Jamie Lynn Spears on Britney: ‘I’ve only ever tried to be helpful’


Jamie Lynn Spears’s memoir comes out next Tuesday. It’s called Things I Should Have Said. According to Jamie Lynn’s promo tour, she’s been writing this book since 2017, when her 13-year-old daughter Maddie was almost killed in an ATV accident. But I wonder if that title was decided recently. It seems a bit convenient now especially given that’s Jamie Lynn’s promo tour theme. And what she should have said, according to Jaime Lynn, is that she’s been supporting her older sister Britney this entire time, but she just never told us. Now that Britney is free and saying the opposite of what Jamie Lynn is trying to sell, Jamie Lynn has to “separate herself from her family” even though she’s only ever “love(d) and support(ed)” Britney.

Jamie Lynn Spears is opening up about her complicated family dynamic.

Ahead of the Jan. 18 release of her memoir Things I Should Have Said, the actress and country singer-songwriter, 30, addresses her relationship with her older sister Britney in the new issue of PEOPLE.

“I’ve only ever tried to be helpful, so any notion that says the contrary is just completely ridiculous,” Jamie Lynn, 30, says of her strained relationship with her sister, 40, who has repeatedly criticized her family on social media over the last six months.

For Jamie Lynn, “it was really important for me to separate myself from my family to focus on the family I’ve created, which is me, my husband and my daughters. Setting those boundaries in place was really important,” says the Sweet Magnolias actress, who is raising daughters Maddie, 13, and Ivey, 3, with husband Jamie Watson, 40. “I am not my family. I am my own person. I fought very hard and worked very hard to establish myself and to build the life that I have today.”

After years of trying to keep up appearances, Jamie Lynn is now quick to admit “no family is perfect.”

[From People]

I do believe there was little Jamie Lynn could do to help Britney when this all began. She was too young and too occupied with her newborn baby to know or do anything. However, Britney is intent on refuting Jamie Lynn’s claims that she has always been there for her sister. Maybe Britney sees anything short of actively fighting her father Jamie as a sign of aligning with him, but it seems like Britney has a specific complaint about each family member. It’s a hard call because Jamie Lynn’s admissions seem convenient now that she has a book to sell. But at the same time, this is when the conservatorship ended, and the claims were made so she has to address them.

It doesn’t help that Jaime Lynn’s comments about the conservatorship have been odd as well. She said she was asked to be a part of the conservatorship as an adult but that she “declined it nicely.” However, court documents show she was appointed trustee of Britney’s estate in 2018 even though People noted she “never filled the role.” So did Britney see Jamie Lynn’s name and assume she was profiting off her? Or is Jamie Lynn leaving something out? Jaime Lynn also claims she spoke to Britney’s old legal team about ending the conservatorship but that that discussion “did not go well.” If she was truly trying to end the conservatorship, working from the inside out would make sense. But that’s not the argument she’s making. She’s saying she was only a figurehead who didn’t know anything. Jamie Lynn’s latest claim is that she set up ways for Britney to get out of the conservatorship throughout the years. But she lays the blame for it not ending at Britney’s feet, saying, “I did take the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without — you know, she has to walk through the door.” If all that’s true, then she clearly knew there was something wrong with the conservatorship and never spoke out in Britney’s defense. I can’t decide whether Jamie Lynn is complicit or just really bad at defending her innocence.

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  1. Ainsley says:

    Maddie is 13, not 17 🙂

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      Right? Because otherwise Jamie Lynn would have had her at 13 and we all know she was 16.

  2. KFG says:

    She’s complicit and has been profiting from Brittany. I can’t wait for Brittany’s tell all with Oprah and her book.

    • L84Tea says:

      Exactly. She’s been conveniently coasting by on her sister’s money and fame–even singing her music in public. I think they’re all scared now because Britney’s about to blow the whole thing up and out them as the toxic con-artists that they all are.

    • shanaynay says:

      I can’t wait either. I would love to finally hear the truth. JLS is and has always been riding on her sister’s coat tails.

      Also, who would really be interested in JLS memoirs???? Certainly not me!

      • BothSidesNow says:

        Right! What has she done that is so earth shattering or poignant in her life. She has ridden on her sisters coat tails for decades but we are all curious about her life, hence the book. A book about a teen pregnancy. How earth shattering!!

