In a series of Notes app screenshots posted to Twitter on Thursday, Britney Spears wrote about how she watched the interview, parts of which aired on both “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” while she had a 104-degree fever.
“It was actually kind of nice having a fever so high cause I had to surrender to not caring,” she wrote. Britney Spears then explained why she took issue with some of what her younger sister said in the interview, which was to promote her new memoir, “Things I Should Have Said.” This included Jamie Lynn Spears describing some of her past behavior as “erratic” and defending her tribute performance at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, during which she sang remixes of Britney Spears’ songs.
“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 ???” Britney Spears wrote. “Then where the lady mentioned why did she accuse you of doing remixes to her songs … I know it may sound like a silly thing to most people but I wrote a lot of my songs and my sister was the baby. She never had to work for anything. Everything was always given to her !!!”
Jamie Lynn Spears, who is 10 years younger than Britney Spears, rose to fame in the early 2000s after starring on the Nickelodeon series “All That,” which led to her own show, “Zoey 101.” After becoming pregnant with her first daughter at 16, Jamie Lynn Spears took a break from acting and moved out of L.A. to focus on her family. More recently, she has made a return to the small screen on Netflix’s “Sweet Magnolias.”
“Hope your book does well, Jamie Lynn !!!!” Britney Spears added, going on to write more about her family as a whole. “My family ruined my dreams 100 billion percent and try to make me look like the crazy one while I have a 104 fever, not being able to move in my bed !!!! My family loves to pull me down and hurt me always so I am disgusted with them !!!!”
During the interview, which was conducted by ABC News’ Juju Chang, Jamie Lynn Spears said she had always supported her older sister and tried to help her get out of the conservatorship.
“I’ve always been my sister’s biggest supporter,” she said. “So 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. If it’s going to cause this much discord, why continue it?”
Chang then asked Jamie Lynn Spears, “So you didn’t always agree with the conservatorship?”
“It wasn’t about agreeing with the conservatorship, everyone has a voice and it should be heard,” she said. “So if she wanted to talk to other people, then I did, I set that up. I even spoke to her legal team, who I– her legal team, previous legal team, and that did not end well in my favor. So 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.”
Jamie Lynn Spears grew emotional when discussing the rift between her and Britney Spears, which garnered renewed public attention when Britney Spears unfollowed Jamie Lynn Spears on Instagram recently.
“That love is still there, 100%. I love my sister,” Jamie Lynn Spears said. “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.”
Representatives for Jamie Lynn Spears and ABC did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
Although Britney Spears’ conservatorship was terminated in November, her legal battle is ongoing as questions remain regarding her family’s involvement and behavior during the arrangement. When she testified in June 2021, Britney Spears expressed her desire to pursue legal action against her family.
“I would honestly like to sue my family, to be totally honest with you,” she said. “I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them. I want to be able to be heard on what they did to me by making me keep this in for so long … I’ve been so angry and I cry every day. It concerns me. I’m told I’m not allowed to expose the people who did this to me.”
Read Britney Spears’ full post below.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 13, 2022
UPDATE: In a message posted to social media responding to Britney Spears’ statements, Jamie Lynn defended her decision to publish a book while also suggesting that what occurs “behind the scenes” doesn’t match what her older sister says publicly.
“Brit, I am always here,” Jamie Lynn wrote. “It’s become exhausting when conversations, and texts we have in private don’t match what you post on social media. I know you’re going through a lot and I never want to diminish that, but I also can’t diminish myself.” She also reveals that the family is getting death threats “as a result of their aunt’s vague and accusatory posts.”
Of “Things I Should Have Said,” Jamie Lynn added: “I hate to burst my sister’s bubble, but my book is not about her,” Jamie Lynn wrote. “I can’t help that I was born a Spears too, and that some of my experiences involve my sister. I’ve worked hard since before I was even a teenager, and I’ve built my career in spite of just being someone’s little sister.”
She ends the note with a desire to look ahead, not backwards. “I don’t want drama, but I’m speaking my truth to heal my traumas, so I can close this chapter and move forward, and I wish my sister could do the same,” Jamie Lynn wrote. “No matter what comes, I will always love my big sister, and be here for her. It’s time to put an end to the unhealthy chaos that has controlled my life for so long.”
Read the note here and in its entirety below:
Last thing I want to be doing is this, but here we are..
It’s hard to see these posts, as I know the world also feels. I just wish her well. Brit, I am always here, you know behind the scenes I have always been here. It’s become exhausting when conversations, and texts we have in private don’t match what you post on social media. I know you’re going through a lot and I never want to diminish that, but I also can’t diminish myself.
Quite frankly, the things being said are absolutely not the truth, and I have to clarify that, because now it’s getting harder for me to rationalize to my oldest daughter why our family continues to get death threats, as a result of their aunt’s vague and accusatory posts, especially when we know she could tell the truth, and put an end to all of it in one second if she wanted to. Sadly, after a lifetime of staying silent, I have come to realize this isn’t going to be a reality, and I may have to set the record straight myself in order to protect mine and my family’s well being.
That being said, 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. I’ve worked hard since before I was even a teenager, and I’ve built my career in spite of just being someone’s little sister.
There are no sides, and I don’t want drama, but I’m speaking my truth to heal my traumas, so I can close this chapter and move forward, and I wish my sister could do the same. No matter what comes, I will always love my big sister, and be here for her. It’s time to put an end to the unhealthy chaos that has controlled my life for so long.
Jamie Lynn Spears Watson
UPDATE: Britney Spears responded to Jamie Lynn’s Thursday night note on Friday morning, writing: “Jamie Lynn… congrats babe! You’ve stooped to a whole new level of LOW.”
Addressing Jamie Lynn’s claim during the ABC interview that Britney had locked them both in a room with a knife, Britney said, “I’ve never been around you ever with a knife or would I ever even think to do such !!! The only knife I ever saw you with at home was cutting the biggest pieces of squash I ever saw in my life and it was way too big for me to cut… So please please stop with these crazy lies for the Hollywood books !!! NOW and only NOW I do know only a scum person would make up such things about someone.”
Read Britney’s full post below.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 14, 2022