Written by By Jillian Lewis, CNN London Editor-at-Large
Britney Spears is now a free woman.
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the singer’s conservatorship, set up after her 2007 breakdown, can finally come to an end.
The 32-year-old star’s previous relationship with a man named Sam Lutfi, which dominated the headlines around the world, played a part in the court’s decision. He’s the man who retained a controlling role during Spears’ time under the conservatorship, reportedly trying to prevent her from moving on with her life.
Lutfi denied the claims, and spent a year in jail for violating a restraining order against him. Britney Spears actually reached a deal with a UK judge that allowed Lutfi to provide general care for her in relation to her custody and medical matters, to the point where he would only be considered Britney’s conservator if a death or incapacitation was caused.
It’s now up to Lutfi whether to agree to letting Spears live a “normal life.”
Lutfi will continue to monitor Britney Spears. © Jason Kempin, Getty Images
His assessment of Britney’s condition will remain confidential, and no details about the case, including its underlying causes, will be reported.
While the conservatorship was established following Spears’ downward spiral and subsequent breakdown in 2008, she reportedly ended her lease on the Los Angeles mansion in which the conservatorship was set up in December 2014.
The process of winding up the conservatorship may be challenging, as she still retains a financial stake in her company, William Morris Entertainment, and has a big legal team helping her.