In a bombshell claim, Britney Spears has said she wants to have a baby – but her conservatorship has blocked her from taking her IUD out.
On Wednesday (24 June), the singer, once shrouded in secrecy, addressed the complex legal arrangement that controls her affairs publicly for the first time.
She remotely told a Los Angeles probate judge that the people who control her personal affairs have refused to let her get her IUD removed, which activists called “reproductive coercion”.
“I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” Spears said via audio uplink.
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“I wanna be able to get married and have a baby. I was told right now in the conservatorship I am not able to get married or have a baby.”
The “Toxic” hitmaker said she wants to remove the birth control device “so I could start trying to have another baby, but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children”.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, releases copper to stop people with a womb from getting pregnant. Under Britney’s conservatorship, her personal conservators, Jamie Spears and Jodi Montgomery, have the final say on all of her medical decisions.
Spears added, at times speaking hurriedly and breathlessly: “I deserve to have a life. I worked my whole life.
“I deserve to have a two- to three-year break and do what I need to do. I feel ganged up, I felt left out and I feel alone.
“I deserve to have the same rights as anyone does by having a child and a family. Any of those things.”
Spears has two teenage sons, Sam and Jayden, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. She has been dating personal trainer Sam Asghari, 27, for nearly four years and allegedly told probate investigators in 2019 she wanted to start a family with him.
Her father, Jamie, who was then both her financial and personal conservator, blocked her from doing so.
“We stand in solidarity with Britney and all women who face reproductive coercion,” tweeted president of Planned Parenthood Alexis Johnson.
“Your reproductive health is your own – and no one should make decisions about it for you. #FreeBritney.”
Spears’ legal team said that Wednesday’s hearing was, above all, a vital opportunity to put the musician’s voice onto the public record as well as to seek substantial changes to her conservatorship.
Jamie’s legal team issued a statement after the hearing insisting he “loves his daughter very much” and that he “is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain”.
Spears spoke of an arrangement that has deeply curtailed her civil liberties, comparing it to “sex trafficking” before saying she wants to end it for good.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy,” she said as her parents and their lawyers listened on.
“It’s embarrassing and demoralising what I’ve been through, and that’s the main reason I didn’t say it openly,” she added. “I didn’t think anybody would believe me.”
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