Britney Spears: Justin Timberlake among stars offering support

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionBritney's testimony prompted support from celebrities including her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey and Halsey are among the celebrities to have come out in support of Britney Spears after her court testimony.

On Wednesday, the singer told a Los Angeles judge being under an "abusive" conservatorship left her "traumatised".

The arrangement prevents Spears from controlling many aspects of her life.

"After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time," said Timberlake, who dated Spears two decades ago.

'Make this right'

"Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what's happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body."

He added: "No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they've worked so hard for… We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live."

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Meanwhile, pop star Halsey tweeted: "Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today."

image copyrightEPAimage captionFans campaigned for Britney's freedom outside the court on Wednesday

Other singers offering support to Spears included Brandy, who said she was "sending all [her] love and support to Britney Spears and her fans", and Mariah Carey, who tweeted: "We love you Britney!!! Stay strong."

Britney's father Jamie Spears was granted control over her affairs by court order in 2008.

The order was granted after the star was put in hospital amid concerns over her mental health.

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Britney is under two conservatorships – one for her financial estate and one for her as a person. Jamie Spears stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019 due to personal health reasons, and a temporary conservator took over.

He still has control of her financial estate, but a judge has ordered he share responsibility with a financial management company.

Britney told the judge: "This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I'm not happy, I can't sleep. I'm so angry and I cry every day."

Jamie Spears has previously said that Britney has always had the right to request an end to the conservatorship, which she had not exercised.

His lawyer Vivian Lee Thoreen read out a new statement on his behalf during Wednesday's court hearing: "[Jamie] is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. [He] loves his daughter and misses her very much."

image copyrightGetty Imagesimage captionMariah Carey offered support to Britney on Twitter, telling her to "stay strong"

Activist and actress Rose McGowan, who was one of several women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein, said Spears "has every right to be angry".

"How would you feel if your life was stolen, dissected, mocked?" she asked. "I pray she gets to live your life on her terms. STOP CONTROLLING WOMEN."

Chrishell Stause, who appears in the hugely popular Netflix reality series Selling Sunset, called for Spears to be released from the arrangement as well as a change in the conservatorship laws.

"I will 1000% RIOT if Britney is not freed" Stause tweeted. "We are SO PROUD of you @britneyspears! Listening to her call is equal parts heart-breaking and infuriating. Free Britney NOW, and then change the laws."

"WE LOVE YOU BRITNEY AND WE SUPPORT YOU!" wrote former Fifth Harmony singer Ally Brooke, later adding: "I love her so much guys please pray for her."

US comedian Kathy Griffin said she was "hanging on every word" Spears said during her 25-minute court appearance, adding: "Wow. Love her."

Piers Morgan added his voice, saying: "I urge Judge Penny to say yes to this poor tormented woman's cries for freedom, end her conservatorship and release her from her living hell. #FreeBritneySpears."

Singer Singer BeBe Rexha and Drag Race UK favourite Bimini Bon-Boulash were among those simply writing the slogan: "Free Britney!"

Radio and TV presenter Max said: "My heart is broken reading Britney's words in court yesterday… @britneyspears needs her freedom.. she has gone through so much over 13 years."

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