BRITNEY SPEARS may have finally freed herself from her father’s control, but her sister is determined to recall her troubled past.
In her new book Things I Should Have Said, Jamie Lynn Spears makes a series of shocking claims about the American singer, 40, including that Britney took a knife and locked them both in her room when Jamie Lynn was 12 years old. age.
Describing her sister as “paranoid and capricious”, Jamie Lynn, 30, claims in her memoir that she spent her teenage years “hiding Britney’s emotional episodes from world”.
She said the alleged knife incident happened shortly after Britney married first husband Jason Alexander, now 39, in 2004, in what Jamie Lynn called “a smoke of drugs”.
She wrote: “Once, she said to me, ‘Darling, I’m scared,’ and took a big knife from the kitchen, dragged me into the room and she locked us both in the house.”
The book sparked a war of words between the two sisters.
While Jamie Lynn was on American TV talk shows to promote it – telling Nightline that when Britney pulled out the knife, she was “scared” but too “frightened” to tell anyone. – Britney took to social media to respond.
This weekend, Britney angrily tweeted that her sister had “went to a whole new low”.
She wrote: “Please, please stop with these crazy lies to Hollywood books. Only scumbags make up such things.”
Jamie Lynn, mother of two girls Maddie, 13, and Ivey, three, also told how Britney once yelled at her.
When Jamie Lynn discussed some of her concerns about Britney’s mental health over the years on TV show Good Morning America last week, Britney accused her sister of taking advantage of her illness. she.
She wrote on Twitter: “My sister said my behavior was out of control. Fifteen years ago, she had never been so close to me, at the time. . . so why are they even talking about that unless she wants to sell a book at my expense? “
The Toxic singer, who is said to own the £730,000 condo flat in Florida that Jamie Lynn and her family often use, then dug deep: “She’s never had to work for anything. what. Everything is always given to her.”
The next day, Jamie shared a lengthy post on Instagram in which she claimed her family had received death threats over Britney’s “ambiguous 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 softer tone, telling her sister, “I love you unconditionally.”
But she added that what Jamie’s father did to her with a court-appointed conservatorship – which took most of her personal liberties but was eventually dissolved in November after 14 years – which “they don’t even do with criminals”.
Britney – mother of Sean, 17, and Jayden, 16, by her second husband and former backing dancer Kevin Federline, from whom she divorced in 2017 after three years of marriage – wrote that Jamie Lynn and her brother Their Bryan abandoned her when she needed them.
She added: “You guys did absolutely nothing YEARS ago!!!”
Britney congratulated Jamie Lynn for being “strong” in doing the interviews she dreaded, but also wrote: “Go ahead and say what you want. . . A family fighting openly like this is so upsetting!!! ”
The controversy reached a climax when Jamie Lynn published her book – which she claims was about her and not Britney – on US media.
The trouble started last June after Britney mentioned “my family” and “people who were supposed to help me” in her role as manager – which meant she was out of control. his £44 million fortune and is not allowed to marry fiancé Sam Asghari, 27, who is personal. coach that she has been dating since 2016.
Jamie Lynn writes in her book that the quote sparked a “hate that attacked and put me and my family in danger”.
She added: “Her referrals left me reeling. I once only had her back. From the very first days of challenging Britney, I protected her at every turn.”
She went on to explain how, despite being 10 years younger than Disney’s star-turned pop princess, Jamie Lynn knows how to “keep Britney’s emotional parts private from the world”.
She added that she and her brother Bryan, 44, have been “hurt” from exposure and “the dark side of fame”.
Jamie Lynn wrote: “I am not looking for pity. I want Britney and the world to know she’s not the only one left with scars from our early years of delinquency and manipulation.”
Given the huge age gap between the Spears sisters, Jamie Lynn explained that she sees Britney as a “model mother” and always wants her to “accept and accept”.
She wrote: “I just wanted to do whatever it took to stay in her kindness and allow myself to be manipulated for the rest of my life.”
Jamie Lynn followed Britney into showbiz, starring in the Nickelodeon sitcom Zoey 101 for three years until she became pregnant at the age of 16 in 2007.
She returned to the limelight in 2013 to launch a country music career, but her single and single EP failed to impress.
In 2020, she stars in the Netflix romantic drama series Sweet Magnolias, the second of which is due out next month.
Now, she says she’s only “allowed to follow my own dreams as long as they align with Britney’s”.
When Britney and American singer Justin Timberlake became a teen power couple in the late ’90s, Britney allowed her sister the label of a “third wheel”.
Jamie Lynn wrote: “I admire Justin. He’s not just my sister’s boyfriend. His relationship with Britney is the only relationship in my life that gives me a sense of stability.”
In contrast, she did not trust Britney’s former manager, Sam Lutfi, who arrived on the scene in 2007. Britney was subsequently issued two restraining orders against him.
Jamie Lynn wrote: “I told my mom ‘He’s scary and he makes my skin crawl’. I don’t want him near us. “
At the same time, Britney’s mental health deteriorated during her divorce from Federline, culminating in her hospitalization and guardianship.
Jamie Lynn, who was 17 when Britney started out as a manager, wrote: “From the very beginning, I believed that if I tried to let her know how worried I was for her health, I would. would also risk losing her sister’s respect and love.”
She admits she has been caught up in her own life and is convinced by her father Jamie, 69, and mother Lynne, 66, that Britney is fine.
“There are things I have said to keep my family’s name from being clouded by gossip, and other things I should say when I feel like something isn’t right,” she wrote.
However, in Britney’s eyes, that belated concern is the attempt to “sell a book at my expense”.
Jamie Lynn insists she is not taking part in the controversial conservatorship role. But despite this, she said she and husband Jamie Watson, 39, an electronics company boss, have been charged with “theft and neglect before the court of public opinion”.
Los Angeles-based attorney Lisa MacCarley was not surprised by the fall after conservatorship ended.
She told The Sun: “When these protective relationships go bad, they get really bad, and it’s often the case that family members turn their backs on each other, even on purpose. or unintentional.
“I know that Britney was ‘fired’ during her guardianship, and it’s likely that Jamie Lynn was too.”
However, one of Britney’s most fervent supporters, Brennen White, a spokesman for the #FreeBritney movement, has no sympathy for Jamie Lynn.
He said: “She is igniting the fire to drive sales of a book that no one would be interested in if it weren’t for her much more famous and successful sister.
“Jamie Lynn called Britney paranoid and twisted but she didn’t mention she was in an involuntary, abusive and hostile role – a takeover of her life.”
Regarding the future relationship between Britney and Jamie Lynn, Brennen is not optimistic about its direction.
“I believe it’s very unlikely to be healed,” he said.
- Things I Should Say, by Jamie Lynn Spears, published by Worthy Books on January 18.
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