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Britney Spears Thanks The #FreeBritney Movement For Saving Her Life
The pop star spoke via Instagram to fans directly for the first time since a judge ended her 13-year conservatorship on Friday.
Britney Spears used Instagram to share her thoughts on her freedom from her 13-year conservatorship and to thank the people she credits with bringing light to her situation.
"And the #FreeBritney movement: You guys rock, honestly." she said in a two-minute video posted on Tuesday afternoon. "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 awareness of kind of what was going on and delivering that news to the public for so long, you gave awareness to all of them," she added. "I honestly think you guys saved my life."
Spears had previously posted a video to Instagram of her supporters cheering outside the Los Angeles courthouse where a judge ended her conservatorship on Friday, writing, "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".
Her fiancé, Sam Asghari, had posted a video to Instagram last week of the pair vamping to her 2013 song "Work Bitch" and wearing matching #FreeBritney T-shirts which said, "It's a human rights movement." (Spears and Asghari were only able to get engaged as a result of the legal interventions that ultimately ended her conservatorship last week.)
Spears also used her Tuesday video to expand on the idea of continuing advocacy for people subject to conservatorships.
"I'm not here to be a victim," she said. "I'm here to be an advocate for people 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 added. "So hopefully my story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system."
In a comment under the video, she continued to express ire at her family for their role in her conservatorship.
"Honestly 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," she added. "Yes including my church going mother."
The pop star said that, since the end of her conservatorship, she'd been able to obtain her first ATM card, withdraw cash for the first time, have the keys to her car and buy candles.
"I'm just grateful, honestly, for each day," she said. "Being able to be independent and feel like a woman."
She suggested in her comment under the video that she'd be interested in doing a broad, post-conservatorship interview with Oprah Winfrey.