Britney Spears is finally free.
The pop megastar’s conservatorship was terminated Friday by a Los Angeles judge who agreed the singer is now capable of being in control of her $60 million estate and the circumstances that led to the restrictive legal arrangement in 2008 no longer apply.
“In this case the court finds that this was a voluntary conservatorship and there’s no need for a capacity declaration,” Judge Brenda Penny said during the afternoon hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, meaning Spears wouldn’t have to testify.
Britney’s dad Jamie Spears had been booted from his role as conservator in late September, with Judge Brenda Penny saying that having him at the helm of his daughter’s estate was “untenable” and reflective of a “toxic environment.”
Penny agreed to let certified accountant John Zabel take over as Spears’ conservator while the star’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, prepared to try to terminate the arrangement altogether.
Over the summer, the 39-year-old Grammy winner broke her silence on the conservatorship for the first time in 13 years and gave two days of dramatic testimony where she called the arrangement “abusive” and said it’d been used to “ruin” her life.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. It’s a lie,” Spears said during the explosive June hearing as she called for her father to be jailed.
“I thought just maybe if I said that enough, maybe I might become happy because I’ve been in denial,” Spears said. “I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it till you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth.
“It’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end.”
Britney’s fiancee, Sam Ashgari, shared a video early Friday of them both smiling in “#FreeBritney” T-shirts, and earlier this week, Spears wrote about the upcoming hearing in an Instagram post.
“This week is gonna be very interesting for me!” Spears wrote in the post.
“I haven’t prayed for something more in my life!”
Spears’ parents first moved to implement the conservatorship, which prevented the “Toxic” crooner from having any control over her personal and financial affairs, during her high-profile breakdown and mental-health crisis in 2008.
Her parents have since agreed that the arrangement is no longer necessary. In September, Jamie Spears moved to terminate the conservatorship before he was booted, but Rosengart fought against it, arguing the beleaguered dad was just trying to avoid getting deposed and having to hand over years of revealing documents in the case.
While planning to end the conservatorship, Rosengart’s goal has been to expose the alleged abuse, and possible financial mismanagement, that Spears endured under her father’s control.
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