Jamie Lynn Spears: ‘My sister knows I love and support her, I’m not my family’


In her statement in court last week, Britney Spears made it clear that she blamed her whole family for what has happened to her in the years she’s been under a conservatorship. While her father Jamie Spears is the main culprit for most of the human rights violations against Britney, she also blamed her mother, her brother and the rest of her family for continuing to profit from her and for not stopping the damage being done to her. Britney’s younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears finally has some thoughts about all of that. She got on IG Stories and said words:

“I just want to take a second to address a few things,” Jamie Lynn said in the video message shared Monday to her Instagram stories. “The only reason I hadn’t before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly that it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do. But 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 feeI I need to say.”

“Since the day I was born, I’ve only loved, adored and supported my sister. I mean this is my freaking big sister, before any of this bulls-. I don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has done so many times before, because I have nothing to gain or lose either way. This situation does not affect me either way, because I’m only her sister who’s only concerned about her happiness.”

Jamie Lynn continued by saying she had made a “very conscious choice” to “only participate” in Britney’s life as a sister and that she has done her own thing ever since she was a child.

“I paid my freakin bills since I was 10 years old. Not that I owe the public anything, because my sister knows I love and support her… I’m not my family. I’m my own person. And I’m speaking for myself,” she said. The Zoey 101 star said she’s “very proud” of Britney for speaking up and that she has always supported her and her happiness.

“Maybe I didn’t support the way the public would like me to with a hashtag on a public platform but I can assure you that I support my sister long before there was a hashtag and I’ll support her long after,” she said. “I’m so proud of her for using her voice. I’m so proud of her for requesting new counsel like I told her many years ago – oh, not in a public platform but just in a personal conversation between two sisters.”

To end the video message, she said, “If ending the conservatorship and flying to Mars or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy, I support that 100% because I support my sister; I love my sister. Always have, always will. As long as she’s happy. So let’s keep praying. That’s all.”

[From People]

I saw a lot of people yelling at and about Jamie Lynn because of this statement, because she has gotten to live her life free down in Louisiana, and because Jamie Lynn is making it sound like she’s different from the rest of her family because she doesn’t profit from Britney. I don’t know. I just don’t. I’d like to hear what Britney has to say about her sister specifically. Besides, even if Jamie Lynn knew how bad it had gotten with Britney, there was probably no way for her to intervene legally, you know? We just don’t know the sister-dynamics of this one.

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  1. Mel says:

    From what I understand for some reason she’s the heir to Britney’s estate and not Britney’s children. How is that showing support, doing the right thing, not living off of Britney? Her family has cut out Britney’s children, they’re all awful, Jamie Lynn included.

    • Lurker says:

      Whaaaaaaa!? She is the heir to her estate!?!? Why?

    • superashes says:

      Her sister was named as a co-Trustee a few years back of a trust that was set up for Britney’s children, and later filed to try to have the fund be moved to an account that she controlled instead of their father. At most, I think she was just trying to protect Britney’s kids. I don’t think she was setting herself up to inherit Britney’s estate, and I haven’t seen anything where she financially profited off of her other than some airfare for two trips several years ago.

      This just vibes to me like society trying to find a woman in the family to be vilified on par (or maybe more than par) with her father, yet somehow everyone overlooking their mother.

      • Mel says:

        Please, they’re ALL responsible for what’s happening to Britney, she’s the cash cow. What income do any of them have to support them in the lifestyle that they’ve become used to without her money? No one is trying to vilify her alone, that entire family is suspect.

    • superashes says:

      She was named to the trust in 2018, and petitioned to move the funds in 2020, after Britney’s sons had fallen out with Jamie and obtained the restraining order in 2019.

    • tealily says:

      From what we’ve seen from the rest of this bunch, she might be the safest person to be put in charge of the financial matters. It’s a big assumption to say that she won’t do right by the kids.

    • Serena says:

      Exactly. And she also has done a few to zero gigs since zooey101 (?), and that was a good 10 years ago, so how in the hell would she be able to pay her bills? Please, she is justifying herself just because she has a new show coming out. Disgusting.