    • minx says:

      I just remember my kids liked Zoey 101, so I saw a lot of her not-talented acting. She got everything because of her sister.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      This will blow up in her face.
      Even if Jamie tried and was shut down by their father she could have done more publicly. Unless, that would close off the funds to her. And we know Jamie controlled everyone with Britney’s money.

      Sounds like at best, she tried a little, but then gave up and worried about herself.

  3. Oh_Hey says:

    She needs to stop talking about this publicly because it’s just not going to end well for her image. If she has any type of career, this I’m the victim too thing is going to end it.

    I do get that both things (Jamie as a victim and Jamie as a beneficiary of the conservatorship grifting) can be true but her current spin on it is just too much.

    I think Jamie (Dad Spears) was probably terrible to both daughters but for Jaime (zoey 101) to say she didn’t benefit from Britney’s pain ins absurd. She’s named in the court papers as a trustee to the estate for god sakes. Also this interview was reportedly taped at Lou Taylor’s house. The Lou Taylor that masterminded the conservatorship.

    • Lurker25 says:

      Not enough attention is paid to Lou Taylor in all this. Lou could be setting Jamie Lynn up as the fall guy here (she’s literally set up this interview in her house), or using Jamie Lynn as a smokescreen.
      Someone saw an opportunity when Brittany the powerhouse money maker first caved under the intense pressure from tabloids, toxic MSM misogyny, child custody, etc.

      That someone realized the money maker’s family was a collection of small minded and stupid – drunk dad, pageant mom, vicious hillbilly masculinity (dad and son – check out Bryan’s interview about women in the family and how hard it is to keep them in line), inability to see a bigger picture (dad bragged to Brit’s early agent that she’d make sure much $$ she’d “buy him a boat!”)…. Easily used pawns to capture the queen.

      • MarineTheMachine says:

        Exactly! I would watch a Lou documentary right now rather than be talking about a meaningless interview with Jamie Who Spears.

  4. Haylie says:

    Seems like she’s still trying to profit off Britney and I don’t believe she was getting financial rewards for looking the other way.

    Jamie Lynn is disgusting.

    • Andrew's Nemesis says:

      Right? I find this posturing obscene. They’re like vultures picking over Britney’s carcass, still trying to profit from her while the main subject is still traumatised and shellshocked from thei relentless campaigns of cruelty.

    • minx says:

      They are leeches who were lucky to have one talented family member who lined their pockets. Jamie Lynn is average in every way.

    • Vavavoom says:

      Right! I mean, if she truly cared and felt an inkling of guilt for any of what transpired, she could have easily come to her defense, cancelled her book (or even postponed it because of optics), etc. and vocally supported her sister. But she didn’t and now it’s too late. I could have given her the benefit of the doubt that she was very young when this started, and that she, too was even afraid of her Dad and going against him and even losing whatever financial gain she had.. but there was a choice made a few months ago, and she made the wrong one.

  5. Elvie says:

    I feel bad for Jamie Lynn too and I’m sure she is still trying to deal with her own trauma. She became pregnant right before the conservatorship and her parents were also abusive to her and it feels like the sisters were intentionally separated and possibly turned against each other/fed lies about each other.

    Now JL is a 30 year old woman, I’m less impressed with her explanations and it does sound like she is blaming Britney to absolve herself which is not good and she was most likely receiving Britney’s money to keep her on her parents side. At this point, she just needs to stop talking.

    • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

      I listened to the Toxic podcast and was struck by the thought That Jamie Lynn in her late 20s was still kind of young to expect that she would 1) be able to be a trustee for a conservatorship as large and complicated as Britney’s and 2) expect that she would be able to stand up to her abusive father 3) extricate herself from the relationship that was set up for her with Lou Taylor and 4) do the work on herself to understand how all of this meant that she does profit from her sister and what she could have done to help more. I hope that she does the work to understand this but in the meantime I have some grace for Jamie Lynn because the circumstances are tough.

      By the way I am coming at this from the POV of being the executor of my own mother’s estate at 28. I am a lawyer and it was still extremely difficult to deal with my grief, myjob, my new spouse, and executing a fairly simple estate. My sister is much younger and I still cringe at some of the advice I gave her (like hanging onto a house that she couldn’t handle because I was thinking of the resale value and didn’t realize how hard it would be to manage). That’s not to say that Jamie Lynn shouldn’t have refused if she couldn’t handle it, just that she may need some time and introspection to own her mistakes.

