Britney Spears shared a candid video addressing the end of her guardianship after 13 years, in which she discussed her hopes for the future and called out some family members for their involvement in the arrangement.
Last week, a judge ruled to end the guardianship Britney had been under since 2008 – which saw her father and other parties control her finances and other parts of her personal life – in a victory for the chart-topping singer and the #FreeBritney movement.
After celebrating her “amazing” first weekend off, Britney posted a video about her situation, saying she “might as well take a hint of my thoughts. [on social media] before going to put things back in place on Oprah ”.
“The main question you ask yourself is: what am I going to do now that the guardianship is over? Britney began. “I’ve been in the guardianship for 13 years… it’s a very long time to be in a situation you don’t want to be in.
“So I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day and for being able to have the keys to my car, and being able to be independent and feel like a woman. And owning an ATM card, seeing cash for the first time. Being able to buy candles… it’s small things for us women, but it makes a huge difference. And I am grateful for it. It’s good, it’s really good.
She continued: “I am not here to be a victim… I am here to stand up for people with real disabilities and real illnesses. I’m a very strong woman so I can only imagine what the system has done to those people.
“I hope my story will have an impact and make some changes to the corrupt system.”
Turning her attention to those involved in the #FreeBritney movement, Britney said, “You guys are rock. My voice was muffled and threatened for so long, and I wasn’t able to speak or say anything. And because of you guys and the awareness and kind of knowing what’s going on, and getting this news out to the public for so long… I think you saved my life, a. certain way.
Sharing the same video on her Instagram page, Britney explained: “I know how embarrassing it is to share the fact that I never saw cash or couldn’t drive my car… but honestly it still amazes me every day i wake up how my family and guardianship got to do what they did to me… it was demoralizing and degrading !!!!
“I’m not even talking about all the bad things they’ve done to me that they should all be in jail for… yes including my mother who goes to church !!!!
“I’m used to keeping the peace for the family and keeping my mouth shut… but not this time… I haven’t FORGOTTEN and I hope they can look up tonight and know EXACTLY WHAT I WANT !!!!”
After remaining almost silent on guardianship for 13 years, Britney first exposed her legal situation in a public hearing earlier this year.
The Grammy-winning star called the arrangement “abusive” and made a series of allegations, including that she was forced to be on birth control when she wanted to have a baby with her. fiancé Sam Asghari and was prescribed lithium against his will.