  2. Case says:

    It’s hard to say. For all we know Britney could’ve told her to stay out of it all this time as to not be silenced as well. She very well may be her biggest cheerleader behind the scenes. I wish she would’ve publicly made some noise on Britney’s behalf about what was happening to her, but who knows why that didn’t happen.

    • Eleonor says:

      I don’t know.
      Here we have a family and a team of lawyers.
      I don’t have too much memories, at the time I was a teenager, and it seemed they tried to push her in the business, but she wasn’t as profitable as Britney, and at a certain point she simply got pregnant and went on with her life, away from the spotilght and from her family. I had the feeling she wanted to be far away from all the circus.

      • Ann says:

        I am not inclined to blame her for the situation with her sister, since as you said, she has lived in Louisiana and been out of the business, or at least only in it in a pretty low-key way, since she was 16. She did her show, got pregnant, and dealt with it, eventually marrying and having another child.

        I suppose she could have done more, but family dynamics are complicated and so is the legal situation here. She’s not powerful. People shouldn’t be shaming her, IMO.

      • tealily says:

        She went through the ringer as far as childhood stardom herself. I have nothing but sympathy for Jamie Lynn. I think she’s turned out okay, considering what she was saddled with as a kid.

    • February-Pisces says:

      I think Jamie Lynne might the the best out of a bad bunch. I don’t think she holds any power or influence in this situation. She probably gets a monthly cheque like they all do, in order to keep in-line with Jamie’s tyrannical ways. I think that’s what they are all complicit, they need this conservatorship so they all get a cut. If with power reverts back into Britney hands, then it’s over, she will cut off anyone who’s wronged her.

      I watched Britney brother talk about his father a few months ago and he didn’t really say anything. You know he doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of their dad.

  3. Riley says:

    I’ve always liked Jamie Lynn but saying “this situation does not affect me” really rubs me the wrong way. If you were really invested in your sister’s life and happiness, it damn sure SHOULD affect you!

    • questions says:

      I thought she was trying to say that she doesn’t reap any financial benefits like the dad does. Prior to saying the situation doesn’t affect her, she said she has nothing to gain or lose. It seems she’s saying this situation affects those on the payroll.

      • Riley says:

        @questions that makes sense. I think it just came off in the wrong way, the way she phrased it. Or maybe it’s just too early for me and I’m misinterpreting everything. 🙂

    • AnneSurely says:

      Yeah, I have nothing but eye rolls for this statement. Jamie Lynn is on a popular Netflix family show and this publicity is not doing her any favors with the minivan majority. That’s what prompted this statement. I also was severely emotionally abused as a child by my mother and everyone stood by without saying a peep about it. Now, I’m not going to hold my younger sister responsible as a child for not stepping in, obviously, but I have no time for her as an adult pretending like it didn’t happen or that our mother isn’t still an absolute monster. It sounds like all of these people feel like some control of Britney’s life is warranted and we have no idea if it’s bc they are financially motivated or Britney is really still unstable.

    • Meg says:

      I agree with you the phrasing rubbed me the wrong way. Shes not affected and doesnt lose or gain anything if her sister moves to to the middle of nowhere and has a ton of kids-really? You wouldn’t lose anything if she moved to the middle of nowhere? You wouldn’t gain anything if she had more kids and you had more nephews or neices?

  4. Christa says:

    Doesn’t she live in Louisiana or KY or somewhere like that. She’s got multiple kids and probably really busy. Britney herself said she was not being honest about her true feelings. My opinion is that people are making a lot of assumptions about what Jaime should know. The truth is that none of know what’s really happened. Attacking her sister seems misguided to me. The comments on DM are basically vilifying her. The whole situation is disgusting.

    • molly says:

      She lives in Louisiana with her two kids and husband. He coaches their daughter’s select softball team, their toddler is adorable, and they seem to live a relatively normal life. (Aside from the little acting/singing jobs Jamie Lynn does from time to time.) It looks like she’d travel to meet with Britney and all the kids for a vacation in Hawaii or CA, but they haven’t done that in awhile.

      Also, Britney wished her a very public happy birthday on the wrong day, and Jamie Lynn had to point that out. It was a little odd.

