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The New York Times Popcast: Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

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Podcast Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/01/arts/music/popcast-britney-spears-conservatorship.html

Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and what might come next.


July 1, 2021, 8:57 a.m. ET

Britney Spears has been living under a conservatorship of her person and her estate since 2008, and in recent years, that arrangement has come under increased scrutiny. Last week, the singer spoke out publicly in a court hearing about her frustrations with the arrangement in a passionate speech that explained how she felt living under other people’s control.

“I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” she said. “You know, fake it till you make it. But now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”

The revelations constituted Spears’s most detailed public statements about the terms under which she lives and works, and in the days since, her father, James P. Spears, — who has largely been in control of the arrangement from the start — filed legal documents calling for an investigation into her claims.

On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about the status of Spears’s conservatorship, the ways it has intersected with her creative work, and the possibilities for her personal and professional future.


Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times’s pop music reporter

Liz Day, senior story editor of “Framing Britney Spears”

Samantha Stark, director of “Framing Britney Spears”

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