‘We were screaming our heads off’: Jubilant Britney Spears supporters outside court celebrate idol’s victory over her father

‘We’re used to being delivered bad news after bad news, show trial after show trial, abuse after abuse – to finally get some good news is incredible,’ said one fan

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 30 September 2021 09:56
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Fans hold #FreeBritney rally outside LA courthouse

Jubilant Britney Spears supporters outside court in Los Angeles have celebrated their idol’s legal victory over her father.

During a contentious hearing on Wednesday (29 September) inside a Los Angeles courtroom, a judge ruled Jamie Spears that should be suspended from his daughter’s conservatorship.

The arrangement controlling the pop superstar’s life could be terminated by the end of the year.

Jamie’s removal comes after a lengthy campaign from the dedicated group of fans who consider themselves members of the #FreeBritney movement.

Scores of supporters gathered outside Los Angeles Superior Court and celebrated wildly when news of Jamie’s departure seeped out.

Benjamin Elgar, a 20-year-old musician originally from Paris but now living in Los Angeles, attended court alongside 31-year-old stylist Christian Barrios.

Reacting to Jamie’s suspension, Elgar told the PA news agency: “It’s good news, he’s not here anymore, he’s gone. I think it’s good he got suspended and [the conservatorship’s] not been terminated so they can have time to investigate more, everything that’s been going on.

“She’s going to be free after everything that has been happening, all her fans and media and all the documentaries that came out really made a lot of pressure on the court to speed up the process.”

Ecstatic Britney fan celebrates the news

Alex Garcia is a 28-year-old sales worker from Sacramento, California. He described his mood as “ecstatic”.

He said: “I’ve been here since May 2019, to every rally, and to finally feel vindicated and feel so proud, we’re ecstatic.”

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Of the moment the news was announced, Garcia said: “We were screaming our heads off. Everything we worked for, it’s here.”

Another fan, who goes by the name Jakeyonce, attended court dressed in a “Free Britney” T-shirt along with pink glasses bearing the same slogan.

The 20-year-old told PA: “This is major. I was so emotional, I could not believe it. We are not used to having good news here.

“This is a very new, incredible thing. It’s a new thing for most people here, it’s sad.

“We’re used to having delivered bad news after bad news, show trial after show trial, abuse after abuse.

“To finally get some good news and see she might be actually coming out of this, some of it due to the support out here, is amazing, it’s incredible.”

Jubilant fans gathered outside the courthouse

Dustin Strand, a 29-year-old hairstylist from Phoenix, Arizona, said he was “thrilled” by Jamie’s suspension.

“I’m so happy,” he said. “Britney got exactly what she wanted, her dad’s out.

“I think I was more in shock, it was so surreal. Just to be here for three years trying to support Britney, and now it’s finally happening.

“It’s a surreal and exciting moment.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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