      • Valois says:

        I highly doubt Britney controls any of her social media accounts and I wouldn’t put it past them (her father, his team etc.) to make her look “weird” on purpose by posting weird and odd stuff on Instagram.

  5. Mette says:

    All I can think of is- the lady doth protest too much

  6. MellyMel says:

    Wasn’t Jamie Lynn named the trustee over Britney’s fortune? Why is she acting like none of this involves her?!

    • questions says:

      I think she put in a request to be a trustee but then withdrew the petition, but I could be wrong if developments have changed.

    • BnlurNforever says:

      Did she put herself forward as the trustee, or did someone else put her in that position? It seems like she’s saying without actually spelling it out that she doesn’t profit financially from Britney’s estate, “she pays her bills.” It sounds like she’s hampered by what she can say and that’s possibly to protect Britney. If she’s not profiting and is supporting as best she can behind the scenes, then maybe she’s not a part of the problem. She always strike me the same as the Smith’s daughter, hate the spotlight and only became known because she was pushed forward as a child. I feel so bad for Britney and wish she was mentally capable enough to be just cut loose, but I suspect a huge part of the problem is that, she is not well and can’t truly be left to do as she wish. What has made this murky is that she’s always being taken advantage of, which places the court in a very difficult situation in deciding what’s best for Britney.

  7. RIN JENN JENN says:

    According to court docs, Jamie Lynn has received money for things like flights from Britney’s conservatorship… and that’s just what’s easily available to trace. Judging from her insta lifestyle and lackluster career, there’s probably more. So, for her statement that she doesn’t profit from her sister….

    Maury has determined that to be a lie!

  8. Tursitops says:

    Someone needs to point out to her that prayers and support are not the same as help and assistance. If my sister is in a dangerous or unsafe situation, then it’s not going to matter what I *said* to her, it’s going to matter what concrete steps I took to extricate her from her troubles.

  9. Maria says:

    “If ending the conservatorship and flying to Mars or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy”

    Way to minimize and make fun of Britney’s statements and struggles. Sorry, she’s profited off this like the rest of them. Her insistence that she told Britney to seek other counsel “just in a private conversation between two sisters” rings false to me.
    She may not have been in a place to do much. But this statement is condescending and doesn’t make me think better of her. “This situation does not affect me.” Sure.

    • Myra says:

      I caught that part, too. It was unnecessary and cheapened what should have been a heartfelt and supportive statement. I’ve no doubt that accusations from the public has hurt her but she should have been more sensitive in her statement. It’s like calling people crazy when they are mentally vulnerable and struggling.

    • Meg says:

      Yes good point. Its condescending and patronizing.

  10. Murphy says:

    I doubt there is anything that Jamie Lynn could do for Britney but I just have to say…does she really think she would have been capable of “I paid my freakin bills since I was 10 years old” if it weren’t for Britney?! PLEASE! Like you said, Jamie Lynn is living the life back home that Britney dreams of every day.

    • questions says:

      The parents pushed them as child stars. Based on that, the statement didn’t ring totally false.

      Wasn’t the assumption she got pregnant at 16 to avoid being a pop star?

  11. Twin falls says:

    Did Britney say she wants to live in the rainforest or fly to Mars?

    • questions says:

      No one in the family is that articulate. I could actually picture her saying that — not out of stupidity or illness, but because she didn’t really further her education much.

      • Lola says:

        There’s no evidence of her ever saying that as far as I know. But Elon Musk is trying to build a whole city on Mars so if Britney ever did say she wanted to fly to Mars she shouldn’t be judged differently than him.

    • Meg says:

      the point is britney having the freedom to choose her life herself. mistakes are hers to make and not justification for her to be under a conservatorship. The bar is much higher than that to be under one

    • ElleE says:

      @TwinFalls no, I heard Britney say that she wants to be about to go to her place in Maui without asking for permission and oh yeah, she wants her IUD removed so that she can have another baby. She didn’t mention Mars in the hearing-maybe that was just something Jaime Lynn thought would make her sound fun and totally not crazy!

  12. Turtledove says:

    i mean, hey, we don’t know everything that goes on in this situation, as some have pointed out. Fair enough.

