Britney Spears conservatorship finally ends after 13 years

Britney Spears’ conservatorship has officially terminated, bringing an end to the legal arrangement that has controlled her life for 13 years.

Britney Spears had been under the conservatorship of her dad since 2008. Under the conservatorship, Jamie reportedly had full control over Britney’s personal, financial and medical affairs.

The ruling comes after Spears delivered a blistering statement about the conservatorship in court this June, calling it “abusive” and saying it left her feeling “bullied” and “alone.”

The hearing was the first since her father, Jamie Spears, was suspended from his role as a co-conservator. Spears did not respond to CBS News’ request for comment, though he has repeatedly denied allegations that he mishandled the conservatorship.

At a follow-up hearing in September, her father – who has strenuously denied any wrongdoing – was removed by Judge Brenda Penny from his role.

Now, the judge has decided to end it completely – a decision met by cheers and celebrations outside the court on Friday as supporters became aware.

Judge Penny went on to say that accountant John Zabel, who has served as temporary conservator of Britney’s estate since Jamie was suspended, will stay on the case in a “limited and administrative” capacity until related financial matters are settled. He will retain power to execute estate planning and transfer outside assets into an existing trust for Britney.

Britney took to Instagram to share a video of the crowd outside the courthouse shortly after Judge Penny’s ruling. “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy,” she captioned the post. “I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen.”

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