Britney Spears’ 13-year conservatorship is done. Here’s how we got here

Britney Spears, in a sparkly bikini outfit, sings into a headset onstage.
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The story of Britney Spears’ conservatorship saga is complicated and stretches back more than a decade. But now it has come to an end.

An L.A. judge ruled Nov. 12 to terminate the controversial legal arrangement that has been in place since early 2008, ending the oversight of two conservators who have supervised the pop star’s person and her estate for nearly 14 years.

These stories look at the many twists and turns of Spears’ now-defunct conservatorship.

(Illustrations below by Chloe Zola.)