Britney Spears broke her silence in court where she publicly testified for the first time against her father and his control over her assets and her life. NBC News’ Guac Venegas reports from outside the courthouse.
US pop star Britney Spears has launched a blistering attack on the "abusive" conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.
She said she was traumatised and cried every day, telling a judge in Los Angeles: "I just want my life back".
Spears, 39, also said she had been denied the right to have more children and was put on the psychiatric drug lithium against her wishes.
Her father was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008.
The order was granted after the star was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health, and it has been extended for more than a decade since.
The special hearing on Wednesday was the first time Spears has spoken in open court about her case. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny thanked Spears for her "courageous" words during the proceedings.
It followed much speculation about the pop star's situation, with fans eagerly combing her social media output for clues. A fan-led movement, known as #FreeBritney, has campaigned for her legal freedom for years.
But a long legal process is likely before any decision is made on ending the conservatorship, the Associated Press reports.
'I deserve to have a life' Spears delivered an impassioned address which lasted for more than 20 minutes. After launching into her speech, she was asked by the judge to slow down and later said she wished she could stay on the phone "forever" to avoid returning to her life where she was surrounded by people who said no to her.
Spears told the court she wanted the conservatorship to end and described the arrangement as "embarrassing and humiliating". Referring to past Instagram posts, the singer said: "I've lied and told the whole world I'm okay and I'm happy.
"I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatised," she said. "I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm so angry it's insane. And I'm depressed. I cry every day."
Spears, a mother of two, said she wanted to marry her boyfriend and have another baby, but the conservatorship would not allow her to. She accused her conservator of stopping her from having a contraceptive intrauterine device (IUD) removed so she could get pregnant.
"I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone," she told the court. "I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does, by having a child, a family, any of those things."
Spears said she felt "forced" to tour by her management. She said she spoke out against going straight onto a Las Vegas residency, and her therapist was falsely told she was not co-operating or taking her medication.
She alleged she was then put on the drug lithium - a common medicine for bipolar disorder - against her wishes and it had made her feel drunk and unable to converse.
Spears said it was her belief that the conservatorship was doing her "way more harm than good" and said she "honestly didn't know" she could petition for the arrangement to end.
The full extent of why the court order was extended has never been made public. But Spears has maintained a public career, including a Las Vegas residency and a stint as an X-Factor judge, leading many to question the validity of the arrangement.
On Thursday, a post shared to Britney Spears' Instagram seemingly shared her thoughts following the impassioned speech she gave about her conservatorship the day prior.
The post read, ‘I apologize for pretending like I’ve been OK the past two years.’ Adding, ‘I did it, because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me.’ Around the same time, boyfriend Sam Asghari posted videos of them together seemingly on board a private plane and having fun with video filters.