Britney Spears is free.
A judge on Thursday restored the pop superstar’s conservatorship, which had barred her father from making decisions that could harm the singer or her image.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz said, “You are now free from the care and guidance of your father,” and added she understood the iconic entertainer will take some time to accept her freedom.
Spears lost custody of her sons and faced legal issues related to her personal and professional life as her father sought to implement specific rules and requirements to protect her from herself.
“I look forward to living my life as an ordinary mother to my sons and working as an ordinary musician in the studio and on the road,” Spears said in a statement thanking her family, attorneys and publicists.
The conservatorship previously was in place due to reports of mental and emotional problems related to her 2009 breakdown and 2011 rehab stint.
The conservatorship was created by a Los Angeles judge in 2008 and lasted until 2014, when Goetz determined that there was no longer a need for the arrangement and removed her parents as co-conservators.
But during the transition she allowed her father, Jamie Spears, to continue to oversee her personal and professional life.
Earlier this month, Goetz again concluded she wanted to keep Spears’s father on the job after she reviewed medical reports and concluded the pop singer needed the court’s approval.
Goetz previously limited her father from sending Spears email and phone messages. A gag order between the conservatorship’s lawyers and her father also prevents them from discussing the case in public.
Spears’ attorney Andrew Wallet said after Goetz’s decision that it would take time for the pop star to grieve her loss.
“As a child of divorce, I can imagine the difficulty of reliving and revisiting some very painful time in one’s life,” Wallet said.