Singer Britney Spears has been freed from her conservatorship following a ruling Friday from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny.
The court decision follows months of legal maneuvers and calls from Spears' legion of fans to #FreeBritney.
Here's what happened today in Los Angeles:
- More than a decade in the making: After 13 years, Spears' conservatorship is over. Penny ended the court-ordered arrangement during a hearing on Friday. Her ruling follows a tumultuous, lengthy, and highly publicized legal battle between the singer and her father, Jamie Spears, who was suspended as her conservator in September. He had held the role since 2008, overseeing his daughter’s estate and controlling much of her personal and professional life.
- Spears thanks her fans: Spears shared a video of her fans celebrating in the streets. "Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever … praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ????" Spears wrote on Instagram.
- A "monumental" day: Spears' attorney held a news conference following the termination of her conservatorship today after a ruling from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny. "As of today, effective immediately, the conservatorship has been terminated as to both the person and the estate," attorney Mathew Rosengart said outside the courthouse. "This is a monumental day for Britney Spears." In terms of Spears' future, Rosengart said: "What's next for Britney, and this is the first time this could be said for about a decade, is up to one person, Britney."
- Spears' fiance celebrates: Spears' fiancé Sam Asghari just posted a solid pink square on Instagram with the word "FREEDOM." "History was made today. Britney is Free!" Asghari wrote in the caption.
- "Safety net" set up: Addressing the court, Rosengart said a "safety net" will be in place for Britney Spears' finances and personal care after a Los Angeles judge terminated her conservatorship Friday. Assets will now be transferred from Spears' temporary conservator to the singer's trust, the judge said. A medical evaluation will not be required for Spears, according to the judge.
- Crediting the #FreeBritney movement: Rosengart praised the #FreeBritney movement in helping to lead to the suspension of the singer's father as her conservator. "It's been a lot of hard work, it's been intense. I'm proud, Britney's proud," Rosengart said during a news conference after a hearing in late September. "I think the support of the #FreeBritney movement has been instrumental. To the extent that it allowed my firm to carry the ball across the finish line, I thank them as well."