Britney Spears Posts Letter Inviting Her to Visit Congress: 'I Felt Heard'

Britney Spears revealed Wednesday that she received an invitation from two Democratic members of Congress to speak about her conservatorship.

The 40-year-old pop star posted the December 1, 2021 letter from Representatives Eric Swalwell and Charlie Crist on Instagram. In the letter, the two lawmakers congratulate Spears and her attorney for their victories after the controversial court-appointed financial arrangement between Spears and her father Jamie was dissolved in November.

The 13-year conservatorship granted Spears's father and others control over her personal and financial decisions. Her fight to end the arrangement led to the #FreeBritney movement and thrust the conservatorship system into the spotlight.

"To that end, we wanted to personally invite you and your counsel to meet with us in Congress at a mutually convenient time to describe in your own words how you achieved justice," Crist and Swalwell wrote. "There is no doubt that your story will empower countless others outside the millions that are already inspired by you and your art."

The congressmen added that Spears had "no obligation to do anything more but fight for yourself" but if she was interested, Swalwell and Crist wanted to learn more "about the emotional and financial turmoil you faced within the conservatorship system."

Spears said she was "immediately flattered" by the request but "at the time I wasn't nearly at the healing stage I'm in now."

"I'm grateful that my story was even ACKNOWLEDGED," she wrote in the post. "Because of this letter, I felt heard and like I mattered for the first time in my life!!!"

Spears's case gained bipartisan attention on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers pushing for legislative changes to help better protect those under legal guardianships and conservatorships. Senator Ted Cruz said in an episode of his podcast that he was "squarely and unequivocally in the camp of Free Britney" while Crist and Republican Nancy Mace introduced the "FREE Act" to reform the conservatorship system.

"Thank you so much for sharing your story of strength and perseverance, Ms. @BritneySpears," Crist responded on Twitter. "It's my honor to invite you to meet with us in DC. Your voice helps other victims feel so much #stronger."

During last year's court proceedings, Spears testified for roughly 20 minutes as she told the judge she was put on medication against her will, that she was forced to go on tour and was monitored 24/7 by her family and security.

One of the most shocking revelations came when Spears said that those overseeing her conservatorship wouldn't let her remove her birth control device so that she could try to have more children.

"I don't feel like I can live a full life," she said at the time.

Since the conservatorship was dissolved in November 2021, Spears has teased that new music may be coming. In December, she posted on Instagram that she had a "new song in the works."

Just last week, she sent fans into a frenzy when she posted a video of her dancing in a studio to her song 2007 song "Get Naked." The caption of the post read, "this is a tease of what's to come."

Newsweek reached out to Swalwell's office for comment but didn't receive a response before publication.

Update 02/16/22, 4:30 p.m. ET: This story was updated with more information and background.

Spears Reveals Letter Inviting Her to Congress
Britney Spears revealed Wednesday that she received an invitation from two Democrats to speak about her conservatorship. In this photo, Spears attends Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Film Magic via Getty Images/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin