Britney Spears released from 13-year conservatorship

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Britney Spears has described the termination of a legal arrangement that controlled many aspects of the her life for 13 years as "the best day ever".

"I think I'm gonna cry," she told her 35 million Instagram followers.

A judge in Los Angeles on Friday ended the conservatorship set up by the 39-year-old singer's father in 2008 with immediate effect.

Fans had gathered outside the LA court to support Spears, who had described the guardianship as abusive.

Her father Jamie earlier said it was "necessary", but agreed it was time for her "to re-take control of her life".

"Her life was in shambles and she was in physical, emotional, mental and financial distress," lawyers representing Jamie Spears said in earlier court filings.

The conservatorship had power over her finances and career decisions plus major personal matters, such as her visits with her teenage sons and whether she can get remarried.

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On Monday, the Baby One More Time and Toxic singer wrote on Instagram that she hadn't "prayed for something more in my life".

"I know I've said some things on my Insta out of anger and I'm sorry but I'm only human… and I believe you'd feel the same way if you were me!"

Image source, Getty ImagesImage caption, Fans celebrated with confetti outside the LA court when it was announced Britney Spears' conservatorship had ended

In a court appearance in June, the star asked the judge to end the "abusive" arrangement and said she was "traumatised".

Addressing the court remotely, she said she had been drugged, forced to perform against her will and prevented from getting married and having more children.

Her testimony led her father to agree to step aside.

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A conservatorship is used for people who cannot make their own decisions and was put in place because of concerns about her mental health.

On Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled in favour of the singer's request to end it, which was not opposed by any of the parties involved.

As part of the ruling, Judge Penny said an accountant who served as a temporary conservator should retain some powers to settle ongoing financial issues.

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