Britney Spears’ long ordeal appears to be over.
A judge in Los Angeles, California, ruled on Friday that the conservatorship under which the pop star has lived since 2008 would end, giving her the right to make her own medical, financial, and personal decisions.
“I think I’m going to cry the rest of the day”
Judge Brenda Penny declared: “As of today, the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is hereby terminated.”
Many of her fans gathered outside the courtroom to dance to her hit song Stronger while celebrating the decision with chants of “Britney!”
Using the hashtag “FreedBritney,” Spears weighed in on the news with a social media post after leaving the courtroom.
“Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy!!!” she wrote. “I think I’m going to cry the rest of the day!!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen???”
This week’s decision has been a long time coming, sparked by a months-long crusade by Spears and her supporters to bring an end to her father’s control over her career and personal life.
“I just want my life back”
During a hearing in June, Spears called the 13-year arrangement “abusive,” declaring: “I just want my life back.”
She was subsequently allowed to hire her own attorney, Matthew Rosengart, who helped navigate an end to the conservatorship without the court unnecessarily prying into her mental state.
As an interim step, her father James Spears was removed from his controlling position in the arrangement. At that time, a judge cited the “toxic environment” he had created in his daughter’s life.
The accusations she made against her father included the forced use of an intrauterine device for birth control and pressure to take part in concerts she did not want to perform. Fans responded by spreading a “Free Britney” message far and wide.
Although Spears has achieved her primary goal, Rosengart indicated that further legal action could be forthcoming to address alleged financial mismanagement on her father’s part. The attorney also wants law enforcement to investigate claims that James Spears placed a listening device in her daughter’s bedroom.