Britney Spears announced on Saturday that she would not perform again as long as her father keeps control of her business, adding that the conservatorship she has been under for 13 years has “killed my dreams.”
Her statements, made in a lengthy Instagram post, were the latest in a series of impassioned public comments about the conservatorship that governs her personal and financial affairs and that she has asked to be lifted. “I’m not going to be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad controlling what I dress, say, do, or think,” wrote the Piece of Me singer. “I’d rather post footage from my homeroom than onstage in Vegas…
“I’m not going to put on heavy makeup and attempt again and again on stage, just to be unable to perform the real deal with remixes of my songs for years,” she continued. Jamie Spears, the pop star’s father, has exclusive control of his daughter’s $60 million inheritance thanks to a court-appointed conservatorship he established in 2008. Spears, 39, who has unspecified mental health concerns, had not performed in public since late 2018 when she completed a world tour and a lengthy performance engagement in Las Vegas.
Spears selected a new lawyer last week to defend her in her effort to terminate the conservatorship, which she described as oppressive. “This conservatorship snuffed off my aspirations… Then only I have hope, and hope is the only thing in this world that is difficult to destroy,” she wrote on Saturday. “I didn’t enjoy how the films brought up embarrassing situations from the past… “I’m far over all of that, and I’ve been for a long time,” she continued.
Framing Britney Spears, one of the documentaries, drew attention to the conservatorship and increased widespread sympathy for Spears. It was nominated for two Emmys this week. Spears and her attorney have yet to submit a formal request to terminate the conservatorship. That next court show is scheduled for September 29 in Los Angeles.