Pop star Britney Spears spoke out Wednesday against what she described as an "abusive" conservatorship that has given her father control over her life since 2008, and asked for it to end.
"I just want my life back. It's been 13 years and it's enough," Spears told Judge Brenda Penny at a hearing during a 20-minute address via videolink as fans rallied outside the courtroom.
Spears opposed the control that her father exercises over all public and private aspects of her life by a 2008 court order after a period of erratic behavior.
The 39-year-old said her father controlled her "100,000 percent. He loved it," adding she was "traumatized."
"I've lied and told the whole world 'I'm okay. And I'm happy.' It's a lie. I thought I just maybe [have] said that enough. Because I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatized," she said. "I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm so angry. It's insane. And I'm depressed. I cry every day."
Spears spoke of having little control over her life during these 13 years, in which she has not had the freedom to speak to the press, give interviews, marry or start a family with her boyfriend.