"I'm not happy. I can't sleep. I'm so angry. It's insane. And I'm depressed. I cry every day."
Following years of forced silence, Britney Spears is asking a Los Angeles court to end the conservatorship that has controlled every part of her life since 2008.
For 13 years, the mother-of-two has been unable to make personal and financial decisions. Her father holds the role, by law, of her conservator - essentially a legal guardian.
After years of worldwide concern, and the uproar of the #FreeBritney movement, Spears is speaking for the first time.
The popstar has delivered an impassioned speech via phone link in a LA courtroom, which she demanded to be broadcast publicly. Here are some of the key moments.
1. 'This conservatorship is abusive.'
In a 23-minute speech, Spears said she was abused and exploited while living under her conservatorship.
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work. The laws need to change,” Ms Spears told the judge.
Indeed, unlike most people who are put under the constraints of a conservatorship, Spears has managed to continue her highly successful career. Since 2008, she has released three albums, been a judge on X-Factor and done several live shows, particularly in Las Vegas. According to Business Insider, her net worth in 2019 stood at $US59 million.
Spears said she did her 2018 concert tour against her will, and was fearful of what would happen if she did not comply.
"I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive... I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised,” the 39-year-old shared.
“I just want my life back.”