Popstar Britney Spears is now officially free as the judge on Wednesday suspended her father Jamie Spears as her conservator. Britney has been in conservatorship since 2008 over concerns about her mental health after a breakdown and hospitalization. A conservatorship is a type of adult guardianship in the US that empowers a conservator to be in complete control of a conservative’s career, life and finances if the latter is deemed unfit to take care of such things themselves.
Britney Spears has expressed the pain and abuse she has felt during conservatorship. She stated the court in June this year, “I don’t want to be evaluated, to be sat in a room with people four hours a day like they did to me before.” However, Britney Spears is not the only celebrity who has taken the legal route against their parents. Several other Hollywood celebrities have suffered due to bad parenting and have chosen the US’ emancipation law.
Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin sued his parents for emancipation and $ 17 million when he was just 16 in 1997. He claimed that his father, Kit Culkin mismanaged his earnings and forced him to sleep on the couch. Last year, he said to Empire, “It’s always misconstrued, that I ’emancipated’ myself from my parents. I legally took my parents’ names off of my trust fund and found an executor, someone who would look over my finances, just in case anyone wanted to stick their f***ing pinkie in the pie.”
Charlie Angel fame actress Drew Barrymore also freed herself at age 15. Drew had a troubled childhood with a domineering mother and an uncaring father. Never Been Kissed star was also placed in rehab at the age of 13. Her mother made her stay at an institution for eighteen months due to ill mental health. She also attempted suicide at the age of 14, prompting emancipation.
The Modern Family star Ariel Winter was 14 when her mother Chrisoula Workman was accused of abusing her. She was removed to a legally sanctioned guardianship under her older sister. After three years, she was emancipated. Taking to Twitter, she then tweeted, “I am now officially emancipated!!! I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity.”