    But, I dunno, Brit said in court that she had not been told by her lawyer that she could petition to have the conservatorship dropped. Now, that is most definitely on the lawyer. But ummm…maybe if my sister was in that situation *I* might look into what could be done for her and TOLD her myself?

    There has been an online “movement” to “#FreeBritney set up by fans and strangers, and her sister had nothing to say until NOW? It seems sketchy as hell.

    • Heylee says:

      This times one million trillion. There is nothing that would stop me from helping my two sisters. If I had an inkling that abuse was happening to either of them. This does not track.

      • Robert says:

        Have any of you people actually delt with people with mental illness? People with mental illness are usually paranoid that eveyone is against them. They always think that they are fine and don’t need the meds or therapy that they are getting. They also don’t recognize the things around them that is hurting them. They make rash decisions that will come back to hurt them. All of these thing were things Britney was doing before the conservatorship. She had surrounded herself with people who truly wanted to take advantage of her. I can’t remember their names. But the sceevy manager who was robbing her blind. And the boyfriends who were only in it for the money. And the supposed friends who were only using her to get into the better clubs and get free booze and drugs. You all keep saying her father is abusing her. How? By making her take her meds. Meds that can cause serious birth defects. The reason for the IUD. Making her fullfill her contracts for the Vegas shows. That’s why Britney has millions of dollars now and isn’t living in a cardboard box from being suied. She hasn’t worked since the contracts were finished. She lives in a mansion, and can buy anything she want’s as long as its legal. I’m sorry she feels controled, but she proved she can’t do it herself.

      • Maria says:

        What a nice blanket statement about “people with mental illness.” I’d be willing to bet not only have many of us dealt with that but have our own struggles too. But good try rationalizing what she’s gone through.
        Maybe use some critical thinking skills and figure out that if she surrounded herself with people who were taking advantage of her then it’s probably because *her own family* wasn’t exactly providing the blueprint of who she should have been hanging out with. And no, her money is being stolen. Her father recommended she stay with a therapist who drugged her with lithium unwillingly and he was blasé about the financial costs.

  13. Kalana says:

    Jamie Lynn doesn’t seem to be taking this seriously. She seems very detached from what Britney is going through (fly to Mars, live in the rainforest) and very defensive. Her sister is being forced to wear an IUD, and cries every day. She didn’t say she wanted to fly to Mars. Somehow Jamie has made this about herself.

    My guess is the entire family is like this. Everyone is just looking out for themselves. No one cares about what Britney wants.

    • Millenial says:

      I’ve always had a soft spot for her, I think because Jaime Lynn got the child star treatment, too. Her parents tried to mold her into the acting version of Britney – she had a Disney or Nickelodeon show, before she had her teen pregnancy.

      I’m not saying that to justify Jaime Lynn if she’s been actively harmful, but we’ve seen enough child stars and stage parents to suggest her childhood wasn’t hunky dory, either, and I imagine she has a complicated relationship with her sister because of it.

      • Sigmund says:

        Honestly, I strongly suspect that both girls experienced some kind of abusive attitudes/behaviors growing up, specifically from their dad. There’s no way this conservatorship issue just unexpectedly brought out the worst in Jamie. I think it’s been there for a long time.

        So I have some sympathy for Jamie Lynn, as that family environment is probably pretty f’d up. But I mostly feel sorry for Britney, and yeah, I’m not convinced Jamie Lynn has taken it upon herself to try and help her sister.

  14. Nlopez says:

    I found her whole statement disturbing. She seemed very defensive. I also feel Britneys. Boyfriend is suspect. Does he work? I haven t followed this whole Britney story, so I went to her IG. Its sad. The whole saga is sad.

    • molly says:

      YES! The boyfriend! What is his deal? What does he do all day? Is he her videographer? Does he help with wardrobe suggestions for her bizarre fashion shows? I have so many questions about him.

