Britney Spears has recalled how her father, Jamie, tauntingly declared ‘I’m Britney Spears now’ after he was controversially appointed as the conservator of her finances and personal life in 2008.
In her bombshell memoir, The Woman in Me, the 41-year-old singer has shared heartbreaking new details about the way in which her every action was monitored during the 13-year conservatorship, arguing that nothing she had done prior warranted her being ‘treated like [she] was a bank robber’.
In excerpts obtained by The New York Times, the mother-of-two revealed that her unfair treatment, which saw her being looked after like she was ‘too sick’ to make basic decisions but ‘somehow healthy enough’ to continue working non-stop, made her realize that she was simply regarded as a ‘cash flow’ for her family.
Britney also claims that her father threatened her with court if she didn’t agree to another stint in rehab in 2018, and said she would look like an ‘idiot’ if she refused.
Britney Spears has recalled the way in which her father Jamie Spears tauntingly stated ‘I’m Britney Spears now’ after he was controversially appointed as her conservator in 2008
In her bombshell memoir, The Woman in Me, the 41-year-old singer shared new details about how her every action was monitored during the 13-year conservatorship (pictured in 2018)
Recalling the early days of her conservatorship, she wrote: ‘Too sick to choose my own boyfriend and yet somehow healthy enough to appear on sitcoms and morning shows, and to perform for thousands of people in a different part of the world every week.
‘From that point on, I began to think that he saw me as put on the earth for no other reason than to help their cash flow.’
Elsewhere, the popstar once again claimed that the decision to put her into the controversial guardianship was made by her father, now 71, with support from her mother Lynne, 68, and a business manager, Louise (Lou) M. Taylor.
Lou Taylor, 58, has continually denied allegations that she was the mastermind behind the decision, while Jamie has always insisted his decisions were an effort to protect his daughter from financial exploitation.
Jamie took control of his eldest daughter’s life and finances after some highly publicized mental health struggles which included her famously shaving her head.
It began as a temporary arrangement, but became permanent by the end of 2008.
Looking back at her lifestyle, Britney stated: ‘I know I had been acting wild, but there was nothing I’d done that justified their treating me like I was a bank robber… Nothing that justified upending my entire life.’
She revealed how she was forced to take ‘prepacked medication’ and treated like a child who couldn’t function for themselves.
‘I went from partying a lot to being a total monk,’ she wrote. ‘Security guards handed me prepackaged envelopes of meds and watched me take them. They put parental controls on my iPhone. Everything was scrutinized and controlled. Everything.’
Britney, who has sons Sean, 18, and Jayden, 17, with her ex Kevin Federline, previously revealed in court she had been forced to use birth control and take medication against her will.
Jamie, 71, was in charge of Britney’s 13 year conservatorship, which the singer has said controlled her every action
Britney claims she was treated with no other purpose than to provide her family’s ‘cash flow’ (Pictured in January 2006 with her father, brother Bryan and mother Lynne)
During one court appearance, she told the judge: ‘Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, and my management, who played huge roles in punishing me when I said “No [to going on tour] — Ma’am, they should be in jail”.’
She claimed for many years that she did everything in her power to push back against the conservatorship so that she could be given more freedom and autonomy.
However, she claims it was always ignored, hidden or minimized. Recalling one TV appearance in which she desperately tried to raise the alarm, she said: ‘I even mentioned the conservatorship on a talk show in 2016, but somehow that part of the interview didn’t make it to the air. Huh. How interesting.’
The star kept on fighting as much as she could behind-the-scenes, claiming the situation came to a head in 2018 when she was forced to spend more than three months in rehab following disputes with her father.
She recalled how it started with her having to undergo mental health evaluations which led to the claim that she needed to go for treatment at a $60,000-per-month Beverly Hills rehab.
‘My father said that if I didn’t go, then I’d have to go to court, and I’d be embarrassed,’ the Circus singer stated, adding that Jamie also allegedly threatened to make her look like an ‘idiot’ if she failed to co-operate.
While she was at the facility, the singer was prescribed lithium – a mood stabilizing medicine usually reserved for the treatment of certain mental illnesses, such as mania, hypomania and bipolar disorder.
Much like the star has revealed in the past year, she was completely stripped of any freedom.
The hitmaker slammed the fact she was deemed well enough to work, but not well enough to control her personal life
Britney also claims Jamie, pictured previously with now ex-wife Lynne in 2012, forced her into rehab in 2018
‘They kept me locked up against my will for months. I couldn’t go outside. I couldn’t drive a car,’ she recalled. ‘I had to give blood weekly. I couldn’t take a bath in private. I couldn’t shut the door to my room.’
Thankfully, her stay at the rehab provided the opportunity for her to learn about the viral #FreeBritney movement that had been gathering momentum.
Reflecting on how she felt when a nurse showed her clips created by her fans, Britney stated: ‘That was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen in my life. I don’t think people knew how much the #FreeBritney movement meant to me, especially in the beginning.’
However, there was one element about the movement that the singer did not enjoy – the countless documentaries being made about the situation.
She said ‘it felt like every day there was another documentary about me on yet another streaming service’.
She admitted: ‘Seeing the documentaries about me was rough. I understand that everyone’s heart was in the right place, but I was hurt that some old friend spoke to filmmakers without consulting me first.’
Britney added that a key issue she had with the projects was the fact that ‘there was so much guessing about what I must have thought or felt’.
After 13 years of fighting, Britney was officially freed from the conservatorship in November 2021.
The Woman In Me and its accompanying audiobook are set to be released on October 24
The singer shared that her biggest relief came from the knowledge that her father no longer had control in her life.
She explained: ‘I felt relief sweep over me. The man who had scared me as a child and ruled over me as an adult, who had done more than anyone to undermine my self-confidence, was no longer in control of my life.’
She said she has been left with both physical and emotional damage as a result of more than a decade of mistreatment.
‘Migraines are just one part of the physical and emotional damage I have now that I’m out of the conservatorship,’ she wrote. ‘I don’t think my family understands the real damage that they did.’
Britney made headlines in regards to her father a year ago, when she posted on Instagram: ‘I hope he burns in f***ing hell’
Britney made headlines a year ago when she eviscerated her father on Instagram writing: ‘I really felt like my dad was trying to kill me and I hope he burns in f***ing hell.’
Jamie has kept a relatively low profile since he was suspended as the head of the conservatorship in September 2021, a move made permanent two months later.
However, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that he was living with his youngest daughter Jamie Lynn Spears following a stint in rehab for alcoholism.
The Woman in Me will be released with an audio version, narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams.
Britney has recorded a small portion of the book and avoided narrating chapters discussing her family due to the content being ‘too painful to retell,’ TMZ recently reported.
Britney is the third member of her family to release their own autobiography.
Her mother penned Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame And Family In A Tabloid World in 2008 and her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, published Things I Should Have Said last year.
The Woman In Me and its accompanying audiobook are set to be released on October 24.