Updated, Thursday, June 24, 2021: Britney Spears has released a new statement to fans on social media to explain why she's given mixed messages over her ongoing conservatorship case.
In an Instagram post where she shared a quote from Albert Einstein, the 'Toxic' singer explained that she'd tried to keep up appearances that she was happy for a variety of reasons.
She wrote to fans: "I’m bringing this to peoples attention because I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because IT’S DEFINITELY NOT AT ALL … and if you have read anything about me in the news this week 📰 … you obviously really know now it’s not !!!! I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years …
"I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me … but honestly who doesn’t want to capture there Instagram in a fun light 💡🤷🏼♀️ !!!! Believe it or not pretending that I’m ok has actually helped … so I decided to post this quote today because by golly if you’re going through hell …
"I feel like Instagram has helped me have a cool outlet to share my presence … existence … and to simply feel like I matter despite what I was going through and hey it worked … so I’ve decided to start reading more fairy tales."
Spears' conservatorship case is due back in court in July.
Original: Britney Spears has spoken for the first time in her ongoing conservatorship case.
The pop star addressed the Los Angeles court directly on Wednesday (June 23), appearing remotely due to COVID-19 protocols.
Spears has been under the legal conservatorship for 13 years with her father Jamie Spears controlling many aspects of her life, including her finances.
Entertainment Tonight reports Britney told the court: "Ma'am, I'm not here to be anyone's slave," adding that while she was still performing: "I wasn't good, I was GREAT."
Referencing her recent social media posts, she said: "I've lied and told the whole world I'm okay and I'm happy. It's a lie. I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatised. Fake it 'til you make it, but now I'm telling you the truth, OK? I'm not happy."
"I'm so angry I can't sleep, and I am depressed," Britney added. "I want to be heard... I want changes and I want changes going forward. I deserve changes.
"I have an IUD in my body right now that won't let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out," Britney added in her testimony on Wednesday (June 23). "I feel ganged up on. I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone.
"I want to be able to get married and have a baby."
Britney continued: "I just want my life back, it's been 13 years and it's enough.
"It's enough and it makes no sense at all... I'm done. I want to sue my family to be totally honest with you."
"I want to be able to hand pick my own lawyer," she added. "The main reason why I'm here is because I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated."
Spears' conservatorship has garnered immense media attention in recent years, following the #FreeBritney movement, started by her fanbase.
Earlier this year, two documentaries about her conservatorship were released, Hulu's Framing Britney Spears, and the BBC's The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship.
In May, Spears addressed the documentaries on Instagram, telling fans: "So many documentaries about me this year with other people's takes on my life… what can I say, I'm deeply flattered!"
Spears then added: "These documentaries are so hypocritical… they criticize the media and then do the same thing?"
She continued: "I don't know y'all but I'm thrilled to remind you all that although I've had some pretty tough times in my life I've had way more amazing times in my life [but] unfortunately my friends I think the world is more interested in the negative."
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