    • Embee says:

      The boyfriend is an Iranian immigrant, youngest of four with only sisters as siblings. He’s an interesting combination of open-minded (this is largely true of many immigrants who embrace their chosen country’s culture) and manipulative, in my observation. He also knows how to appeal to women’s psychology/emotions. For as long as he wants what is good for Britney, she will be in good hands with him. If they come to cross purposes he will have the ability to destroy her. In her current circumstances he’s probably very good for her. It will be interesting to see what happens when he is done with her (I give it another 10 years, maximum).

      • Lola says:

        You give it 10? That’s a lot. I give it less than 5. And if the conservatorship is lifted sooner, than even fewer. Like a marriage within that year and a divorce within a year or two.

  15. Digital Unicorn says:

    I side eye jamie Lynn as she like the rest of her family have lived off Brit for years – her husband made similar comments and u have to think how much of brit’s money has gone into his business.

    After the court appearance there was a story clearly from JL’s team saying that she is super close to Brit and always has been. Damage control for her brand.

  16. Ninks says:

    There’s probably so much going on behind the scenes that we still don’t know about and Jamie Lynn was so young when this all started and was exploited by her parents for financial gain too, plus there are some shady rumours about who fathered her child when she was 16, so I was mostly inclined to give her a pass. Until I actually saw the video and now… it came across as really defensive and dismissive and I don’t think it did what she hoped it would do.

    • Serena says:

      I honestly don’t believe JL was exploited for just doing 1-2 years a teen show, that sure would have paid good money, but in no way close to Britney’s and it would have run out fast in a few years since she allegedly “pays her own bills”.

  17. Haylie says:

    Seems that none of Britney’s family are to be trusted.

    • Sid says:

      They’ve all lived fabulously off her money. After Britney’s music career skyrocketed, she built a huge estate in Louisiana for her mother. And apparently the mother still gets monthly money from Britney’s estate. When Britney bought a big luxury condo in NYC, her brother ended up being the one to live there for years. Britney spoiled the heck out of her sister when she was little, and Britney’s fame is what got the sister the Nickelodeon gig. And her father was/ is making more as her conservator than he likely ever did in any other job.

  18. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    When things are this convoluted, messy and present such strong emotions and reactions on the surface, I tend to feel guilty speculating and assuming. I can say I’m horrified that a 30-something year old woman is having to fight family and attorneys over her right to her life and her earnings, but that’s simply scratching the surface of the Grand Canyon. And if feels weird peering into the windows, because from every angle it seems to anger.

  19. Willow says:

    Actions speak louder than words. What actions has she done to support or help her sister? All I hear is crickets.

  20. Elo says:

    I’m not buying that she doesn’t profit. Her entire life she has profited off the fact that her sister is Britney. She wouldn’t have a career without Britney. God knows she is lackluster af on her own.
    Also – she’s an adult.
    I’m don’t even get along with my sister but I would never let this happen to her! You can say that she couldn’t do anything about it legally, but she could have made it into a big and public mess to expose it- which might have empowered Britney earlier. Britney didn’t even know she could contest it. I

    She could have whistle blown. She could have done something.
    She didn’t care.

  21. stormsmama says:

    the condescension and mockery of saying “live in rainforest” or “fly to mars”
    That is something someone says when they DONT take the other persons plight seriously.
    Its very much – whatever her pretty little head wants-
    It has a backhanded feel to it…

    • Lola says:

      Right? In her statement she said things like:

      – She doesn’t want to be forced to work against her will.
      – She doesn’t want to be forced on heavy medications like Lithium as “punishment” for not being “obedient” about things like performing certain dance moves.
      – She wants the IUD out of her body instead of being forced to have it in her uterus against her will.
      – She want her boyfriend to be able to drive her in his car.
      – She doesn’t want to be set up by having to meet with mental health providers in locations where she’ll be exposed to the paps coming and going, and they’ll take pics of her if she’s upset.
      – She wants to be able to get married to her boyfriend and have a baby with him.

      Using things like flying to Mars and having a million babies in the rainforest, as examples of things she supposedly might want to do if the conservatorship is lifted, seems extremely undermining and painting her wants as very erratic and crazy, when she very clearly ennumerated wants that are well within what any average person would expect to have and be furious if someone took away from them.

