You might have seen the Instagrams but are still wondering: What did Jamie Lynn do to Britney Spears? Is the actress publicly feuding with her big sis?
Judging from the harsh and ambiguous social media messages between the two, it seems the siblings are not on the same page...even if they're singing the same songs. Here's what's going on and where the sisters stand.
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Earlier in 2021, before Britney's conservatorship news erupted, the pop star dedicated several Instagram posts to her younger sister, Jamie Lynn. From a birthday message (opens in new tab) to an empowering roundup of "cool ladies" (opens in new tab) who inspire her, Britney Spears always had kind words to say about her mini-me.
But things have taken a turn since her explosive court hearing in June. The singer's horrific allegations about her "abusive" conservatorship detail all the ways in which she's been controlled over the past 13 years, both financially and personally. She revealed to the court, "I would honestly like to sue my family," which in turn put younger sister Jamie Lynn in the spotlight.
What did Jamie Lynn do to Britney?
After supporters of the #FreeBritney movement targeted the pop princess' younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears responded to Britney's hearing.
"Now that she's very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feel I need to say. Since the day I was born, I've only loved, adored, and supported my sister," Jamie Lynn said in an emotional Instagram story.
She continued: "Maybe I didn't support her the way the public would like me to with a hashtag on a public platform but I can assure you that I've supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I'll support her long after."
Britney's most recent Instagram reveals in July tells a slightly different story, to say the least. Without specifically naming anyone, Spears shared a post with a picture that read, "Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask," again, seemingly pointing to Jamie Lynn, according to fan speculation.
Later, in an expletive-ridden post, the songstress actually called out her younger sister.
"I don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes !!!!! My so-called support system hurt me deeply !!!! This conservatorship killed my dreams ... so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill ... yet people still try !!!!"
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Jamie Lynn Spears performing Britney songs
Britney's Instagram post reportedly referenced the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, in which Jamie Lynn Spears joined performers Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld, and Sofia Carson in a musical tribute to the pop icon, performing the 2011 hit "Till the World Ends" while Britney and their mother Lynn Spears watched on from the audience.
Likely in response to the accusations, the youngest Spears sibling posted a photo in a red suit on Instagram with a peace sign and heart in its caption. She also commented, "May the peace of the Lord be with you, and your spirit," although the caption appears to have been deleted as of July 19th.
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Now, Britney Spears has hired a new lawyer and will continue her battle to end her 13-year-long conservatorship. Fans and peers are anxious for the pop icon to find peace and gain back control over her life. Here's hoping her familial struggles will heal along the way.
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