Pop star Britney Spears on Tuesday continued to address the recent end of a nearly 14-year conservatorship, under which court-appointed guardians made major decisions about her life and finances following a series of bizarre public incidents and brief involuntary psychiatric confinement in the late 2000s.
"OK, so I'm here today to answer all you guys' questions," the multiplatinum Grammy Award winner, 39, said in a two-minute social-media video, "and the first main question that you guys have been asking me is: What am I going to do now that the conservatorship's over with? … I'm just grateful, honestly, for each day and being able to have the keys to my car and being able to be independent and feel like a woman and owning a[n] ATM card, seeing cash for the first time, being able to buy candles. It's the little things for us women but it makes a huge difference. And I'm grateful for that. It's nice. It's really nice."
She assured, "I'm not here to be a victim. I lived with victims my whole life as a child," she said, without explanation. "That's why I got out of my house. And I worked for 20 [sic] years and worked ... ," she said, having actually begun as a 10-year-old singer on "Star Search" in 1992 and then appearing in TV commercials and on the Disney Channel's "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" as a child before launching her music career.
"I'm here to be an advocate for people with real disabilities and real illnesses," Spears continued. "I'm a very strong woman, so I can only imagine what the system has done to those people. … Hopefully my story will make an impact and make some changes in the corrupt system," she accused the process of conservatorships. She thanked fans in the #FreeBritney movement, saying, "I honestly think you guys saved my life, in a way."
In an accompanying caption on her Instagram post, Spears wrote, "I might as well do a hint of my thoughts on the gram before I go and set things square on @Oprah!!!!!," evidently using the famed interviewer's name metaphorically; neither Winfrey nor CBS, where Winfrey's most recent special ran, have stated plans for a Spears interview.
"I do know how embarrassing is to share the fact I've never seen cash or wasn't able to drive my car," she went on, "but honestly it still blows my mind every day I wake up how my family and the conservatorship were able to do what they did to me … it was demoralizing and degrading !!!! I'm not even mentioning all the bad things they did to me which they should all be in jail for … yes including my church going [sic] mother !!!! I'm used to keeping peace for the family and keeping my mouth shut … but not this time … I have NOT FORGOTTEN and I hope they can look up tonight and know EXACTLY WHAT I MEAN !!!!"