.

The pop star, 39, has asked a court to end the guardianship, which her father established 13 years ago.

She has called it “abusive,” and supporters of the #FreeBritney campaign are expected to gather outside the Los Angeles court.

Her father has said it was “necessary”, but has agreed it is now time for her “to re-take control of her life”.

“I haven’t prayed for anything more in my life,” the Baby One More Time and Toxic singer told her 35 million Instagram followers on Monday. I’m sorry for saying some things on Instagram in anger, but I’m only human… and I believe you’d feel the same way if you were me!”

It is unclear whether she will appear in court in person on Friday or speak with the judge over the phone, as she did in June. After she told the court that the arrangement had “traumatised” her, her father agreed to step aside.

She went on to say that she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will, and barred from marrying or having more children.

A conservatorship is used for people who are unable to make their own decisions and was imposed due to concerns about her mental health.

Judge Brenda Penny of the Los Angeles County Superior Court will hear the request to end it, which is not opposed by any of the parties involved.

Fans celebrated when Spears’ father was suspended as conservator in September

However, the formal termination may be postponed if the judge decides Britney Spears should undergo a mental health evaluation, which is a common step before terminating a conservatorship. Other medical, legal, or financial stumbling blocks could also stall the process.

Another hearing has been scheduled for December 8 to address any outstanding financial issues.

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