Britney Spears’ younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, opens up about their family feud for the first time.
Jamie Lynn, 30, appeared on “Good Morning America” Wednesday to discuss the upcoming release of her new memoir and to share her side of the story on the ongoing plight between her pop star sister and the rest of her family.
Jamie Lynn said growing up she “adored” Britney and thought of her as “another mommy.” But over the years, she witnessed the “Toxic” singer’s behavior become “irregular, paranoid, spiraling,” she writes in the book, according to the interview.
Jamie Lynn declined to comment on what she thinks of Britney’s current state of mind, saying “that’s not fair”. “But I can say how I felt about that, because that’s important. It’s important that I was in pain.”
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The “Toxic” singer was first placed under conservatory in 2008. Jamie Lynn recalls being “happy” when the conservatory closed for good last fall.
“I was happy,” she said, adding that she still doesn’t understand what the conservatory was about. “I was about to have a baby, so I didn’t understand what was happening and wasn’t focused on that. I was focused on being a 17-year-old who was about to have a baby. I understand as little about then as I do now.”
In her upcoming book, Jamie Lynn discusses being asked by her big sister to play a part in the conservatory.
“There was a time when my sister asked me to trust her and if I would be the person to make sure her boys got what they needed. Whether she’s in a conservatory or not, that was quite normal, I thought. Then i realized once you know what she’s in a conservatory i just didn’t want to be a part of it until maybe she was out of the conservatory i wasn’t overseeing the funds and if that was a misunderstanding anyway i don’t have any taken steps to be a part of it,” she said.
Jamie Lynn went on to claim that she tried to step in and help her sister amid her conservatorship struggle.
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“If she wanted to talk to other people, I did. I set that up. I even talked to her previous legal team and it didn’t turn out well for me. take the steps without, you know, she has to go through the door,” added Jamie Lynn.
Britney has since called on her family, including Jamie Lynn, to take advantage of her fame and fortune. While the sibling rift has played out in the public eye, Jamie Lynn was moved to tears when she shared how she really feels about their relationship.
“That love is still 100% there. I love my sister. I’ve only loved and supported her and did what’s right for her and she knows it, so I don’t know why we’re in this position now.” she said amid tears.
Jamie added that she believes she has “solved” the problem that Britney took over from Jamie Lynn’s performance at the 2017 Radio Disney Awards, where she performed a remix of her older sister’s songs. “I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards show and played MY SONGS for remixes!!!!!” britney wrote: in a post that was also critical of her father, Jamie, who ran her conservatory at the time.
Also in her memoir, “Things I Should Have Said,” Jamie Lynn describes growing up around her father, James P. Spears’ alcoholism. According to court documents obtained by the New York Times, James P. Spears, aka Jamie Spears, entered rehab for alcoholism in 2014, when Jamie Lynn was a teenager. In the book, Jamie Lynn writes, “He spent most of my life in that cycle of destructive behavior. His bouts of drinking always caused periods of agony and sadness.”
Jamie Lynn told ABC’s Juju Chang that her father’s drinking “caused a lot of anxiety” for her. “The hardest part was, can I trust you? Are you drinking? Aren’t you? It was something no kid should question,” she said.
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About why Jamie Lynn decided to write her memoir, she said: “It was very important for me to honor my voice first. I have to do it or how else can I expect my daughters to stand up for themselves?”
Britney and her father did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Jamie Lynn’s memoir will be released on January 18.
Britney and Jamie Lynn’s strained relationship went public over the past year as the ‘Toxic’ singer tried to free herself from her conservatory. In Britney’s legal battle, the pop star appealed to her relatives both in court and on social media for failing to help her free her from the 13-year-old court order. In particular, Britney accused her and Jamie Lynn’s father, James P. Spears, of “abusing the trustee.” She also claimed that her family has benefited from her fortune.
Britney kicked off 2022 by deleting many of her Instagram followers, including her famous sister. The move marks Britney’s latest passive-aggressive move regarding both her sister and the rest of her family, which she has publicly blamed on multiple occasions to keep her under the damaging legal deal until a judge finally ended it in november.
Jamie Lynn’s involvement in the conservatorship came to light in 2019. It was revealed that Jamie Lynn was named in 2020 as the trustee in Britney’s SJB Revocable Trust, which was amended in 2018 by Britney’s co-custodians at the time, according to legal documents.
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When Britney made her explosive action in court in 2021 and first publicly calling for her release from the deal, she also called her family together without directly naming her sister. She also made shocking accusations such as being forced to work long hours, being denied the right to have her IUD removed and being completely removed from managing her own finances.
Days later, Jamie Lynn released a statement after being criticized for not publicly supporting the #FreeBritney movement, which sought to end her sister’s conservatory long before her 24-minute court testimony. In a video posted to her Instagram Stories, Jamie Lynn said she kept quiet about the situation because she thought her sister could speak for herself.
“Since the day I was born, I’ve only loved, adored, and supported my sister. I mean, this is my fucking big sister, before all these bulls. I don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and having countless babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world like she’s done so many times before, because I ain’t got nothing to gain or lose anyway,” she said then. “This situation doesn’t affect me in any way because I’m just her sister who only cares about her happiness.”
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At one point, Jamie Lynn remarked that she had previously… death threats. However, that all changed in October when the former Nickelodeon star announced she was releasing “Things I Should Have Said.” The book, due out later this month, promises to cover issues such as her sister’s conservatory, her first pregnancy when she was 16, and her daughter’s near-fatal ATV accident in 2017.
Tyler McCarthy of Fox News contributed to this report.