Britney Spears broke her silence in a court hearing regarding her court-ordered conservatorship that has been in place for nearly 13 years.
Spears requested to address Judge Brenda Penny to speak out about the arrangement. The singer attended the hearing virtually by phone. Spears spoke more than 20 minutes as she read from a letter.
Spears said, “A lot has happened since two years ago, the last time I was in court. I haven’t been back to court because I didn’t feel I was heard.”
Spears went on to say that she felt she had been forced to go on tour in 2018 and perform in Las Vegas during her residency.
After she announced her hiatus publicly, Spears said on Wednesday that she was put on lithium against her will.
“It’s a strong drug. You can go mentally impaired if you stay on it longer than 5 months. I felt drunk, I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. They had me with six different nurses.”
Lithium is commonly used to treat bipolar disorder, which often causes episodes of depression and mania, a feeling of uncontrolled irritability or excitement. It can also be used to treat depression. In court today, Spears did not mention any possible medical condition.
She criticized how her family, including her father Jamie Spears, has handled her conservatorship and responded to her concerns about her care.
“My family didn’t do a God damn thing,” she said. “Anything I had to do, [my dad] was the one who approved all of it. My whole family did nothing.”