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Britney Spears. Photo: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Britney Spears asked a judge on Wednesday to end the conservatorship that has overseen her whereabouts and finances for the last 13 years, calling it "abusive," per AP.

Catch up quick: The singer has lived under a two-pronged conservatorship in California — covering her person and estate — since 2008 when she experienced a mental health episode. Her father, James Spears, then petitioned the court for authority over his daughter.

  • Confidential court records obtained by The New York Times revealed that Britney Spears raised concerns about her father’s role as early as 2014.
  • James Spears and his lawyers have said that his role remains necessary because the performer's money is vulnerable to "fraud and manipulation," AP reports.
  • "Under the law, the burden would be on [Britney] Spears to prove she is competent before the case could end," per AP.

The big picture: In her first address in open court since the start of her conservatorship, Spears said: “I haven’t been back to court in a long time because I don’t think I was heard on any level when I came to court last time.”

  • “It’s embarrassing and demoralizing what I’ve been through, and that’s the main reason I didn’t say it openly. I didn’t think anybody would believe me.”
  • “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good," adding, “I deserve to have a life.”
  • “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” Spears said.
  • “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” she noted, per AP.
  • “I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work. The laws need to change," the singer added, per the New York Times.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Sara Fischer: The #FreeBritney movement went viral following the New York Times documentary, but it was building momentum for years before, thanks to super fans taking to the internet.

  • Britney's Instagram presence has been the subject of much speculation, with fans suggesting she was sending secret messages about her conservatorship, though there has been no proof of this.

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College football gone mad

Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.

Axios Investigates

Exclusive: Airbnb hosts Xinjiang rentals on land owned by sanctioned group

Data: Axios research, Airbnb, Australia Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Airbnb has more than a dozen homes available for rent in China's Xinjiang region on land owned by an organization sanctioned by the U.S. government for complicity in genocide and forced labor, an Axios investigation has found.

Why it matters: The listings expose Airbnb to regulatory risk under U.S. law. They also land yet another American tech company in the crossfire between the U.S. and China.