Photos: Britney Spears’ conservatorship ends after 13 years

Britney supporters at a rally
Britney Spears supporters sing and dance Friday on Grand Avenue outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
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Britney Spears is finally free. An L.A. judge ruled Friday to terminate the controversial conservatorship that had been in place since early 2008, ending the oversight of two conservators who have supervised the pop star’s person and estate for nearly 14 years.

Judge Brenda J. Penny returned Spears’ legal rights, effective immediately. It was a decision that seemed inevitable, though Penny gave no indication ahead of time about how she would rule.

Free Britney supporters celebrate
Supporters celebrate after hearing that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ended the conservatorship that has controlled Britney Spears’ life for nearly 14 years.
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The crowd of fans assembled outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A. erupted with joyful cheers and confetti as the news spread. They sang and danced to Spears’ hit “Stronger,” hollering the lyrics, “Now it’s nothing but my way / My loneliness ain’t killing me no more.”

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Spears’ fiance, Sam Asghari, wrote on Instagram, “History was made today. Britney is Free!”

 Junior Olivas, rallies for Free Britney outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse in LA
Junior Olivas shows support for Britney Spears Friday outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
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Free Britney supporters celebrate
Supporters of Britney Spears celebrate the ruling.
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A Britney Spears tattoo
Dallas Gaston shows a tattoo of Britney Spears on Friday outside Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
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Attorney Mathew Rosengart speaks to the media
Attorney Mathew Rosengart speaks to the media after the ruling.
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Pink was the color of choice outside the courthouse.
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 A man holding a doll
A supporter showed up with a doll in the pop star’s likeness.
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A Britney Spears impersonator dances during the rally.
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Signs showed support for ending the conservatorship.
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Supporters of the FreeBritney movement hold a Britney Spears'lifesize cardboard cutout
Supporters hold a life-size cardboard cutout of Spears.
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New Jersey performer and Britney Spears supporter "Brennyboombox" shows off his T-shirt
A New Jersey performer known as Brennyboombox shows off his T-shirt.
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Britney Spears supporters Aaron Morris, second from right, and Elizabeth Crocker embrace
Aaron Morris and Elizabeth Crocker embrace outside the hearing.
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Twins hold a pink sign.
Twins Edward, right, and John Grimes of Dublin hold a “Free Britney” flag.
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