Judge dissolves Britney Spears guardianship

LOS ANGELES: A Los Angeles judge Friday terminated the controversial guardianship that has controlled pop star Britney Spears  life for the past 13 years, handing back her freedom along with control of a multi-million-dollar estate.

The ruling, greeted with raucous cheers and showers of pink confetti by Spears  fans outside the downtown courthouse, ends a conservatorship long overseen by her father, and which the “Toxic” singer has described as abusive.

“Best day ever… praise the Lord… can I get an Amen,” wrote Spears on Instagram, using the hashtag “#FreedBritney.”

The formal end to the guardianship comes after the pop princess s father Jamie Spears was removed from his position in charge of her finances and estate at a hearing in September.

Both sides reiterated their support for swiftly ending the guardianship at the start of Friday s brief hearing.

“Effective today… the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is hereby terminated. And that is the order of the court,” said Judge Brenda Penny.

Friday s hearing capped a years-long campaign by Spears and her legion of global fans to end a conservatorship that began after her highly public 2007 breakdown, when the star attacked a paparazzo s car at a gas station.

Judge Penny agreed with Spears  request for the arrangement to end without need for a mental evaluation — on the basis that “this was a voluntary conservatorship” and that “all parties agree.”

“The court finds and determines that the conservatorship of the person and estate of Britney Jean Spears is no longer required,” she ruled.