For more than a decade, Britney Spears has been under a strict conservatorship that basically dictates her life — and now, she’s finally getting the chance to speak out. During her court hearing Wednesday, Britney revealed she’s not allowed to remove her IUD, even though she wants to have another baby.
For the past 13 years, Britney has been under the conservatorship of her dad as well as professional guardians.
Though fans have sensed that something was off for a long time (hence the #FreeBritney movement) it has always seemed like Britney was OK, due in large part to her upbeat, if not erratic, social media posts.
But now that Britney was able to give a statement in her own words during her hearing, we have a far better look into the reality of the situation, and it doesn’t sound as if Britney’s been given any kind of freedom to make her own decisions at all for much of her adult life.
One of the biggest bombshells Britney dropped during her hearing was about birth control.
Though she hasn’t spoken of this publicly before, apparently Britney had an IUD implanted against her will, even though she dreams of starting a family with boyfriend Sam Asghari.
"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," she said, via Us Weekly. "I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told with the conservatorship I was not able to get married and have a baby."
She went on to say that she’s been advised that she’s not allowed to get married or have a baby.
"I wanted to take the [IUD] out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children — any more children. So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," Britney said, via Newsweek.
Right now, Britney is mom to two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline: Sean Preston, 15, and Jayden James, 14.
Britney also shared that living under her conservatorship has been "traumatizing."
"I’ve lied and told the whole world ‘I’m OK and I’m happy.’ It’s a lie. I thought I just maybe if I said that enough maybe I might become happy, because I’ve been in denial," she said.
"I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. You know, fake it till you make it. 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."
She added that until now, she tried to keep how she felt quiet, because she thought people wouldn’t believe her or might make fun of her, but the time to speak up has finally come.
Here’s hoping Britney will be able to find justice after all of this.
Though Britney has had the chance to speak her piece, the judge hasn’t announced a decision one way or the other just yet. Hopefully, now that her words are out there, she’s one step closer to living the life she wants and to have the freedom to make her own choices that she’s asking for.