      The part that bugs me is the decision to publish a book now. I get Kaiser’s point that she may think she will be ruined if she doesn’t put her side out now, but man this is a missteps if you don’t want to be seen as riding on your sister’s coattails and profiting off her misfortunes. I wonder when she signed the book deal — was it before the Free Britney movement blew up?

      • jwoolman says:

        I think Jamie Lynn started writing the book after her daughter (then 13) nearly died in an accident. They thought she was dead when she was placed in the ambulance but a faint pulse was found. It wasn’t a quick or certain recovery. So if that timeline is correct, it may have been therapy. It wasn’t just a recent decision and written in a few weeks by a ghost writer.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      It does sound like she’s blaming Britney. As if Jamie gave Britney an absolute escape, but Britney refused. I’m curious as hell about the details of that!
      End of the day Jamie could have refused to sing Britney’s songs as an act of solidarity. Not used her father for future business dealings or simply not blamed her sister for being kept an abused prisoner by their father.

  6. TigerMcQueen says:

    If Jamie Lynn were serious about knowing things in the conservatorship were wrong, she would’ve spoken up publicly. But she didn’t, because Jamie “I stay at the Ritz” Lynn was more concerned about the perks of being a Spears than she was for her sister.

    • mindy_dopple says:

      As other people have noted here – her original title for the book was a famous Britney lyric. “I must confess”. She’s used the property and other perks from the conservatorship and I highly doubt she turned down any money that came her way. She may have absolved herself by thinking it came from her dad’s own money but he was taking from Britney’s accounts. I don’t know what she could have done but maybe listen to her sister and with the money she took – perhaps have hired an independent legal team for Britney. It’s messy but I’m inclined to believe Britney’s own account over anything that comes out of a Jamie or a Lynn.

  7. Noki says:

    The original title of Jamies Lynns book was ‘I must Confess’ taken from a Britney song. I guess she changed after getting dragged.

    • Lexilla says:

      Was just coming in to say that. We know the new title is recent because she had to change it after the backlash.

  8. Sinead says:

    I read somewhere that the book was originally called ‘I must confess’ so yep she was trying to profit from one of Britney’s most famous lyrics

  9. Chaine says:

    I’m not even going to watch or read what she has to say. Her entire life and career has been on Britney’s coattails and this is just another example, putting out a book to capitalize on the ending of the conservatorship.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yep – she (JL) apparently did a live show were she performed some of Britney’s hits.

  10. BugsMalone says:

    Jamie Lynn is only 30 years old. She was raised with the same crazy, manipulative, domineering parents that Britney was. Who knows what her parents did and said to keep Jamie under their thumb? I don’t see why people want to give Britney all the sympathy in the world and then totally sh*t on her YOUNGER sister for not doing enough? We have no idea what the dynamic was or what went on behind closed doors. Jamie was basically a child for a lot of this, with problems of her own.

    • Robyn says:

      That’s true…but it’s not the same kettle of fish. Britney had zero control over her own personhood for 13 years (of which JL was legally an adult for nearly 12) so of COURSE she gets all the sympathy in the world. Jamie Lynn profited from the conservatorship. She’s both a victim of the same “parenting” and a complicit abuser.

    • Tanguerita says:

      she is not a child anymore, is she? it’s not just about her “not doing enough” back then, but also about her still trying to grift off her sister?

    • Serena says:

      It’s not people assuming, Britney herself exposed her sister for not helping and profiting off her and I definitely believe her.

      • Emma says:

        Yes. Britney has been clear about Jamie Lynn. Britney is the one who was injured and lost over a decade of her life to this criminal ploy. Jamie Lynn was a free adult woman. I don’t know what she is actually saying she knew or did but it doesn’t sound like she actually did anything to help Britney.

    • Em says:

      I have a great deal of sympathy for Jamie Lynn in all this. Obviously to a lesser degree than Britney, but she’s a victim of child stardom, parental neglect, and under education as well. Add in a teen pregnancy under questionable circumstance, and at no point did she have the tools or power to stop the Britney machine at 16 OR 29. Was she complicit? Did she enjoy the perks? Probably, but I don’t believe she’s to blame for what happened to Britney.

      (That being said, I wish she’d STFU about and just be a regular softball mom in Louisiana with her little family and poor acting skills.)

    • February pisces says:

      I’m the youngest in my family and when your the baby, your always treated like the baby no matter how old you get, and sometimes your voice isn’t heard or opinion respected as much. That family dynamic doesn’t change when you legally become an adult. However I think with Jamie lynne the problem was her father bought her off. He made sure the rest of the family got their cheques so that they would remain quiet and stay on his side.

