BRITNEY SPEARS may have finally freed herself from her father’s control, but her little sister is determined to remind her of her troubled past.
In bombshell’s new book Things I Should Have Said, Jamie Lynn Spears makes a series of shocking claims about the American singer, 40, including how Britney took a knife and locked them both inside a room when Jamie Lynn was only 12.
Jamie Lynn, 30, describes her sister as “paranoid and erratic”, and claims in the memoirs that she spent her teenage years “keeping Britney’s emotional episodes hidden from the world”.
She says the alleged knife incident happened shortly after Britney married the first man, Jason Alexander, now 39, in 2004, in what Jamie Lynn calls a “fog of substance”.
She writes, “Once she said to me, ‘Baby, I’m scared,’ and took a big knife from the kitchen, dragged me to my room, and she locked us both inside.”
The book has sparked a war of words between the two sisters.
While Jamie Lynn is touring in American TV chat shows to promote it – Nightline tells that when Britney pulled the knife, she was “scared” but too “scared” to tell anyone – Britney has gone to social media to fight back.
Over the weekend, Britney tweeted angrily that her sister had “bent to a whole new level of low-levelness.”
She wrote: “Please stop these crazy lies for the Hollywood books. Only a scum would come up with such things.”
Jamie Lynn, mother of girls Maddie, 13, and Ivey, three, also recounts how Britney once screamed in her face.
When Jamie Lynn discussed some of her concerns about Britney’s mental health over the years in the TV show Good Morning America last week, Britney accused her sister of exploiting her illness.
She wrote on Twitter: “My sister said my behavior was out of control. She was never near me 15 years ago at the time… So why are they talking about it at all unless she wants to sell one book at my expense? ”
The Toxic singer, who allegedly owns the £ 730,000 condominium in Florida that Jamie Lynn and her family often use, then did an excavation: “She never had to work for anything. Everything was always given to her.”
The following day, Jamie shared a long Instagram post in which she claimed that her family received death threats because of Britney’s “vague and accusing posts”.
She added: “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.”
Britney responded in a gentler tone, telling her sister, “I love you unconditionally.”
But she added that what Jamie’s father did to her with the court-appointed conservatory – which took most of her personal liberties but was finally dissolved in November after 14 years – was something “they do not even do against criminals”.
Britney – mother of Sean, 17, and Jayden, 16, of her second husband and former backing dancer Kevin Federline, whom she divorced in 2017 after three years of marriage – wrote that Jamie Lynn and their brother Bryan left her when she needed for them.
She added: “You did absolutely nothing BEFORE a year ago !!!”
Britney congratulated Jamie Lynn for “being strong” in conducting interviews she is too scared of, but also wrote: “Go ahead and say what you want … it’s so tacky for a family to fight in public this way !!! ”
The series has reached boiling point when Jamie Lynn publishes her book – which she insists is about her and not Britney – on the American media circuit.
Problems started in June last year after Britney mentioned “my family” and “those who should have helped me” during her conservatory – which meant she had no control over her £ 44 million fortune and was not allowed to marry fiance Sam Asghari, 27, the personal. coach she has been dating since 2016.
Jamie Lynn writes in his book that this statement triggered an “attack of hatred that put me and my family in danger”.
She adds: “Her references made me nervous. I have only ever had her back. From the earliest days of Britney’s challenges, I have protected her at every turn.”
She goes on to explain how Jamie Lynn, despite being ten years younger than the Disney star who became a pop princess, knew how to “keep Britney’s emotional episodes hidden from the world”.
She adds that she and brother Bryan, 44, have been “traumatized” from the exposure and “the back of fame”.
Jamie Lynn writes, “I’m not looking for pity. I want Britney and the world to know that she’s not the only one left with the scars of our early years of crime and manipulation.”
With the big age difference between the Spears sisters, Jamie Lynn explains that she saw Britney as a “mother figure” and always wanted her “approval and acceptance”.
She writes: “I would do almost anything to remain in her good grace and let myself be manipulated all my life.”
Jamie Lynn followed Britney into showbiz and starred in the Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101 for three years until she became pregnant at the age of 16 in 2007.
She returned to the spotlight in 2013 to launch a country music career, but her only single and EP made no impression.
In 2020, she was cast in the romantic Netflix drama Sweet Magnolias, whose second series is set to be released next month.
Now she says she was only “allowed to follow my own dreams as long as they were in line with Britneys”.
When Britney and American singer Justin Timberlake became a teenage power couple in the late nineties, Britney let her sister feel like a “third wheel”.
Jamie Lynn writes, “I loved Justin. He was not just my sister’s boyfriend. His relationship with Britney was the only thing in my life that gave me a sense of stability.”
In contrast, she distrusted Britney’s former manager Sam Lutfi, who came on stage in 2007. Britney was later given two restraining orders against him.
Jamie Lynn writes, “I told Mom, ‘He’s creepy, and he’s making my skin crawl.’ I did not want him near us. ‘
At the same time, Britney’s mental health deteriorated in the midst of her divorce from Federline, culminating in her being hospitalized and the conservatory being implemented.
Jamie Lynn, who was only 17 years old when the Britney Conservatory began, writes: “Early on, I thought that if I tried to tell her how worried I was about her well – being, I would also risk losing my sister’s respect and love. “
She admits she was entangled in her own life and was convinced by her father Jamie, 69, and mother Lynne, 66, that Britney was okay.
She writes: “There are things I said to keep my family’s name immaculate from gossip, and other things I should have said when I sensed something was wrong.”
In Britney’s eyes, however, such a delayed concern is an attempt to “sell a book at my expense”.
Jamie Lynn insists she did not attend the controversial conservatory. But despite this, she says she and her husband Jamie Watson, 39, an electronics business manager, have been charged with “theft and negligence in court in public opinion”.
Los Angeles-based attorney Lisa MacCarley is not surprised by the fallout after the conservatory closes.
She told The Sun: “When these conservatories get bad, they get really bad, and it’s often the case that family members are turned against each other, intentionally or unintentionally.
“I know Britney was ‘gaslighted’ throughout the conservatory, and it’s likely Jamie Lynn was too.”
Still, one of Britney’s most ardent supporters, Brennen White, a spokesman for the #FreeBritney movement, has no such sympathy for Jamie Lynn.
He said: “She is turning up to increase the sales of a book that no one would be interested in if it were not for her much more famous and successful sister.
“Jamie Lynn has called Britney paranoid and spiral, but she fails to mention that she was in an involuntary, abusive and hostile conservatory – a takeover of her life.”
As for the future relationship between Britney and Jamie Lynn, Brennen is not optimistic about the direction in which it seems to be going.
He said: “I think it is very unlikely that it will be cured.”
- Things I Should Have Said, by Jamie Lynn Spears, will be published by Worthy Books on January 18th.
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