An emotional Britney Spears said she planned to ‘cry all day’ after her controversial conservatorship was finally terminated and she regained control of her life and career for the first time in nearly 14 years.

The pop superstar, 39, had been fighting to end the complex legal arrangement she was placed under in 2008 amid substance abuse and mental health issues.

The conservatorship had long outraged the singer’s millions of fans, but pressure to terminate it had ratcheted up over the last 12 months as the previously silent Spears brought her grievances into the public eye.

As the end of the legal agreement was read out in court, Britney and her fiancé Sam both took to social media to share their emotional responses.

They joined legions of fans and celebrity supporters around the world in reacting to the news, that has caught huge press attention in recent years.







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Britney said she was going to cry all day after hearing the news she’d been waiting on for years
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Breaking her silence for the first time, Britney wasted no time in thanking her loyal #FreeBritney fans who had again gathered outside the court in Los Angeles for the hearing.

“Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ????” she tweeted.

Acknowledging the movement, she added the the hashtag #FreedBritney.







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


She took to Instagram to share a number of snaps of her smiling at the camera
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Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


The singer also took time out to thank fans of the Free Britney Movement who have supported her over the years
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She later returned to Instagram to share a slew of pictures of her posed up outside her home wearing a green crop top and white shorts.

The singer followed this up with a wordless and captionless video of her smiling into the camera lens.

Britney’s husband-to-be Sam Asghari also took to social media to share his joy.

He shared a simple image of the word ‘Freedom’ on a pink background and wrote alongside it: “History was made today. Britney is free.”







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Britney’s partner Sam said ‘history had been made’ with the ruling
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Celebrity pals of Britney also joined in the celebrations.

Taking time out from her recent wedding, Paris Hilton – who was known for partying with Britney in the 00s – tweeted to say she was ‘so happy this day has finally come.

“You’re the most resilient, kind and inspiring soul. We all love you so so much! Your best days are yet to come!” she told her pal.




Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace posted a throwback photo of her and Spears, along with the message: “Freedom is a human right. My heart is smiling for you, Britney. Congratulations on your regained and deserved emancipation.”

While music legend Cher tweeted ‘Whoa she’s free. Free as a bird” followed by a series of cake and ice cream emojis.

Olly Alexander from band Years and Years declared Friday’s Freedom day the ‘best day ever’.

“We love you so much Britney,” he added.




The news came after Britney delivered a bombshell courtroom testimony alleging the arrangement – which is usually reserved for the very ill or old – was abusive and deprived her of basic human rights such as getting married and having more children.

Spears’s explosive interventions have been key in Friday’s momentous decision.

Brenda J Penny, sitting at Los Angeles Superior Court, listened to 30 minutes of testimony before delivering her decision.

She added two caveats – specifying that an accountant serving as a temporary conservator should retain some powers – but the complex legal arrangement is “effective today… thereby terminated”.

Judge Penny cited California law as she made her decision and there was no dissent among the parties inside the packed courtroom or joining virtually – which included Spears’s parents, father Jamie and mother Lynne.







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Jubilant fans celebrated outside the Los Angeles court
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John Zabel, a certified public accountant, was appointed temporary conservator in September and retains two basic powers.

He is able to transfer assets to the Spears estate and execute “supplemental” decisions on its behalf. Spears’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart, who accepted the arrangement was “a little bit unusual”, said it was for his client’s “financial and personal wellbeing”.

Mr Zabel’s lawyer called his abilities “very limited administrative powers”.

Lawyers for Jodie Montgomery, the conservator of Spears’s personal affairs, have filed a termination plan under seal to help with her transition to full independence.

Lauriann Wright, Ms Montgomery’s lawyer, told the court there is no reason Spears cannot live a “safe, happy and fulfilling life”







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Britney’s father Jamie Spears said he agreed that the conservatorship should come to an end after 14 years
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Mr Rosengart, who was applauded by fans of the singer as he entered the courtroom, ended the hearing by thanking the judge for allowing him to join the case in July.

News of the termination was met with wild celebrations by the dedicated #FreeBritney supporters who made their regular pilgrimage to gather outside court for the hearing.

The decision to end the arrangement closed one of the most controversial chapters in modern pop music history and handed Spears the keys to her estimated 60 million dollar (£45 million) estate.

Spears was also granted her wish to be freed without the need for a psychiatric evaluation, which she made clear she was against.

The judge’s decision was the culmination of years of public and private legal wrangling from multiple parties who faced allegations they did not have Spears’s best interests at heart.

Jamie had been in control of his daughter’s money but was suspended from that role in September, much to Spears’s delight.







Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Britney previously said she wouldn’t perform again while the legal arrangement was in place
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The court heard their relationship had disintegrated and she saw him as a major obstacle between her and a return to living a normal life.

The conservatorship has also led to a breakdown in Spears’s relationship with her family.

Jamie, 69, was crucial in the conservatorship’s formation in 2008, arguing his daughter could no longer look after herself.

She had disintegrated in the public eye and in 2007 infamously shaved her own head. Spears lost custody of her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

However, as the conservatorship continued year after year, fans began to query how a global pop powerhouse was able to perform to packed-out arenas if she was incapable of looking after herself day-to-day.






Britney Spears' sobs at conservatorship termination as fiancé declares 'history is made'


Britney lashed out at her father in a bombshell court testimony this summer



Jamie, who was an inconsistent presence in his daughter’s early life and who has struggled with alcohol issues, faced accusations he was financially benefitting from the conservatorship.

His lawyers argued it was his smart management that saved the singer from financial ruin.

A decisive moment in the conservatorship came in July when Judge Penny allowed Spears to hire her own lawyer after more than a decade of having a court-appointed representative.

Mr Rosengart, a high-power Hollywood litigator, took over and quickly made good on his promise to take a more aggressive approach.

He accused Jamie of attempting to extort his daughter and is calling for a forensic financial audit of the conservatorship.

Following Mr Rosengart’s bulldog-like approach to the case, Jamie called for the conservatorship’s immediate termination.

He said his daughter has shown she was able to look after herself.

However, Mr Rosengart has questioned Jamie’s motive’s for wanting the conservatorship to end and accused him of attempting to avoid scrutiny.

Jamie has also denied bugging his daughter’s conversations, an accusation that sparked further outrage from Spears’s supporters.

A new legal fight now looks set to begin.

Jamie replaced his former legal team with Alex Weingarten, a lawyer who specialises in the issues that may be imminent.

And Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, the former business managers of Spears, have fought back against Mr Rosengart’s calls for a forensic look into their involvement in the conservatorship.

Now she is free from the arrangement, Spears is able to marry 27-year-old fiance Sam Asghari, the Iranian-born actor and model she met on the set of a music video in 2016.

The next hearing in the case is set for December 8.


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