      Jamie lynne had a choice and it was either Britney or money. I imagine if JL ever did try to help Britney, their father would have threatened JL and tell her he would cut her off. But I think the real villains are her parents, especially her dad. He used his position to beat everyone into submission. If the dad could make Britney work n perform against her will, then I imagine he would have similar control over JL too, especially if he’s bank rolling her with Britney’s money.

      It just sucks for Britney as she genuinely loved and adored her little sister. She was completely alone in this battle with no one to support her.

    • Sophia says:

      I totally agree. It’s so easy for outsiders to judge Jamie Lynn for not doing more, but we don’t know what it was like for her growing up in that family. Jamie Sr. was probably just as controlling and abusive to her as he was Britney. Also, despite everything terrible and wrong that happened to her, Britney does have legitimate mental health issues so we have no idea what it may have been like for Janie Lynn to try to help her. I’m sure anyone here who has a family member with mental illness can understand that you can’t just swoop in a “save” someone.

      • Serena says:

        We don’t even know if Britney really has some mental illness or it was just a breakdown due to depression etc, it definetely was a ploy to use and control her of that I’m sure. Never said JL is responsible for the conservatorship, of course she didn’t have any means to stop that, but that being said she never showed any sympathy for her sister or helped her in anyway (‘I tried’ doesn’t cut it for me, I think it’s bs), not even when she was free or about to – all she cared/s was about covering her own ass when people started pointing fingers. Oh and publishing a book about her side as soon as Britney was free, real loving sister here. Please.

  11. Digital Unicorn says:

    She and her family most def profited off Britney, no way she can her husband make enough to life the lifestyle they have – she tried to claim a Britney owned condo in Florida as hers.

    There is tea and a paper trail which at some point will be made public – the entire Spears family will go down in flames alongside Lou Taylor and the rest.

    Once the audit of Brit’s estate has been done – lawsuits will fall from the sky. Brit has been very clear that she intends to sue the lot of them.

    • Merricat says:

      +1. Let the chips fall. Let’s have the facts, rather than J.L.’s assurance that she left a trail of breadcrumbs for Britney to follow to freedom.

  12. Lauren Too says:

    She has built a career for herself using her sister’s name. She should and could have done more for her.

  13. BaronSamedi says:

    Eh. I feel for her. I mean she was raised in the exact same circumstances Britney was, got the same child star treatment and had the exact same abusive parents. It feels a little disingenious to act as if she should have all things figured out and fought for her sister just because she didn’t develop mental health issues as debilitating as Britney.

    Also, let’s be honest. Neither of these girls are very bright, probably never finished high school. So I am honestly wondering what she could have done. Sure she probably profited off of Britney in some way early on but she had her own show and career. She has her own money.

    It just feels convenient to blame the younger sister for something Papa Spears clearly orchestrated and controlled. Also we have seen how the judicial system was no help to Britney or people in conservatorships in general. I don’t see how, even if she had gone public the conservatorship would have ended any faster. Yes the public pressure helped but in the end a judge is always going to decide on the law – Britney needed a lawyer taking this on and taking it seriously. Not her little sister.

    • girl_ninja says:

      There is enough blame to go around. She DID profit from her sister being bound and gagged financially by her father for so many years. If she was so concerned why not speak up about it and fight harder on her sisters behalf? Since she intends on making money from a book because of her sister’s fame, this is what she is left with.

    • Robyn says:

      I don’t think anyone is shifting blame from Daddy Spears to JL. Instead, she’s being called out on her complicity into the abuse her sister has suffered and profited from it – she’s responsible for her own actions and inaction.

    • Serena says:

      JL did only one show for a few years, thanks to her sister name, pretty sure she wouldn’t have much left of that. Beyond that nothing, so no she didn’t get the same treatment Britney got and she definetely lived off her money -even was bffs with Lou Taylor.
      She might not be very bright but she is definetely cunning.

      • Erinn says:

        She was shuffled into the industry at like 9. And she worked on TWO Dan Schneider shows. She did not live the same life as Britney but I don’t doubt for a minute that she’s plenty messed up from that childhood. It’s the same insane, horrible parents.

