On June 18, Spears, in a note on Instagram, wrote “I’m not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think.” She last performed on stage in 2018.
In 2008, at the age of 26, Spears entered into a temporary conservatorship or guardianship with her father, following several media meltdowns. It gave her father, Jamie Spears, control over her financial affairs, estate, and her personal life.
In a recent testimony, Spears urged a Los Angeles court to end the “abusive” conservatorship with her father that she has lived under for 13 years. “I just want my life back,” she said to the court. Spiers‘ request to have her father removed from her conservatorship was later denied.
“This conservatorship killed my dreams … so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill … yet people still try,” Spears wrote on Sunday.
In her post, she also mentioned the documentaries made on her life and said “I didn’t like the way the documentaries bring up humiliating moments from the past … I’m way past all that and have been for a long time.”
The documentaries referred to in the post include the Framing Britney documentary, an “examination of the Free Britney movement by the fans of the pop singer”, released by The New York Times in February 2021. She had previously said that she was “embarrassed” after watching it.
On July 5, while Spears’ long-time manager Larry Rudolph resigned after controversies escalated regarding her ongoing conservatorship, he mentioned that she had expressed an intention to officially retire.