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Bennifer 2.0, plus more celebrities and pop culture events we're thankful for in 2021

Wonderwall Logo By Topher Gauk-Roger of Wonderwall | Slide 3 of 23: After spending more than 13 years living under a conservatorship, 2021 saw Britney Spears regain both her freedom and her voice. In February, the pop star got a huge boost of public support following the release of a documentary made The New York Times and FX, "Framing Britney Spears," which took a closer look at the intense media scrutiny the pop star faced in her 20s as well as her fraught relationship with her father and conservator, Jamie Spears. But an even larger swell of support came in June after Britney -- during a public conservatorship hearing -- unloaded on her father, her family, others involved in the conservatorships over her person and her finances, a former doctor, her management team and more. She dropped bombshell after bombshell about her alleged treatment, especially in recent years, and indicated to the judge that she was desperate to end the arrangement. "I just want my life back," she said during an emotional, powerful 23-minute address to the court. In July, the singer was granted permission to hire a new attorney, who filed for her father's removal as conservator of her estate. Despite initially opposing the move, Jamie eventually agreed and was suspended from the conservatorship in September with an accountant replacing him on a temporary basis until the entire arrangement was permanently terminated in November.

After spending more than 13 years living under a conservatorship, 2021 saw Britney Spears regain both her freedom and her voice. In February, the pop star got a huge boost of public support following the release of a documentary made The New York Times and FX, "Framing Britney Spears," which took a closer look at the intense media scrutiny the pop star faced in her 20s as well as her fraught relationship with her father and conservator, Jamie Spears. But an even larger swell of support came in June after Britney -- during a public conservatorship hearing -- unloaded on her father, her family, others involved in the conservatorships over her person and her finances, a former doctor, her management team and more. She dropped bombshell after bombshell about her alleged treatment, especially in recent years, and indicated to the judge that she was desperate to end the arrangement. "I just want my life back," she said during an emotional, powerful 23-minute address to the court. In July, the singer was granted permission to hire a new attorney, who filed for her father's removal as conservator of her estate. Despite initially opposing the move, Jamie eventually agreed and was suspended from the conservatorship in September with an accountant replacing him on a temporary basis until the entire arrangement was permanently terminated in November.

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