The singer appeared to be in an upbeat mood as she was seen smiling amid controversy over the legal case, that has given father Jamie almost complete control over her life and $60 million fortune for the last 13 years.
Following the shocking court hearing – where Britney revealed for the first time the extent of her misery under the agreement – the pop star jetted off with her boyfriend Sam, 27, posting silly Snapchat videos from a private plane.
The Toxic singer looked happy and relaxed in a white T-shirt and cut off denim shorts, while her personal trainer beau went shirtless and showed off his sculpted physique.
PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Britney Spears smiles in a bikini as she escapes to Hawaii with boyfriend Sam Asghari on Thursday… a day after shocking court hearing over ‘abusive’ conservatorship battle
Paradise: Britney has often told fans that Hawaii is one of her most favorite places in the world to vacation, and the destination also came up in her Wednesday hearing – during her passionate 25-minute appeal to Judge Brenda Penny
Britney has often told fans that Hawaii is one of her most favorite places in the world to vacation, and the destination also came up in her Wednesday hearing – during her passionate 25-minute appeal to Judge Brenda Penny.
At one point during the hearing, Britney claimed that she would be forced to have meetings with therapists – and if she didn’t comply – they would tell her ‘we can’t let you go to Maui on your vacation.’
Britney explained: ‘It’s not okay to force me to do anything I don’t want to do. By law, and this whole team, honestly, I should be able to sue them for threatening me and saying, if I don’t go into these meetings twice a week, we can’t let you go to Maui on your vacation. You have to do what you’re told for this program and then you will be able to go.’
The singer also clearly stated to the judge: ‘I want this conservatorship to end – I truly believe that this conservatorship is abusive.’
Britney’s great escape: The Toxic singer looked happy and relaxed in a white T-shirt and cut off denim shorts, while her personal trainer beau went shirtless and showed off his sculpted physique
Time to relax: After getting everything off her chest in her shocking court hearing, Britney appeared to be ready for a break
After the drama: The pop star jetted off with her boyfriend Sam, 27, to Hawaii on Wednesday, posting silly Snapchat videos from a private plane
Let her go: At one point during the hearing, Britney claimed that she would be forced to have meetings with therapists – and if she didn’t comply – they would tell her ‘we can’t let you go to Maui on your vacation’
‘I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that.
‘I have an IUD (intrauterine device) inside me to prevent me from having a baby.
‘I want to go to a doctor and take it out so I can have a baby but they (the conservatorship) told me no.
‘I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone.’
The status hearing did not hear any petitions, meaning that a decision was not asked for. Judge Penny said that she will set a hearing as soon as possible, so that Britney can make her petition.
Fun in the sun: Britney and her man are enjoying a luxury vacation in Hawaii after her court appearance
Calm after the storm: Britney is now in relaxation mode after shocking the world with her true feelings about the conservatorship
The last time Spears spoke directly to the judge was in May 2019 but the court was closed to the public and her testimony was sealed.
Details of her mental health have never been disclosed.
Spears began her statement with: ‘I have a lot to say, so bear with me. I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time.’
Family plans: Britney has made no secret of the fact that she would like to have another child
Doting: Sam appeared to be keeping a close eye on his loved one while on their trip
Having a blast: In a series of filtered videos, Sam and Britney looked to be in great spirits as they sat next to one another on a private jet
Speaking about her prior music and tour commitments, Spears said she ‘is not here to be anyone’s slave.’
Speaking rapidly by audiolink with LA Superior Court – where dozens of fans and supporters gathered outside chanting ‘Free Britney’ and waving placards saying, ‘We Love You Britney’ – Spears launched an extraordinary attack on her father for his actions as her co-conservator.
Spears is pictured with her father Jamie. The pair have not spoken since August. She has been fighting since last year to lift a conservatorship that he presided over since 2008
Her highly-recognizable voice was still girlish, but on Wednesday is was strong, emotional and so rapid-fire that it was tough sometimes to understand her words.
At times she was tripping over her words, as though she could not wait to let out the obvious frustration and anger she feels over the conservatorship that has ‘enslaved’ her for 13 years.
‘I want changes. I want changes going forward, and I deserve changes,’ she said, at the end of a moving speech to the court.
‘It’s my wish and dream for all of this to end.’
She said: ‘In California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away credit card, cash, phone, passport.
‘The reason I’m telling you this is because I don’t think the state of California can have all this written in the court documents from the time I showed up and do absolutely nothing.’
When a doctor put her on medications, including lithium – she she said made her feel ‘drunk’.
‘My family didn’t do a thing about it. My dad was all for it,’ she said.
When she was put in a $60,000-a-month treatment facility against her will, ‘I cried on the phone to my dad for an hour and he loved every minute of it,’ she said.
She added: ‘My dad and everyone else who has played a key role in my conservatorship should be in jail. They have way too much control.
A court sketch from inside the Los Angeles County Courthouse, with Judge Brenda Penny presiding
‘I don’t drink alcohol but I should, considering what they put my heart through.’
What is a conservatorship?
A conservatorship is a legal concept whereby a probate court appoints a person to manage an incapacitated person or minor’s financial and personal affairs.
It is often a relative.
The terminology and details vary state-by-state, but the general principals are all similar.
