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    • A life-size cardboard cutout of Britney Spears is seen as fans and supporters gather outside the County Courthouse in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2021, during a scheduled hearing in Spears' conservatorship case.
    • This courtroom sketch shows Judge Brenda J. Penny presiding over participants, virtually appearing on a screen, during the hearing of Britney Spears' guardianship case in the Los Angeles County Courthouse.
    • Gabriela Ruiz holding a sign protests in support of pop star Britney Spears.
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    • Fans and supporters of Britney Spears hold placards as they gather outside the County Courthouse in Los Angeles.
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    • A cut-out of Britney Spears outside the court.
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    A life-size cardboard cutout of Britney Spears is seen as fans and supporters gather outside the County Courthouse in Los Angeles, California on June 23, 2021, during a scheduled hearing in Spears' conservatorship case.

    Since 2008, the 39-year-old star's finances and personal life have been managed by her father, Jamie Spears, following her public breakdown more than a decade ago.

    On 23 June, US pop singer Britney Spears asked a judge to end a controversial guardianship under which her father has controlled her affairs during the past 13 years.

    "I just want my life back. It's been 13 years and it's enough," she said during an emotional address via videolink at a court hearing in Los Angeles.

    The singer, who has two children, told the judge the details of the legal arrangement, which among other things prevents her from having a contraceptive implant removed despite the fact she wants more children.

    "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I want changes, I deserve changes," Spears reportedly said.

    In 2006, Spears divorced dancer Kevin Federline and lost custody of her two sons the following year. The singer struggled with mental issues and underwent treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility before the court placed her under a conservatorship led by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet, both of whom were given complete control of her assets.

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