        She didn’t even get her own name! They were so self obsessed that they named her after each of themselves. And then she grew up in Britney’s shadow on top of it – Britney was their money maker – I’m sure they put a lot of pressure on her to be a second source of income and I don’t doubt they made their disappointment clear when she didn’t gain that kind of success.

        She should have done more in the last few years – especially recently, but I do think this family has successfully destroyed both of their children in different ways, and it’s easy for us to all watch as a third party observer and say what should have been done. The smartest thing she could have done was shut up, though. She’s not doing herself any favors.

    • superashes says:

      I totally agree with you. I don’t see what type of action Jamie Lynn ever could have taken that would have helped, such that her being inactive makes her complicit, though I realize everyone else here disagrees. She was raised by the same abusive parents, went through the child stardom machine as a teenager, she got pregnant at 17 and had to basically figure her shit out completely on her own with a baby.

      And, honestly, I do read this as blame shifting. It seems like every time there is a woman that is proximate to a man’s abuse, society likes to dump on them for not taking responsibility for fixing the situation, but how was this ever her responsibility in the first place as a younger sibling? How about Jason Trawick? He was engaged to her for years and did nothing, and was much more directly profiting from her career as her agent.

      It is like total crickets where he is concerned.

      • Anne says:

        Jamie Lynn is also a victim of her parents, but that doesn’t absolve her. I don’t think anyone thinks that she alone could have fixed the situation, but she could have done SOMETHING — i.e. spoken publicly about the conservatorship or reported Jamie to state authorities.

        Also — victims can also be abusers. Not that I think JL “abused” Britney, but she was complicit. Just because she didn’t actively participate in Jamie’s shenanigans; she didn’t do anything. Giving Britney some “numbers” is not helping — what was she supposed to do? She wasn’t even allowed to have her own phone and when she used the one they gave her, it was TAPPED.

        And now she is actively harming Britney — gaslighting her (“I don’t know why she would be upset about me singing her songs at an awards show”) and talking IN DETAIL about Britney’s psychotic episodes in her new book that she’s shilling. That is NOT “supporting” and “loving” behavior.

        It’s INCREDIBLY effed up to discuss Britney’s mental health issues/episodes without her permission AND write it in a way that positions her (JL) as a victim. I just read excerpts and it’s shocking to me that JL would reveal such intimate details about someone else’s mental breakdown.

        I have a family member who is bipolar and I get it — it’s hard to be a sibling of someone with serious mental health issues. It’s hard not to feel like no one is seeing you and that your sibling is getting all the “attention.” JL deserved better help and support than she obviously got, but that’s her parents’ fault, not Britney’s.

        You know what’s also hard? Being bipolar and having ZERO say or control of your own life and body.

      • superashes says:

        So when is the point at which Jamie Lynn is entitled, in your opinion, to speak about her own lived experiences and trauma?

      • Serena says:

        Well, I never said she hasn’t mental health issues and traumas from her past and I’m sure she does but that does not excuse her behaviour towards Britney. So no, she doesn’t get a pass for that. And getting out a book to talk about her struggles NOW? There’s a thing called timing and compassion, instead she’s trying to get her version of events out before Britney does to look good. And all she did was dismiss, gaslight and strenghten the image of ‘out of control Britney’ while living off in her condo and probably money and being bffs with one of her abusers (LT), so again NO she doesn’t get a pass. She’s not 16yo anymore, she doesn’t need any coddling, and while I’m sorry for her personal traumas etc it doesn’t excuse her for this behaviour and the whole nothing she did to help her sister.

        Also, nobody talks about Jason Trawick, I guess, because he went away and kept his mouth shout. He should definetely be held accountable too..

    • damejudi says:

      Being raised by her awful parents, exposed to the machinations of making Britney a star, then propelled into the entertainment world herself as a tween-yikes.

      My thinking is that Jamie Lynn doesn’t have much of a moral compass-the old Dr. Phil “you learn what you live.”

      But now, right now, she should be taking steps to get therapy to try to break down what’s what in the world vs. the Spears’ controlled existence. Don’t try to cash in with a memoir.

  14. KBeth says:

    Her memoir? She isn’t especially compelling, who is going to read this?

    • BeanieBean says:

      Claire and Ashley. They read these celebrity memoirs so we don’t have to. (Celebrity Memoir Book Club podcast.)

  15. Cee says:

    If my sister was in Britney’s place I’d be very vocal about it. As in, I’d scream about it to anyone willing to hear me. I wouldn’t use her properties as vacation spots not agree for my name to be on any kind of document depriving her of her freedom and basic human rights.

