Britney Spears, the American pop singer, on Monday announced that she is pregnant. The announcement comes months after the end of her conservatorship, which gave her father control over both her personal and professional life.
“I lost so much weight to go on my Maui trip only to gain it back. I thought “Geez, what happened to my stomach ?” My husband said “No, you’re food pregnant silly!” So, I got a pregnancy test and uhhhhh well, I am having a baby. Four days later I got a little more food pregnant. It’s growing! If two are in there. I might just lose it,” she wrote on her Instagram.
In her post, she also mentioned that she will not be going out as much because of the paparazzi, while citing that during her previous pregnancy she had “perinatal depression,” which is characterised by mood disorders during pregnancy and after giving birth.
“I have to say it is absolutely horrible that women didn’t talk about it, back then. Some people considered it dangerous if a woman complained like that with a baby inside her, but now women talk about it every day. Thank Jesus we don’t have to keep that pain a reserved, proper secret. This time I will be doing yoga every day! Spreading lots of joy and love!” she further shared.
In November 2021, the singer’s 13-year long conservatorship with her father Jamie Spears came to an end, after years of legal battle.
39-year-old Spears had been in what she termed an “abusive” conservatorship with her father since 2008, following the singer’s public meltdowns during her divorce and custodial battle with Kevin Federline. The arrangement gave her father complete control over her financial affairs, estate, and her personal life, and she had fought a lengthy court battle to end it.
In June 2021, during one of the hearings in the case, Spears addressed her own trauma over the years, directly to the judge in a 24-minute speech, which was live-streamed.
She spoke about her mental health, the therapy and medical treatment she had taken, and how she was monitored and looked after by six different nurses and psychiatrists, who had put her on high doses of medication that had impacted her health.
It was during this hearing, that Spears mentioned that she had gotten an Intrauterine Device (IUD) to prevent pregnancy, which she had wanted to take out but was not allowed to, at the time. She also mentioned that she was not allowed to get married or pregnant, as per the terms of her conservatorship.
“So, basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she had said.
Two months before the conservatorship ended and just days after her father had filed a petition to end the legal arrangement, Spears had announced her engagement to long-term partner Sam Asghari through social media, in September.