A week before the release of her memoir, Jamie Lynn Spears sat down for her first post-conservatory interview with her sister Britney Spears.
“I was happy,” Jamie Lynn said, about her sister’s conservatory ending, as she spoke with ABC News’ “Nightline” host Juju Chang on “Good Morning America” Wednesday. “First, I don’t understand – when it was put in place I was 17 years old, I was about to have a baby. So I didn’t understand what was happening and wasn’t focused on that. I was focused to the fact that I was a 17-year-old about to have a baby, I understand it just as little then as I do now.”
Britney Spears’ custody was terminated last November, following the suspension of her and Jamie Lynn’s father, Jamie Spears, who has overseen Britney’s finances and other aspects of her life in his role as her conservator since the legal settlement began in 2008. .
On Wednesday’s “GMA,” Jamie Lynn discussed her book and her relationship with her world-famous sister and the rest of her family, whose involvement with the pop star’s 13-year conservatory has been called into question amid the singer’s ongoing legal battle. During the interview, Spears revealed the steps she says she took to help her sister during that time.
“I’ve always been my sister’s biggest supporter,” Jamie Lynn told Chang on Wednesday. “So when she needed help, I figured out ways to do that, went out of my way to make sure she had the contacts she needed to potentially go ahead and finish this conservatory and end all this for our family . If it’s going to cause so much controversy, why continue it?”
Chang asked Jamie Lynn, “So you didn’t always agree with the conservatory?”
“It was not about agreeing to the conservatory, everyone has a voice and it must be heard,” she responded. “So if she wanted to talk to other people, I did, I set that up. I even spoke to her legal team, which I – her legal team, the previous legal team, and it didn’t end well in my favor. So I’ve taken the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without her having to walk through the door.”
During her legal proceedings, Britney repeatedly spoke out against her family, including Jamie Lynn. When she testified in June 2021, she told the judge she believes members of her family should be in prison for the “conservatorship abuse” she has endured over the years.
Jamie Lynn got emotional as she discussed the split between her and her older sister.
“That love is still there, 100%. Um, I love my sister,” she said, wiping her tears during the “GMA” interview. “I’ve only loved and supported her and done what was right for her, and she knows it. So I don’t know why we are in this position now.”
Chang says “GMA” has reached out to both Britney and Jamie for comment and neither has responded.
In recent days, the pop star unfollowed her sister on Instagram, which caught the attention of her fans.
Jamie Lynn – a former Nickelodeon actor who rose to teen stars as her older sister became one of the biggest global pop stars in music history – was part of the cast of ‘All That’ and then her own series, ‘Zoey 101’ . which ended shortly before her pregnancy at age 16 became a major news scandal. After a long hiatus from acting and taking the time to focus on raising her two daughters, the actor and singer is currently starring on Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias.”
Last summer, Britney went to court to make allegations about her family’s role in her conservatory. “I would honestly like to sue my family, to be completely honest,” she testified in court. “I’d also like to share my story with the world, and what they’ve done to me, rather than it being a silent secret that they can all benefit from. I want to be heard about what they did to me for making me keep this up for so long… I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me. I was told not to expose the people who did this to me.”
After that testimonial, Jamie Lynn took to Instagram to show support and explain why she didn’t speak about the conservatory sooner, saying in part that she’s “so proud of her for using her voice”. However, the pop star’s fanbase disagreed with her statement, especially since Britney has spoken out against her sister — sometimes explicitly, but usually more covertly. Britney’s fans linked the dots on every word the singer seemingly says about her younger sibling in her Instagram captions.
A few months ago, the star referred to Jamie Lynn’s performance of her song “Till the World Ends” at the Radio Disney Music Awards 2017, posting: “I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards ceremony and performed MY SONGS for remix !!!!!”
And then, in November, days after her conservatory ended, the star said she wouldn’t hold back on her claims about her family. “It still amazes me every day that I wake up to how my family and the conservatory were able to do what they did to me… It was demoralizing and humiliating!!!! …I am used to keeping the peace for the family and keeping my mouth shut…but not this time…I have NOT FORGOTTEN and I hope they can look up tonight and know EXACTLY WHAT I AM!!!!”
Jamie Lynn has denounced the negative feedback she has received on social media, sharing vile and dangerous comments, including some that attack her own children, who are 13 and 3. She has said she has received death threats.
“I’m not used to receiving the love and hate from strangers anymore as I never had a choice at 8 years old,” she posted on her Instagram stories earlier this month, in response to a bully on social media. media that wished her young daughters to be raped. “You may not love me, and that’s fine, but THIS should not be tolerated under any circumstances, let alone about innocent underage children.”
Given the focus on the conservatory and the timing of Jamie Lynn’s memoir, due out January 18 by Worthy Publishing, the book has been a source of controversy.
Press leaks reported that the book’s working title was initially “I Must Confess” — a reference to a line from her sister’s 1998 hit debut single, “Baby One More Time.” After a quick response, the publisher said the title was “incorrect.” and was “incomplete” and then announced that the official title of the book is “Things I Should Have Said”.
The book chronicles the former Nickelodeon star’s journey as a mother, sister, daughter, actress and musician. Jamie Lynn originally announced she would donate book proceeds to the mental health organization This Is My Brave, but the nonprofit turned down the offer for the donation, bowing to criticism from fans of the pop star who said they were offended given the ongoing conservatorship saga. .
Here’s an excerpt from the interview, which aired on “Good Morning America” Wednesday. More of the interview will air on “Nightline” tonight.