  16. Lizzie says:

    At the least Britney’s sister lived a very nice life off of her sisters money. Maybe Brittney didn’t appreciate her sister living well on her money while she couldn’t even get a pedicure.

  17. C_LaLa says:

    OMG, I actually have additional info 🙂

    JLs book was originally supposed to be called: “I must confess: …” and then something something. But she got a huge backlash from people online, specifically the free britney movement, because she would -once again- be profiting off her sister. So she changed the title.

    I also believe that, during britneys conservatorship, britneys estate has payed for all flights for JL, maybe vacations and an apartment in Florida. So apparently Britney has been funding her expenses, even if her estate did not give her a salary per say…

    And I believe the whole tribute thing, where she sang ’till the world end, is about JL getting to do a remix of the song. Because apparently the conservatorship, or Jamie, would not let Britney have artistic freedom with how she should perform her own songs, so she never got to use any remixes…

    Sources: the book title, I read about on several gossip sites, the funding of JL is from several #freebritney posts in my recommendations, so take that as you will, and the remix thing is from britneys own posts 🙂

  18. Amy Bee says:

    Nah, she was living off Britney’s money. She’s complicit and Britney’s right to be mad at her.

  19. lucy2 says:

    Even her expression in the cover photo looks like “Welp, what can you do?”

    I have mixed feelings on her. She was pushed down the same path as Britney to make her a star too, and it’s clear the parents in this family were…not great. I don’t blame her for bailing to an extent, and focusing on her own family once she had a baby, but at the same time, she was aware of at least some of the abuses her sister was enduring. She could have done much, much more. It all fell apart once the details became public – that’s something JL could have done years ago, gone to the media and said “this is what they’re doing to Britney” but she didn’t. Loyalty to her parents? Fear of her parents? Or fear of losing the gravy train of Britney’s millions?

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Lets not forget that JL has been or was being managed by Lou Taylor – who pretty much ran the conservatorship with Jamie. JL was in it up to her neck, just like the rest of the family. The brother and mother have also been fleecing the estate for ‘expenses’.

  20. Winoforever says:

    LOL SHE FILMED THAT INTERVIEW IN LOU TAYLOR’S HOUSE! They are the worst kind of people.

  21. Serena says:

    Please she is so complicit, she was profiting from Britney too.

    “I’ve only ever tried to be helpful, so any notion that says the contrary is just completely ridiculous,” ..when the person you supposerly tried to help says the opposite, it means you’re just full of bs.

    JLS came off as plainly RUDE when speaking of Brit’s situation and if by helping she means this “I did take the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without — you know, she has to walk through the door” than she can gtfo. That sounds like victim blaming to me, we all know Britney wasn’t allowed to do anything alone, was drugged etc.
    Sounds to me like the situation was convenient for JLS $ and she decided to wash her hands off it, then came back crying because people were accusing her.

    The audacity of this woman, istg..

  22. Jess says:

    Well, calling Britney’s claims “ridiculous” is not a good look, it’s gaslighting actually. If she wants to apologize and move forward with her sister this isn’t how you do it.

  23. Case says:

    I realize Jamie Lynn was young when Britney entered the conservatorship and it’s not her fault. BUT she hugely benefited from it, and never advocated for her sister once she was old enough to understand what was going on.

    Britney was in this situation for 13 YEARS! A loving, concerned sister wouldn’t stand for that, and I don’t blame Britney for being angry with her.

  24. WhoElse says:

    She’s a thief. Plain and simple. An untalented thief who is obsessed with her older sister’s superior talent and fame, and always wanted them for herself. She saw a chance, when her father stole Britney’s life, to “fix” her teen pregnancy and have the a-list life she “deserved”. If she could have offed Britney and gotten plastic surgery to replace her, she would probably have done it.

  25. WhoElse says:

    Jamie LYIN’ Spears, more like.

  26. Jules says:

    Playing the victim continues to be the tried and true script that every celeb loves to play.

  27. jferber says:

    What a liar she is. I believe Britney any day over the duplicitous Jamie Lynn. She’s trying to play the innocent little sister and that just doesn’t work.

