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Britney Spears vows to keep speaking out: ‘I was told to stay quiet for so long’

Patrick Kelleher July 21, 2021
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Britney Spears has said she won’t be able to “fully move on” until she’s said all she “needed to say” in a heartfelt Instagram post.

In recent weeks, the singer has started to open up about her conservatorship on Instagram and in the courts, detailing publicly for the first time how she feels about the complex legal arrangement that governs her life.

Writing on Instagram on Tuesday (20 July), Britney Spears wrote: “So I said ‘life goes on’ in one of my most recent posts but it’s always easier said than done!”

She continued: “In that moment that’s what felt was the easiest to say but I think we all know that I will never be able to let go and fully move on until I’ve said all I needed to say… and I’m not even close!

“I was told to stay quiet about things for so long and I finally feel like I’m just getting here,” she added, alongside three dove emojis.

 

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Spears’ latest comments come just days after she opened up about her complicated relationship with her family in a series of Instagram posts.

Britney Spears condemned her loved ones for posting publicly about her situation

In one, she hit out at the “people closest” to her “who never showed up” when she needed them the most.

“How dare the people you love the most say anything at all… did they even put a hand out to even lift me up at the TIME!!!???” she wrote.

Britney Spears went on to condemn her loved ones for posting publicly about her situation following her court testimony, writing: “Did you put your hand out when I was drowning?”

The next day, Spears told fans that she won’t be performing on stage as long as her father has a role in her conservatorship.

She also criticised her sister Jamie Lynn Spears in the post, writing: “I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes!”

Spears spectacularly broke her silence during a virtual court appearance in June which saw her speak for more than 20 minutes about her conservatorship.

During that appearance, Spears described the arrangement as “abusive”, suggesting that those involved – including her father Jamie – should be jailed.

She also claimed the conservatorship had denied her the right to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari, adding that she was forbidden from removing a contraceptive device and having more children.

Crucially, Spears also used her court appearance to criticise Samuel Ingham III, the lawyer who was appointed by the courts in 2008 to represent her.

The singer said she never knew she could petition the court to have the conservatorship terminated, adding: “I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that.

“My attorney says I can’t – it’s not good, I can’t let the public know anything they did to me.

“He told me I should keep it to myself really.”

Britney Spears’ new lawyer Mathew Rosengart is taking an ‘aggressive’ approach

Within days, Ingham had resigned as Spears’ court-appointed lawyer. It later emerged that she was in talks with Mathew Rosengart, a Hollywood legal powerhouse and former federal prosecutor whose past clients include Sean Penn and Steven Spielberg.

He was subsequently granted permission by a Los Angeles court to take over Spears’ case.

Speaking to reporters on Monday (20 July), Rosengart said he is moving “aggressively and expeditiously” to have Jamie Spears removed from the singer’s conservatorship.

Spears’ complicated situation has been the subject of speculation for some time, with fans calling for years to have her freed from her conservatorship.

The “Free Britney” movement gained steam for a number of years before The New York Times thrust the singer’s story into the spotlight with the documentary Framing Britney Spears, released earlier this year.

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