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For the first time, ever, Britney Spears is speaking at a hearing regarding her longstanding conservatorship, which drew worldwide attention when the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears aired. The superstar has been under a court-ordered conservatorship since 2008, though the public was never given a reason why. According to CNN, her parents, Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears, referred to Britney as "an adult child in the throes of a mental health crisis" back in February 2008. During the trial, which had #FreeBritney supporters gathering outside the Los Angeles County's Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Spears said the conservatorship extended to her body, stating that she was not allowed to have additional children, get married, or even take out her IUD.
"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," Spears said during the hearing. "I wanna be able to get married and have a baby." She went on to explain that under the current arrangement, she is not allowed to see her friends, have her boyfriend drive her, and to grow her family and get married.
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"I deserve to have a life. I worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two- to three-year break and do what I need to do," she said, noting that she had more to say, but knew that her team would reprimand her after the call. "I feel ganged up, I felt left out and I feel alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anyone does by having a child and a family. Any of those things."
Though Spears stated that she wanted her fans to know what happened at the trial, a representative for Spears requested that her care plan, which would include her medical history and mental health assessments, be sealed. The judge in the case added that Spears was brave to share her story and assured her that the legal system would be cooperative with both Spears and her legal team's requests.
"I've told the world I'm happy and OK," Spears added. "I'm traumatized. I'm not happy, I can't sleep."
Spears's legal team insisted that today's hearing was a chance for her wishes to be put into the public record and that the next steps, which include Spears's request for changes in her therapy scheduling and her health plan, be proactive in helping Spears gain more control over her life.