  28. Winnie Cooper’s Mom says:

    She wants to repair her relationship w Britney, but then goes and writes a tell all book? This is sick behavior. JL would NEVER have gotten the Zoe 101 show without being Britney’s sister. She never would have had any spotlight or entertainment career. She is a horrific actress. I tried watching that cringey Sweet Magnolia show on Netflix and my god her acting is embarrassing. JL would have nothing without her sister and would likely lead a very simple life if she hadn’t been able to cash in off Britney. She ought to be ashamed writing a book that gaslights Britney after milking that relationship for every penny all these years.

  29. pyritedigger says:

    When I was a teenager my manipulative, abusive father made me the vice-president of some shell company he was using to avoid paying taxes and opened lines of credit in my name without my knowledge. JL could have fought harder for her sister but I’m sure she wasn’t in control of a lot of stuff and probably has be trained from a young age to cow to the wishes of her domineering father. (My own sister does it still).

  30. Mireille says:

    Oh yes, she was waaaay too young, naive, and caught up in her own life, to lend a hand to Britney all these years.

    But she wasn’t young and naive when she accepted a role overseeing Britney’s children’s trust fund. She wasn’t young and naive when she tried to have money from the trust fund funneled into an investment management company with ties to whack job Lou Taylor. She wasn’t young and naive when she spent vacation time at a condo belonging to Britney, claiming it as her own, while her sister was forcibly put under lockdown at a mental health facility.

    During the interview, she made vague comments about trying to end the conservatorship — she’s a liar. I would have liked the interviewer to have drill down deeper and asked what exact steps did she take? Hold people accountable for their words and actions. So damn tired of people getting away with shit.

    She may not have been complicit in putting Britney in a conservatorship, but she was damn well old enough to play along and take advantage. Jamie Lynn needs to STFU and STFD.

  31. Hmtttt says:

    I just noticed that Jamie Lynn did not like a single post of Britney’s on Instagram until around the time we all knew she was going to get free, very interesting. And, I feel the same way as what some of you have shared. I have two sisters and if this ever happened to either of them I would scream to the mountain tops that because my sister has at times struggled with her mental health ( who amongst us hasn’t ) that essentially she’s been jailed with all of her human rights taken away!!

  32. Chrissyms says:

    JL grew up in the same toxic abusive household that Britney did. I am not here for people blaming her for her parents terrible parenting decisions. She is a victim also. Nobody was able to help Britney for years. Why do we assume that Jamie Lynn who was also likely in a toxic situation with her mother and father would really be able to do anything either? The narrative is gross to me.

    • DianaB says:

      We don’t assume anything. The evidence speaks for itself. She kept quiet for her own benefit; she’s besties with that demented woman Lou Taylor who stalked britney and masterminded the whole sordid conservatorship and has profitted from it. She claimed Britney’s property as her own and got called out for it and she refussed to speak publicaly about her sister’s situation even when Britney’s fans asked why she didn’t. Like another comenter said, there is plenty blame to go around. Jaime (father) is a monster and Jaime (daughter) is a leech. Her touting this book to still ride on Britney’s back is gross.

    • TigerMcQueen says:

      A lot of commenters, including myself, aren’t blaming JL for her parents’ decisions. She’s mostly being called out for willingly taking advantage of the situation and for continuing to have a relationship with Lou Taylor despite knowing at this point what the conservatorship was doing to her sister (which makes her ‘I tried to help Britney really!’ stuff now beyond disingenuous). She can be a victim of her parents’ toxicity and also (as an adult) be complicit in Britney’s abuse. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.

    • Robyn says:

      Well, she’s 30 now, Britney is free, and she’s STILL trying make a buck off of her while blaming the victim. No excuses now.

    • superashes says:

      FWIW the narrative is gross to me too. I think both of the sisters were severely damaged and manipulated and abused by their parents and other adults in their orbit and eventually an entire business machine. It makes sense that Britney would lash out at Jamie Lynn and that Jamie Lynn would seemingly be more hands off with Britney since I think the parents pretty much estranged them from one another and Britney’s experience was nothing if not a giant flashing warning sign to Jamie Lynn who was always reminded she was much more forgettable than Britney.

      I remember the disclosure from last fall that when Jamie Lynn was pregnant her parents basically sat her in a room and tried to force her into getting an abortion for several days and cut off her contact to Britney completely and took her phone away. Britney found out in the magazines like everyone else, after Jamie was hauled off to Connecticut.

      It is just such an effed up situation on so many levels it really isn’t realistic to paint a typical sibling experience on either of them. Their father was pretty much a monster.