  22. Abby says:

    I feel like she’s getting blamed wayyyy too much for this statement. I think it’s obvious that she means she has no vested interest in keeping Britney captive like the rest of the family. She’s saying she is not on Britney’s payroll. If she’s co-trustee of the children’s money, then that would be very supervised in dispersment anyway with a paper trail. She won’t get to just pocket that money. Britney obviously trusts HER above anyone else in her family and if that’s who BRITNEY chose then we should trust her to be doing the right thing just as we trust her using her voice to share her reality. Demonizing a little sister who has also been through a lot, too (her daughter drowned and almost died) and also risks her own relationship with her evil parents to stand up for Britney – is just silly. I think her point about paying her own bills is that her parents never did her any favors. As soon as she earned a dime, she was supporting herself rather than her parents caretaking her until she was an adult. Britney could have picked Felicia, for instance. Her parents have used both the girls to bankroll their own lives. She’s saying that if Britney wants to do WHATEVER she wants to do, then more power to her (literally), while their parents have all sorts of reasons to keep her in chains.

    • Maria says:

      No. She has received money from Britney’s estate and her statement is essentially making fun of her sister and trying to absolve herself. If Britney felt Jamie Lynn was an ally she would have said so.

      • Louise says:

        Unless perhaps she didn’t want to alienate her parents from her sister further? Not all relationships are lived in public for our benefit. I think she sounds defensive because she is. She’s being attacked (see also: this commeht section)).

      • Maria says:

        “Alienate her sister from her parents”? This makes no sense. Britney has effectively been imprisoned.
        Jamie Lynn is not being attacked here in this comment section, she’s being taken to task for being dismissive and sarcastic about her sister’s struggles in this statement.
        As others have said, she has received payments of Britney’s income and has been silent until now and she seems to be more interested in clearing her own name than doing anything to help her sister.
        Britney said “my whole family” in her statement. Why shouldn’t we believe her?

  23. Holland S says:

    I don’t know enough about Jamie Lynn’s involvement to have an opinion. However, I do demand to know why her acting is so bad in that Netflix show. Really, really bad. I’ve never seen her act prior to that and I was confused as to how she ever had her own show.

  24. Anonymous says:

    @Maria: We don’t really know the dynamic between Britney and her sister. It’s very possible Jamie Lynn is also a victim of her parents. I think she might have gotten pregnant as a way to escape Britney’s fate. I think her message was poorly worded but not necessarily mean spirited. She made a point to say she is NOT her family. This statement acknowledges Britney is a victim of these people. She might not be the only one.

    • Maria says:

      Again, Britney said “her whole family”. Again, Britney’s money has gone to Jamie Lynn in the past.
      We do not need to know their dynamic to know this statement is rude and dismissive. She said nothing about Britney being a victim or what is happening to her, only stating that she isn’t as bad as the rest.
      Britney herself has said she is essentially being trafficked. She has undergone things like being drugged against her will and her reproductive choices have been stolen from her, so even Jamie Lynn having a baby at 16 is better than what Britney is going through since Jamie Lynn was allowed to make a choice. This statement is totally inadequate to the situation and their dynamic is irrelevant when it comes to this issue (even if to me it illuminates that dynamic a lot).

  25. Anonymous says:

    How much money has Jaime Lynn received from Britney?

  26. Serena says:

    Britney said her ‘whole family’, she would have excluded her sister otherwise and I’m just gonna believe what comes out from Britney’s own mouth, so she can stfu.

    Obviously we don’t know the situation but she has never spoken in favor of freeing her sister from her conservatorship, just said ‘Britney liked privacy’..yeah sure.
    Also this “If ending the conservatorship and flying to Mars or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy, I support that 100%”… seems incredibly disrespectful to me, Britney just wants basic rights: her money and to create her own family, it’s not so absurd.

  27. teehee says:

    She reminds me so much of Sarah Stiles.

  28. Amando says:

    I don’t think her statement helped anything. Britney emphatically stated that she does not trust her family. Jamie is part of that, obviously.

  29. Maria H says:

    Sorry this struck me as super condescending, as a sister ” I don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has done so many times before”

    Basically “I love you even if you’re stupid”

    Thanks sis, appreciate the support!