Written by Staff Writer by Marie Colvin, CNN
Britney Spears’ long-running conservatorship ended Tuesday, her family announced on Instagram.
“We could not be more grateful for Britney’s extraordinary talent, her unwavering professionalism and the amazing care she has received from her long-time physician, Dr. Kevin Efrusy, and his team of clinicians,” Spears’ family said in a statement.
“As a strong mother who cares deeply for her children, we remain committed to ensuring that they are safe and continue to be well cared for.”
Former manager Larry Rudolph, who briefly took over the singer’s management, has been named the conservator.
Spears announced the end of her professional career earlier this month.
“I’ll be taking some much needed time off to reflect, recover and get centered. I love you all,” she wrote on Instagram.
Spears has been carefully charting her professional path since her hospitalization at the end of 2007 after a meltdown that reportedly included angry rants about her celebrity status. The incident started after she was photographed leaving a hotel where she was involved in a “drunken altercation” with then-security guard Fernando Flores.
Spears’ subsequent behavior was characterized by erratic behavior, bringing her into the spotlight again. She was found naked at her home, reduced to tears during a television interview and installed in a psychiatric facility. The singer emerged from the facility in time to receive an MTV Video Music Award for best female video.
Spears later entered a plea agreement that called for her to get psychiatric and psychotherapy treatment and a year of probation. She served one year of probation and two months of intensive mental health counseling.