Britney Spears has shared – then deleted – a 22-minute voice note revealing new allegations about the 13 years she spent under conservatorship which governed almost every aspect of her life. “They dumped me – that’s how I felt, my family dumped me,” she said.
On February 1, 2008, Spears was involuntarily placed under conservatorship by her father, Jamie Spears and attorney Andrew M Wallet after the singer displayed erratic behavior in public for several months. Spears claimed that the action behind the arrangement was simply speaking “in a British accent to a doctor to prescribe my medication…three days later there was a Swat team at me, three helicopters”.
She described the “extent of my madness” as “playing paparazzi chase, which is still to this day one of the most fun things I’ve done to be famous, so I don’t know what who was so harmful about it”.
She alleged the arrangement was “entirely premeditated”, and said – apparently referring to Lou M Taylor, Spears’ former business manager and the figure who allegedly introduced Jamie Spears to the idea of conservatorship – “a wife pitched the idea to my dad and my mom actually helped follow through and make it all happen.” Taylor has denied any involvement in creating it.
“There were no drugs in my system, no alcohol, nothing. It was pure abuse and I didn’t even really share half of it,” Spears said.
The Guardian has contacted representatives for Jamie Spears for comment.
In response to the tape, Spears’ mother, Lynne Spears, posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with a lengthy caption insisting she tried to help her daughter. “Britney, all your life I’ve done my best to support your dreams and wishes! And also, I tried my best to help you out of trouble! I have never turned you and will never turn my back on you! Your denials of the countless times I’ve flown and called make me feel hopeless! I have tried everything. I love you so much, but this conversation is for you and me only, eye to eye, private.
Spears said she was put to work straight after being hospitalized for two weeks when she was “completely traumatized”, filming a TV show and starting work on her 2008 album Circus.
“All I remember is that I had to do what I was told. I was told I was fat every day, that I had to go to the gym… I can’t remember feeling so demoralized… they made me feel like nothing and I agreed because I was scared.
In 2013 Spears began a residency in Las Vegas. She previously said she only received a $2,000-a-week stipend for a four-year run of shows which brought in £138million.
In the new note, she lamented that her dancers were allowed to have fun on nights when she had to live by her father’s rules, describing it as “this conspiracy of people treating me like a superstar but yet they treated me like nothing “. .
During the residency, she said she hatched a plan with a man she had a “secret relationship” to get her out of the country.
He was working on his ninth album, 2016’s Glory, when Spears said she “started to find a spark again.”
“I think with confidence comes enlightenment, which makes you think better, and that’s the last thing they wanted me to do – it was actually be better. Because then, who would be in control then? But it was really tricky because I just had to play this role that everything was fine all the time and I had to accept that because I knew they could hurt me.
However, she claimed that she was then forced to go on tour. During a rehearsal, as she previously alleged in her June 2021 testimony at a conservatorship hearing, she refused to accept new choreography. “The next day I was told that I had to be sent back to a facility and that I was supposed to say on my Instagram that the reason was that my father was sick and I needed treatment.”
When she protested to her father, she claimed he told her, “Now you don’t have to go, but if you don’t, we’ll go to court and there will be a big lawsuit and you will lose. I have many more people by my side than you. You don’t even have a lawyer. So don’t even think about it. »
At this point in her life, Spears said she “kind of stopped believing in God… I didn’t know how they could get 40 people out of my house every day and have me work 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. evening, being seen every time I changed in the shower, no privacy, no door, nothing… I couldn’t even smoke cigarettes. Death row inmates can smoke cigarettes.
She claimed the noise made by the growing #FreeBritney movement meant the owner of the establishment had to let her out. “All that really baffled me was that these people were fighting for me on the streets, but my sister and my mother weren’t doing anything. To me, it was like they secretly, honestly, loved that I’m the bad guy, like I’m screwed up and they like it that way Otherwise why weren’t they outside my door saying, ‘Little girl, let’s get in the car, let’s go y?”
In January, Spears berated her sister Jamie Lynn Spears for selling a memoir “at my expense.” Jamie Lynn replied: “It’s gotten exhausting when the conversations and texts we have in private don’t match what you post on social media. I know you’re going through a lot and I never want to diminish that, but I can’t diminish myself either.
When she returned home, she said she found two people to help her with her therapy – unlike the one she claimed she was subjected to at the facility. “Why do therapy when it’s forced and in a militant, almost prison-like way?”
She stopped talking to her father. “Well, I think they knew I wouldn’t go back.” Prayer and the ability to hire her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, helped her through this ordeal, she said. Previously, attempts to hire a lawyer through her own phone were thwarted, she said, because her phone was tapped and it would be taken away from her.
Spears’ conservatorship was terminated by a judge in November 2021. Since its dissolution, Spears has married her longtime boyfriend, Iranian-American actor Sam Asghari. Under the terms of the guardianship, she was not allowed to marry or manage her birth control herself, she told the court.
Spears said she turned down the opportunity to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey about her experiences. “Getting paid to tell your story, I feel like it’s kinda silly,” she said. She also said that she was afraid of others’ judgment and being embarrassed. She could share her story now, she said, because she had become more confident.
She mentioned Hold Me Closer, her new duet with Elton John released on August 26. “I have an amazing song right now with one of the brightest men of our time, and I’m so grateful.
“But if you’re a weird, introverted eccentric, like me, who feels lonely most of the time, and you needed to hear a story like this today so you wouldn’t feel lonely, know this: my life has been far from easy, and you are not alone.