Britney Spears’s conservatorship is over | Paul

In an important move to address the structure of conservatorships in US states, Judge Averil Clark of the state of California has ruled in favour of Britney Spears, nullifying her controversial conservatorship and allowing her to go out and live without intrusive supervision.

Spears’s conservatorship was created in 2008 and imposed upon her by her parents Kevin and Lynne when she took to self-medicating with booze and controlled substances in an attempt to deal with personal demons like anxiety and depression. She was kept under a constant watch over 24/7, with her father, father, mother and a management team looking over her head.

The state of California judge, in making his ruling, stated his belief that the celebrity’s post-2007 lifestyle was why her parents were willing to make a fortune by selling off her image to every media outlet within their reach. He also stated that his main task was to put an end to Britney Spears’s suffering as a result of the structure of her conservatorship, and that “her conservatorship is neither constitutional nor legal, and it must be ended”.

The legal decision that the post-2007 Britney Spears is out of control, has been supported by the LA County district attorney, as well as in the attorney Michael Flanagan’s April 2012 report on Britney Spears’s conservatorship. The criticism of Britney’s father for running the superstar like a business is further legitimised when one considers that not only did Britney Spears earn over $45 million from 2007 to 2010, all from the sale of her image, but Kevin Spears also charged upwards of $1.5 million in fees to his youngest daughter.

Britney’s conservatorship recently came under new scrutiny in December 2012 when various members of the public argued that her father had managed her financially to a point that she was living with issues of money worries, essentially missing out on life’s normal things due to her obsession with selling off her image to every media outlet possible. The LA District Attorney’s office opened an investigation into how much money Britney was actually making, and concluded that she was actually earned at least $51 million in 2006 and 2007, and $36 million in 2008.

All of the changes that Britney Spears has gone through in the past decade are so tremendous that many could not argue that she is not ‘normal’ anymore. Many could not argue that her post-2007 lifestyle was when her health was at its worst, when the excesses of the lifestyle were directly related to depression, depression causing addiction and anger management problems.

However, in future generations this judgement will help to show that this is what is needed to better support and implement the needs of mentally ill individuals, instead of forcing them to to live in a space that exacerbates their problems. This ruling also shows that when in the hands of a public figure the limits of their financial implications should be raised, as this is the route that most encourages this destructive type of behavior in the future.

When Britney Spears took to the stage at the 99.5 KILT WKT Charity Golf tournament in Westchester, GA, on 10th January of this year, it took two minutes for her own mother Lynne to burst into tears. This strong showing of emotion by Ms Spears was part of the first real public reaction to what her daughter was going through, something unheard of in recent years. On this occasion, Britney’s mother was overcome by emotion, like many other people were (approximately 75% of the crowd supported Britney, while only 25% had any issue with her choice of clothing). This reaction from her mother shows an essence to her daughter’s struggles, and her comeback, that the court’s decision to end her conservatorship is in the right direction.

“They don’t understand that she has a very severe mental health disorder and doesn’t know how to deal with it”. That is what Lynne Spears said to me recently after hearing about her daughter’s conservatorship being overturned. Another of the few people that have heard from Britney, she told me that “Britney’s always been a huge inspiration to me, and I want to share that with her”.

Lynne Spears’s comments and her coming out of the shadows are a real small triumph for us all, for her daughter, for the other ’emotionally abusive’ celebrity (Madonna) and for those of us who suffer from mental health disorders. The decision to end Britney Spears’s conservatorship is a great way to make a statement about the importance of the rights of the mentally ill to be able to make

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