Jamie Lynn Spears' Good Morning America interview sheds new light on the Britney Spears' conservatorship, as well as the actress' strained relationship with her pop-star sister.
Ahead of her book release, Things I Should Have Said (opens in new tab), Jamie Lynn spoke to Juju Chang on January 12, 2022, to clear up any "misconceptions" about her role in her big sister's 13-year-long legal troubles.
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Jamie Lynn Spears' 'Good Morning America' interview
The 30-year old alleges that she never quite understood the need for Britney's legal conservatorship, and claims to have known "just as little about it then as I do now." At the time the conservatorship was put in place, she was 17 years old and preparing to have a baby. She insists that she did not take any active role in overseeing Britney's fortune, despite what fans might have been led to believe over the past several months.
Following the end of the conservatorship in 2021, fans dug deep into the singer's cryptic social media messages, many of which seemed aimed at her younger sister and family. Many wondered, "What did Jamie Lynn do to Britney?" The seemingly close bond was falling apart at the seams, all before the public's eyes.
But Jaime Lynn stands by the fact that she wants nothing but the best for Britney.
"When she needed help, I set up ways to do so, went out of my way to make sure that she had the contacts she needed to possibly go ahead and end this conservatorship and just end this all for our family," she revealed on GMA.
Jamie Lynn claims she even spoke with Britney's legal team in order to help end the conservatorship. She even made several reveals about intense moments with her sister, one of which took place in 2020 when Britney allegedlly screamed at Jamie Lynn in front of the actress' children. Another took place years ago where Jamie Lynn said Britney locked the two of them in the closet with a knife after becoming paranoid.
However, Britney sees things quite differently and has made no bones about addressing the "abusive" legal agreement at her court hearing and on social media.
"This message is to my family ... for hurting me deeper than you'll ever know !!!," she wrote in a now-deleted caption alongside an Instagram photo of a typewriter. "I know the conservatorship is about to be over but I still want justice !!! I'm only 5'4" and I've played the bigger person my entire life ... do you know how hard that is ???"
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Despite Britney's insistence that her family turned a blind eye to her struggles—and the fact that Jamie Lynn performed her sister's songs at an award show in 2017, which many felt was a contentious move—Jaime Lynn still feels as though she is in the right.
"I've only ever loved and supported her and done what's right by her. And she knows that. So, I don't know why we're in this position right now," she said on GMA.
'Things I Should Have Said'
The memoir, which hits shelves on January 18, focuses on the actress' struggles, mental health battles and life-changing experiences, including almost losing her eldest daughter in an ATV accident.
Of course, she does touch on her relationship with her sister throughout the book, and she describes Britney's behavior as "erratic, paranoid and spiraling.”
Jamie Lynn confirmed in 2021 that portions of the book sales would go to the mental illness charity This Is My Brave. The organization subsequently denied her offer.
Britney Spears on Jamie Lynn's book
As one might have expected, the princess of pop did not take kindly to the interview, which she claims to have watched with a 104-degree temperature. In a lengthy social media statement, she outlines her side of the story, stating that her sister "never had to work for anything" and that she is incorrectly identifying her past behavior.
"There were a couple of things in particular that had bothered her about the interview. The first was "that my sister said was how my behavior was out of control. She was never around me much 15 years ago at that time …. so why are they even talking about that unless she wants to sell a book at my expense??? REALLY???"
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Jamie Lynn fires back
In an equally lengthy social media post, Jamie Lynn responded to Britney's response (tired yet?) stating that Britney's claims are false.
"It's become exhausting when the conversations, and text we have in private don't match what you post on social media," she writes directly to Britney.
She continues by stating that she does not want this public back and forth to continue before touching on her book.
"I hate to burst my sister's bubble, but my book is not about her. I can't help that I was born a Spears too and that some of my experiences involve my sister."
The statement in its entirety is available on Instagram (opens in new tab).
Here's hoping the family finds much-needed peace.
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