Britney Spears battles to take back control of her life and fortune

This episode first aired on our global news podcast Today in Focus.

Britney Spears shot to global fame in 1998 with her hit single Baby One More Time, released when she was 17. It was the first of a string of hits that made her a millionaire many times over. But the rapid rise came not without cost for her personal life. A mental health crisis led to a very public breakdown, and in 2008 she was placed under a a conservatorship which, overseen by her father, took control of her finances and many of her personal affairs.

The Guardian’s deputy music editor, Laura Snapes, tells Rachel Humphreys about growing up as a fan of Britney and following her career with increasing concern for her wellbeing. The Guardian’s US correspondent Sam Levin describes the courtroom hearing last week in which Britney Spears pressed her case for having the conditions of her conservatorship lifted.

This week a judge ruled he would be rejecting an earlier petition from the singer’s lawyers to remove her father from the conservatorship.

Britney Spears Trial, Los Angeles, California, USA - 23 Jun 2021<br>Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock (12166958e)
Fans and supporters of Britney Spears gather outside the County Courthouse in Los Angeles, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, during a scheduled hearing in Britney Spears' conservatorship case. Pop singer Britney Spears urged a US judge on June 23, to end a controversial guardianship that has given her father control over her affairs since 2008. ''I just want my life back. It's been 13 years and it's enough,'' she told a court hearing in Los Angeles during an emotional 20-minute address via videolink.
Britney Spears Trial, Los Angeles, California, USA - 23 Jun 2021

Photograph: Ringo Chiu/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

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