Activists, Celebs Rally to #FreeBritney After Her Heartbreaking Testimony

"I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system."

Britney Spears is begging a judge in Los Angeles to free her from a longstanding conservatorship that has granted her father full control of her life, and LGBTQ+ Twitter users and fellow celebrities have her back.

On Wednesday (June 23), the beloved pop singer gave a rare and gut-wrenching testimony detailing how the 13-year conservatorship has “traumatized” her. As The New York Times reports, Spears’s father, James P. Spears, was granted legal authority over Britney’s life in 2008 after she was involuntarily hospitalized for mental health issues. More than a decade later, the conservatorship is still in place, meaning Britney has virtually no autonomy in her day-to-day life.

During her emotional, uninterrupted 20-minute statement, Britney spoke at length about how her father has used his legal authority to keep her heavily medicated, compel her to work against her will, and force her to keep her IUD inserted, preventing her from having any more children. “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she told the court. “I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”

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#FreeBritney activists rally outside the courtroom during Wednesday’s hearing.

The fan-led movement to #FreeBritney from her conservatorship has been ongoing for years and reentered the cultural zeitgeist after the premiere of the documentary Framing Britney Spears earlier this year. But Britney’s testimony on Wednesday marked a turning point in how the 39-year-old singer has publicly discussed the matter.

“It’s embarrassing and demoralizing what I’ve been through, and that’s the main reason I didn’t say it openly,” she added. “I didn’t think anybody would believe me.”

Needless to say, Britney’s LGBTQ+ fans across social media believe her and are standing with her as she battles to end the conservatorship.

Britney also got messages of support from fellow celebrities, including Mariah Carey, Halsey, and even her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

“Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system,” Halsey tweeted on Wednesday. “She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today.”

Find a transcript of Britney’s full testimony here.

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