Britney Spears has thanked supporters of the fan-led “Free Britney” campaign for “saving her life” in an emotional Instagram video.
The pop star’s controversial 13-year conservatorship was officially terminated last week.
During that time, Britney’s father Jamie controlled all aspects of her life, from her finances to her health to her career.
The singer described the arrangement as “abusive” in June and a Los Angeles judge officially terminated it on Friday.
For several years prior, fans and supporters of the singer campaigned for her welfare and freedom in the #FreeBritney movement.
They regularly held Free Britney rallies outside the courthouse. When the judge ruled in Britney’s favour on Friday, a crowd cried, sang, and danced outside.
In a new Instagram video, Britney thanked them for “knowing what was going on” and said she “honestly thinks” they saved her life.
“You guys rock,” she said.
“My voice was muted and threatened for so long and I wasn’t able to speak up or say anything.
“And because of you guys and the awareness of kind of knowing what was going on and delivering that news to the public for so long, you gave an awareness to all of them.
“I honestly think you guys saved my life … 100 percent.”
Britney Spears also said she wanted to “answer … the first main question that you guys have been asking me is, ‘What am I going to do now that the conservatorship is over with?’”
“I’ve been in a conservatorship for 13 years. It’s a really long time to be in a situation you don’t want to be in,” she began.
“I’m just grateful, honestly, for each day.
“Being able to have the keys to my car and being able to be independent and being a woman.
“Owning an ATM card and seeing cash for the first time. Being able to buy candles.
“It’s the little things for us women but it makes a huge difference. And I’m grateful for that.”
Britney Spears wants her story to change ‘corrupt system’
Britney Spears explained she now wishes to become an advocate for those with “real disabilities and real illnesses.”
“I’m a very strong woman so I can only imagine what the system has done to those people,” she said.
“So hopefully my story will make an impact and make some changes for the corrupt system.”
In the video’s caption, the singer wrote she wanted to share “a hint of my thoughts on the gram before I go and set things square on @Oprah… I mean who knows…”
“It still blows my mind every day I wake up how my family and the conservatorship were able to do what they did to me,” she wrote.
“It was demoralizing and degrading… I’m not even mentioning all the bad things they did to me which they should all be in jail for.”
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