Britney Spears has revealed she received a letter inviting her to speak to Congress about her controversial conservatorship which sparked the #FreeBritney movement.
“I received this letter months ago…An invitation to share my story…I was immediately flattered and at the time I was nowhere near the stage of recovery I am in now “Spears, 40, wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. with a photo of the letter dated December 1, 2021.
The “Toxic” singer wrote that she was “grateful” that her experience was “even RECOGNIZED” and that the letter gave her validation.
“I felt heard and like I mattered for the first time in my life!!!” she explained.
Spears said the awareness was particularly significant given her estrangement from her family, who placed her in conservatorship in February 2008 and allowed her to continue for nearly 14 years while the pop star raked in millions of dollars. .
“In a world 🌎 where your own family goes against you, it’s actually hard to find people who understand and empathize 🤷♀️🙄!!!!” she wrote. “Again, I’m not here to be a victim although I’ll be the first to admit that I’m pretty screwed up by it all… I want to help others in vulnerable situations, take life by the balls and be brave 💪!!!”
She continued: ‘I wish I was…I was so scared and nothing is worse than your own family doing what they did to me…I’m lucky to have a small circle lovely friends I can count on… In the meantime, thank you Congress for inviting me to the White House.
The letter, signed by Congressmen Charlie Crist and Swalwell, congratulated Spears and her attorney, Mathew Rosengart, on their victory in ending the pop star’s conservatorship in November 2021.
“There is no doubt that your story will empower countless others beyond the millions already inspired by you and your art,” the letter reads. “Know that you have absolutely no obligation to do anything but fight for yourself, but if you wish, we would appreciate hearing more about the emotional and financial turmoil you have faced within the system of guardianship.”
Representatives added that they were particularly “concerned” that a Los Angeles judge was appointing an attorney for Spears’ case early in the conservatorship rather than allowing her to choose her own. (She ultimately retained Rosengart in July 2021.)
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, served as her top curator for more than a decade before she was suspended in September 2021, three months after testifying in court that the legal arrangement was ‘abusive’ and controlled every aspect of her life.
Since being released from guardianship and regaining control of her estate, Britney has launched several tirades against members of her family, including her mother Lynne Spears and sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
New York Post