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Britney makes first speech since court hearing

Britney Spears on stage
Britney Spears on stage Image credit: buzzfeednews.com

Britney Spears has made her first public statement since making a 24-minute testimony in court earlier this week involving a thirteen-year conservatorship.

Since 2008 her father, Jamie Spears, took control of the singer’s business and personal affairs whilst Spears was suffering a mental health breakdown.

On Wednesday, June 23, Britney told a LA Superior Court hearing she had “lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy” while under conservatorship. “But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

In the testimony Britney called her father “ignorant” and “should be in jail”.

Spears has now apologised for “pretending like I’ve been OK the past two years”, and admitted she hid what was really going on in her life “because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me”.

The Hit Me One My Time singer posted the message on her Instagram page to ensure fans she was in good health and happy despite the recent hearing.

She wrote underneath an image of a girl holding a teddy bear and a quote from Albert Einstein about fairy tales…

“I just want to tell you guys a little secret … I believe as people we all want the fairy tale life and by the way I’ve posted … my life seems to look and be pretty amazing … I think that’s what we all strive for !!!! That was one of my mother’s best traits … no matter how shitty a day was when I was younger … for the sake of me and my siblings she always pretended like everything was ok.

“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,” she continued, “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 !!!!!”

In response to Britney’s conservatorship Planned Parenthood president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said: “We stand in solidarity with Britney and all women who face reproductive coercion. Your reproductive health is your own — and no one should make decisions about it for you.

“Every person should have the ability to make their own decisions about their bodies and exercise bodily autonomy.”

Britney Spears was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.