The #FreeBritney era is over and the #FreedBritney era has begun.
On Friday, the singer won her legal battle to end the conservatorship that’s controlled her life for the last 13 years when Los Angeles judge Brenda Penny ruled in her favor, ending the conservatorship effective immediately, according to the New York Times.
The 39-year-old singer had been under the conservatorship since 2008, with her father, Jamie Spears, in charge of her health and financial decisions for most of that time (he was removed from the role in September). Earlier this year, Britney spoke out in court about the conservatorship, which she described as “abusive,” and pleaded with Judge Penny to end the arrangement.
“Basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” Britney explained (per CNN) during a 23-minute speech in June that included, among other things, claims that her conservators wouldn’t allow her to remove her IUD, in spite of her desire to have more children. “I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three year break and just you know, do what I want to do.”
Following Britney’s emotional speech to the court, she was granted the right to hire her own lawyer (she had been forced to use court-appointed counsel throughout most of the conservatorship) and she took steps to formally request that the conservatorship be terminated. On Friday, that work paid off.
“The conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is no longer required,” Judge Penny said in a ruling that, according to the New York Times, came less than half an hour into the hearing. “The conservatorship is hereby terminated.”
Britney responded to the news on Twitter, sharing a clip of her fans celebrating the victory outside the courthouse in Los Angeles.
“Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!!” she captioned the video. “Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ???? #FreedBritney.”
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 🙏🏼☀️🙌🏼 ???? #FreedBritney
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears)
After news of Britney’s victory broke, several celebrities spoke out to show their support for the singer.
I’m so happy that this day has finally come. This moment is so long overdue. @BritneySpears is finally free!!! ✨💫😱🤩🥰 You’re the most resilient, kind and inspiring soul. We all love you so so much! Your best days are yet to come! 💕 #FreedBritney ✨ pic.twitter.com/yIkhWeDQZe
— Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton)
FREE AS A🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊🕊.
— Cher (@cher)
OH MY GOD!!! oh my god. You guys freed Britney!!!! 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥
But NOW we have to protect her from the paparazzi and tabloid media who are determined to drive her back into this same mess, by harassing and stalking her. We have to now PROTECT BRITNEY. https://t.co/Rifd2prnir
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil)
— Andy Cohen (@Andy)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Britney deserves to be free. ❤️
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler)
— Tara Reid (@TaraReid)
So happy for Britney Spears! #freedom
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow)
🎉 I will see you all at @DOCNYCfest tonight. However, today is also a day to celebrate the liberation of Britney Spears. 🎉
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick)
Britney is gonna have the best life ever now!!! 😭💞🥳 what a woman and what a resilient soul.
— Marina (@MarinaDiamandis)
Aly & AJ
Fans are incredible. Fans LITERALLY helped #FreeBritney
Never underestimate people who care ♥️
— Aly & AJ (@alyandaj)
You did it Britney. 🥲
— Shea Couleé (@SheaCoulee)
So to sum up: A court decided Britney should be free, and a grand jury decided Bannon should be arrested.
Some faith restored!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei)
BRITNEY IS FUCKING FREE!!!!!!!
TODAY WILL BE GREAT.
BETTER THAN GREAT.
WE LOVE YOU BRITNEY AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FUCK THE SYSTEM AND FUCK JAMIE SPEARS!!!
THE QUEEN HAS PREVAILED AHHHHH
— CANCELLED (@tanamongeau)
Luann de Lesseps
— Luann de Lesseps (@CountessLuann)