    • Still_Sarah says:

      Is she dodging blame? Yes. But also remember that JL was a mother at 16 and it was rumored that her baby daddy Casey (18) was a cover for an older man who worked on her show Zoey 101. So she was likely a victim of statutory rape by a man who had a lot of power over her and then had her parents cover it up rather than ruin her “career” or their public image. She has almost no education and not many work-related skills really. I do believe that JL is releasing her book now as the conservatorship is over, the sh*t is about to hit the fan and her income stream from Britney-related sources is about to end. But she was victimized within that family too.

  33. Elo says:

    She took advantage.
    She always had one option- that was to leak it to the press. She chose not to because she cared more about not sinking the ship than she did about her sister.

  34. Flffgrrrlr says:

    Wasn’t she living in Britney’s summer house and referring to it as her own? When the father had seized control of Britney’s assets & Britney couldn’t visit it…? And she performed Britney’s songs at some awards (VMAs?) without Britney’s consent? She benefitted from getting to treat Britney’s stuff as her own, like the rest of their family. She’s an adult. She doesn’t get a free pass.

  35. shanaynay says:

    JLS says….
    Britney Was ‘Erratic, Paranoid, Spiraling’ … But I’m Not Going to Judge Her Mental State. She is providing personal information about her sister just to sell her memoirs. JLS is still trying to profit off of her sister. I think she is just as bad as their parents are. Shame on her!!!!

  36. LadySwampwitchGivsneaufux says:

    This b*tch is totally complicit. She just tried to draw an equivalence between her “pain” and her sister being trafficked and held hostage for 13 years. I am not sorry to say I have no compassion for her. She ran over kittens! She is a sociopath. I listened to her bs interview and she is a lying liar. F*ck her pain. She can go f*ck herself. I am so mad that she is doing this.

  37. AmelieOriginal says:

    Jamie Lynn has nothing to do with the conservatorship being put in place, that’s for sure. She was 16 going in 17 and she was pregnant at the time. I doubt she paid much attention to what her sister was going through while she gave birth, got used to being a new mom, and broke up with her ex-fiancé, the father of her first kid (he’s no prize, he’s been arrested for drug possession, a DUI, and burglary). I think people forget that Britney is 10 years older than Jamie Lynn and so there is a huge age gap there.

    As she got older, it does seem like she was involved to some extent in the conservatorship but I wonder if she understood the extent of what she was doing. I am not giving her a pass, I’m sure she’s culpable to a degree and definitely profited off Britney’s money through her father. But I do wonder how much Jamie Lynn got to see her sister with her father controlling most of the access. Had she spoken up, I do believe Jamie (dad) would have cut her out of her sister’s life and cut her off from the money (Jamie cut off anyone who tried to help Britney so I don’t see why Jamie Lynn would be any exception). I don’t think it’s a black and white situation, I think there are various shades of gray. Britney is justifiably angry at her entire family for keeping her in a conservatorship for over a decade. Jamie Lynn is most likely guilty of profiting off her large estate, most definitely. I doubt she wanted her sister to stay in a conservatorship but I also don’t think she wanted to lose access to the money or piss her dad off and upset the status quo. She has two kids to pay for and she didn’t do all that much for most of the past decade, she only recently started doing that Netflix show. Also the book was supposed to be called “I must confess” after the lyric in Hit Me Baby One More TIme, Britney’s first hit before it was renamed. So she is definitely guilty of cashing in on her sister’s fame to sell the stupid book. So she is complicit but the lion’s share of the blame for the conservatorship is due to Jamie and Lynn Spears, the parents (who were so egocentric they had to name their daughter after both themselves to make it all the more confusing).

    • superashes says:

      I think this is the right take. Is there an element of complicity in that she had some financial benefit without the defense of youth in the later years of the conservatorship, sure. But the blowback on her I think is completely and utterly disproportionate to her role in this situation. I would have thought, if anyone was getting this type of response, it would have been Jason Trawick who was Briney’s fiancee and in a relationship with her for several years, at some times serving as her agent. He did absolutely nothing for her whatsoever, and was much more directly profiting from her from what I understand.

  38. canichangemyname says:

    She was a kid when all of this with Britney first happened, so I’m not without sympathy. That being said, this seems like something maybe she should try to take to her sister BEFORE trying to make money off of it.

  39. Mimi says:

    The gravy train has ended so let’s do an interview for the world to see and profit off of that! #trash oh also Britney wrote Jamie Lynn never had to work for anything #true