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"When most people think of Britney Spears, they think of Britney the superstar. She's iconic. A legend. One of the most influential artists in pop-music history," Hilton, 40, said. "When I think of Britney Spears, I see the sweetest soul. A mother. A friend. A fighter. A young woman who grew up in the tabloid culture of the 2000s, when the paparazzi machine was accepted, unforgiving and cruel."

Hilton then touched on the singer's conservatorship — which Britney's father Jamie Spears recently filed to end — and said, "Yes, we've watched Britney break records and deliver to the world hit after hit. But behind the scenes, she survived more than a decade of trauma and abuse from her conservatorship." (Britney's father and conservator Jodi Montgomery have both separately denied abuse claims and insisted they have her best interests in mind when making all decisions on the singer's behalf.)

"Our hearts broke when Britney spoke about her pain," she said of the pop star's explosive court hearing in June, where Britney expressed her desire to end the conservatorship publicly for the first time.

Hilton continued, "Despite the darkness that has surrounded her life, Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar." 

"So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever," the Simple Life alum said.

Last week PEOPLE confirmed Britney's father, 69, filed to end his daughter's conservatorship after 13 years.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jamie, stated in his filing that the pop star may longer need a conservatorship — something his daughter's attorney Mathew Rosengart told PEOPLE is a "massive legal victory" for the singer.

After stepping down as the conservatorship of her person in late 2019, Jamie has remained in charge of his daughter's finances as a conservator of her estate.

Britney "is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required," the filing stated.

"Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship," Jamie's filing said, adding, "She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses.In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding."

The petition, did, however, defend the initial establishment of a conservatorship.

"The conservatorship has helped Ms. Spears get through a major life crisis, rehabilitate and advance her career, and put her finances and her affairs in order," the petition said of the decision. "As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter."

Prior to Jamie's petition to end the conservatorship, Hilton weighed in on Britney's comments during the June hearing in which the singer said in part, "The Paris Hilton story on what they did to her at that school. I didn't believe any of that either — I'm sorry. I'm an outsider."

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"And maybe I'm wrong, and that's why I didn't want to say any of this to anybody to the public," added Britney. "People would make fun of me or laugh at me and say, 'She's lying, she's got everything, she's Britney Spears.' "

Hilton spoke on her podcast and said that despite how Britney's comments sounded, the singer "didn't mean it in that way."

"She meant when she saw it, she couldn't even believe it," the heiress said, referring to her own alleged abuse she endured at boarding school as a teenager. "What she said was, when people hear that, they're like, 'Oh, it's Britney Spears' [or] 'It's Paris Hilton. They have these perfect lives. Who is gonna believe [them]? I didn't even believe Paris — who's gonna believe me?' "

Of Britney's conservatorship, Hilton said, "Dealing with it as a teenager was hard but I can't imagine, still, as an adult, after working your entire life."

"She's built a huge empire; she's a legend, she's an icon, she's a mother. She's amazing and she has these people controlling her money, her life," she continued.

Hilton also said during the podcast that she was "proud of" her friend "for speaking up and using her voice," captioning a snippet from the episode on Instagram, "I will always support and love Britney. She is so kind and sweet, and she deserves her freedom. I've been saying #FreeBritney for a long time, and I will keep saying it until she is free."

"We all need to use our voices to protect victims of abuse," the star added. "She is so incredibly brave and an inspiration for speaking her truth. I know personally how hard it is to come forward to tell your story, and so I hope Britney knows that she is so loved and supported by the world right now."

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Giants' Barkley listed as questionable vs. WFT

Yahoo Sports 15 September, 2021 - 01:31pm

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is officially listed as questionable for Thursday night against the Washington Football Team as he attempts to play for the second time in five days while returning from a major knee injury.

The expectation, barring a setback, remains that Barkley will play, a source told ESPN. Barkley and coach Joe Judge have said throughout the week that they believe he'll be ready.

Tight end Evan Engram (calf) will not be available for the Giants (0-1) against Washington. Starting left guard Shane Lemieux (knee) and outside linebacker Cam Brown (hamstring) have also been ruled out.

Barkley admitted Tuesday that playing two games four days apart while coming back from a torn ACL in his right knee was not ideal. He tore the knee ligament in Week 2 of last season, had surgery in October and started the summer on the physically unable to perform list. He didn't face his first contact until just a ew weeks ago and was feeling natural soreness after being tackled for the first time in almost a year on Sunday.

Asked when he would know whether his body would be ready for the challenge of playing on such short rest, he conceded the unknown.

"Thursday. When I'm out there," Barkley said.

Barkley had 10 carries for 26 yards and one catch for 1 yard in his return during a 27-13 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He played 28 snaps -- 48% of the Giants' offensive plays -- and was mostly a nonfactor without the ability to get into open space.

Barkley is expected to have a similar workload Thursday night, perhaps handling slightly more than 50% of the offensive snaps while sharing time with Devontae Booker. A range of 12-17 touches is likely, although there remains a great element of the unknown.

Neither Barkley nor Judge was aware of any players who tore their knee and faced a similar challenge of two games so close to one another immediately upon their return.

"Yeah, that's a great question. I don't think the schedule is ideal for coming back off a major knee injury to have two games back-to-back, but that's what it is," Barkley said. "That's what's in front of me, and that's the challenge I have to face.

"To the question of my workload and how much can I handle, it's easier for me to stay up here and say, 'I don't know, just listen to the coaches.' When you're in the game and your adrenaline's going and you start getting a rhythm and you start feeling yourself again, that can go from less reps or more reps. I don't know, to be honest. I'm not in that decision. I don't make that decision. I'm just playing my role by showing up on Thursday and, the plays that I do get, try to help my team to the best of my capability."

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