Since 2008, Britney Spears has been under the legal custody of her father, Jamie Spears, who has said the superstar is unable to take care of herself due to mental problems.
Jamie has total control over all the singer's decisions, from her finances, projects and love life. But finally, on Thursday, Aug. 12, he announced he would be leaving the legal conservatorship of his daughter, and putting an end to the legal battle surrounding it.
Britney's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, said they celebrate that "Mr. Spears and his attorney have admitted in a statement that he must step down."
However, the father has not said when he will leave the legal conservatorship or the management of assets, valued at more than $60 million. He also assured that there is no reason to remove it immediately.
"The conservatorship made no sense from its inception. I pay people to control me. I've been working since I was 17 and this custody is an abuse," the singer said.
During this Summer, Britney moved her audience on social media with a devastating testimony that begged her father to release her from the conservatorship. Her fans went viral with the hashtag #FreeBritney to make the artist's reality known all around the globe.
Among the demands imposed by her father, it was said that Britney was forced to visit a psychiatrist three times a week. On one occasion Mr. Spears forced her into a mental health facility as a punishment for complaining at a rehearsal, and on another, he forced her to perform a concert against her will.
One of the most devastating stories came from his control over her love life.
"I want to get married and have a baby, but I have an IUD so I can't get pregnant," she said.
Britney has wanted to get married to her current boyfriend, but has not been able to because her father is the only one who can make decisions about her health, including a birth control visit to the gynecologist.
During the last hearing held in July, as the pop star said she wanted to press charges against her father for "abuse of conservatorship" and called the 13-year agreement "fucking cruelty."