The conservator’s duties include overseeing finances, medical care and living arrangements.
In Britney’s case, the conservators also oversee visitation arrangements with her two teenage sons, who are under the full custody of her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
It is most frequently used for someone who is severely mentally incapacitated, or suffering from dementia.
Yet in the 13 years of Britney’s conservatorship, she has released four albums – two of them going platinum; appeared as a judge on both The X Factor and American Idol; and had a four-year residency in Las Vegas that reportedly grossed close to $138 million.
The specific details of Britney’s case have not been revealed.
Unless a judge says otherwise, they still retain rights to make certain decisions, according to the California handbook.
They can control salaries they earn, spend an allowance, retain legal representation, vote in elections, get married, draft their own wills, make medical decisions for themselves and ask a judge to terminate conservatorships or replace their guardians.
‘All conservatees have the right to be treated with understanding and respect and to have their wishes considered. They have all basic human rights, as well, and the right to be well cared for by you,’ the California handbook says.
Britney says that she has not had these rights. It is unclear whether this is a violation of her case, or as agreed.
There are two types of conservators: a conservator of the person, who looks after meals, housekeeping, transport, housing and recreation, and a conservator of the estate who manages finances and protects assets.
Sometimes one person can play both roles.
The conservator of the estate must file periodic activities reports by the first year after their appointment and every two years following, until the relationship is terminated.
The estate managers have to disclose asset values, gains and losses, and show receipts for all expenditures of conservatorship funds. They are also prohibited from borrowing money from the conservatee or lending out their cash.
Many countries have similar systems.
In the U.K. it is called a deputyship. In Britain, however, the court will appoint an independent conservator, rather than a family member.
Speaking so fast she was asked twice by Judge Penny to slow down, the singer talked of being ‘enslaved’ by her father.
‘He made me feel like death, with the depth of what he did to me.
‘I want to end this conservatorship. I don’t want to be evaluated. I have had enough.
‘I don’t want to be in this stupid conservatorship any more. It’s embarrassing and humiliating.
‘I’m not lying. I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. I’m done.’
The troubled singer said she was lying when she told people while she was in the mental treatment facility three years ago that she was happy.
‘When I went there they took everything away from me. They watched me change, naked every single day. I sat in a chair for 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘I am not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, It’s insane. I’m scared by people. I don’t trust people.
‘The conservatorship should end. What state allows people to say, ‘You can’t spend your money unless you do as we say.’
Spears also criticized her mother, Lynne, who, she said, went to spas during the pandemic.
‘But I didn’t go to the spa or have my nails done for a year.
‘My mom sees me like my dad does.’
Britney concluded: ‘I should not be in a conservatorship like this if I can work, provide for myself and provide for other people.
‘I am being told I cannot see my money unless I do what they say … and I am paying them.’
As she ended her speech, Britney told the judge: ‘I wish I could stay on the phone to you forever. Because when I go off this phone the ‘nos’ will start again. No no no.’
After her phone tirade which Judge Penny called ‘courageous,’ her attorney, Samuel Ingham told the court that Spears had not asked her to file a motion to end the conservatorship.
‘But my client directs me to file a petition to end the conservatorship, I will do that.’
Ingham – who was appointed by the court – also said he would willingly step aside if Spears wanted to hire her own attorney, as she indicated during her address to the court.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Vivian Thoreen – responding to Britney’s attack on her father- told Judge Penny in a two-sentence statement that Jamie ‘is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.
She added: ‘Mr Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.’
Judge Penny said she wanted to schedule a new hearing to finalize next steps.
‘There is no petition before the court. A number of those items that Miss Spears brought before the court, we will be discussing, and they do require petitions,’ said Judge Penny.
Earlier, Spears was almost denied access to her own virtual court hearing on Wednesday, after a court clerk failed to recognize her voice on the phone line.
When she rang in, the court clerk was hesitant to admit her to the proceedings.
Asked to identify herself, the singer replied: ‘Oh, me? Britney Spears.’
Wednesday’s hearing drew a large and colorful crowd outside the courthouse in Los Angeles.
Waving home-made signs and placards, fans of the singer demanded that her freedom be restored.
The #FreeBritney campaign is a grassroots movement started by fans of the singer, who feel that her 13-year-long conservatorship battle should now come to an end – and that Britney should regain autonomy over her life and affairs.
Returning to her Instagram account after the hearing, Spears is apologized for ‘pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years’ on social media in wake of her recent bombshell testimony, where she admitted to being ‘traumatized’ by the conditions of her ongoing conservatorship.
‘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,’ she wrote on Thursday.
Along with her own text, Spears included a photo of a child running through a field with the Albert Einstein quote: ‘If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.’
Spears began Thursday’s lengthy post by recalling how her mother Lynne would ‘always [pretend] like everything was ok’ for the sake of her and her siblings growing and how she drew upon that practice in her adult life.
‘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,’ she wrote.
‘I think that’s what we all strive for !!!! That was one of my mother’s best traits … no matter how sh***y 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,’ she stressed.
Referring to Wednesday’s bombshell testimony, Britney wrote: ‘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!!!!
She went on to admit that ‘pretending that I’m ok has actually helped’ her mental well being and that she ‘decided to post this quote today because by golly if you’re going through hell.’
Spears continued: ‘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.