Spears vs. Spears. Jamie Lynn Spears daughter, Maddie Briann Alridge, was almost put up for adoption by her father, Jamie Spears, before she was born.
According to excerpts of Jamie Lynn’s upcoming memoir, Things I Should Have Said, obtained by TMZ, Jamie Lynn was advised by her parents, which also includes her mother Lynne Spears, to terminate her pregnancy when she was 16 or put her baby up for adoption. “Everyone was certain that termination would be the best course of action,” Jamie Lynn writes. She also claimed that her team told her that that her pregnancy as a teenager would “kill” her “career.”
“[They] came to my room trying to convince me that having a baby at this point in my life was a terrible idea,” she wrote. “‘It will kill your career. You are just too young. You don’t know what you’re doing. There are pills you can take. We can help you take care of this problem…I know a doctor’….Everyone around me just wanted to make this ‘issue’ disappear.”
Jamie Lynn also claimed that her phone was taken from her so she couldn’t communicate with anyone outside her inner circle to keep the news of her pregnancy a secret. Jamie Lynn also alleged that she wasn’t even allowed to tell her older sister, Britney Spears, that she was pregnant. “I needed her more than ever and she wasn’t able to help me in my most vulnerable time,” she wrote. “To this day, the hurt of not being able to tell my sister myself still lingers.”
The Zoey 101 alum also wrote that she got into a fight with her father, Jamie, which included “slinging words and tossing insults,” when he pushed her to put her baby up for adoption. In the end, Jamie Lynn explained that her team agreed for OK! Magazine to exclusively break the news of her pregnancy and publish the first photos of her baby. Jamie Lynn wrote in the book that she and her mother went to a cabin in Connecticut to hide until the article came out. Jamie Lynn also revealed that the two spent Thanksgiving at the cabin, where “Momma wore her disappointment like her favorite jacket” over her pregnancy.
Jamie Lynn and her now ex-fiancé Casey Aldridge welcomed their daughter, Maddie, now 13, in June 2008. The former Nickelodeon star also has a daughter named Ivey, 3, with husband, Jamie Watson, whom she married in 2014.
In October 2021, Jamie Lynn announced in an Instagram post that she was set to publish her first book, titled Things I Should Have Said, in January 2022. “I can’t believe I finally finished writing my book!!! ‘THINGS I SHOULD HAVE SAID’ has been in the works for quite a longggg time now,” Jamie Lynn wrote at the time.
News of the book first came in July 2021 when Worthy Publishing, a branch of Hachette Book Group, announced that Jamie Lynn had a memoir in the works titled, I Must Confess: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out, which referenced Britney’s lyric, “I must confess, it’s killing me,” from her 1998 song, “…Baby One More Time.” After backlash from Britney’s fans, however, Jamie changed the title of her memoir from I Must Confess to Things I Should Have Said.
A source told E! News on October 14, 2021, that Britney feels “totally abandoned” after Jamie Lynn’s memoir announcement. “Britney is very, very angry and hurt,” the insider said. “She feels like Jamie Lynn totally abandoned her and let her down in the fight of her life. They were best friends and everything to each other for so long.” The source continued, “She asked for support, and feels like Jamie Lynn turned her back on her and couldn’t be bothered.”
An insider also told Hollywood Life on October 13, 23021, that Britney isn’t “interested in pursuing a relationship” with Jamie Lynn after her memoir announcement. “It’s sad to say, but Britney isn’t all that surprised that Jamie Lynn is using this opportunity with the media spotlight on their family to promote her own book,” the insider said. “Britney is continuously let down by her own family. It’s sad because Britney has a heart of gold. All she ever wanted was to support her family before [the conservatorship] began.”
The source continued, “What saddens Britney the most is that Jamie Lynn isn’t even using this opportunity to speak out in support of her. At this point, Britney is not interested in pursuing a relationship with her sister. And who could blame her?”
After Jamie Lynn’s memoir announcement, Britney took to her Instagram to shade her sister for almost using her lyric as the title of her tell-all. “Psssssss also great news … I’m thinking of releasing a book 📚 next year 😜 but I’m having issues coming up with a title so maybe my fans could help !!!! Option #1 … ‘Shit, I really don’t know’ Option #2 … ‘I really care what people think’ 😂🙄🤷🏼♀️ !!!!” What do you guys think 🤔🤔🤔 ????” Britney captioned a photo of her in a black dress.
In an Instagram post in July, Britney confirmed that she and Jamie Lynn were not in a good place after she expressed how hurt she was when Jamie Lynn performed a medley of her songs at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. “my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes,” Britney wrote. She continued, “My so-called support system hurt me deeply… This conservatorship killed my dreams…so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill…yet people still try!!!!”
The day before her post, Britney wrote about how betrayed by those “closest” to her during her conservatorship. “There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support,” she wrote. “There’s nothing worse than that!!!!”
She continued, “How dare the people you love the most say anything at all…did they even put a hand out to even lift me up at the TIME!!!??? How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE…did you put your hand out when I was drowning???? Again…NO.”
For more about Britney Spears, read her 2001 book, A Mother’s Gift. The semi-autobiographical fiction novel, which was co-written with Britney’s mother Lynne Spears, follows Holly Faye Lovell, a 14-year-old girl from the small town of Biscay, Mississippi, who has dreams of becoming a singer. When Holly becomes the youngest student ever to win a scholarship to the prestigious Haverty School of Music, she must make a choice of whether to leave her mother, Wanda, behind or pursue her dreams. As Holly starts her new life and makes posh new friends, she finds herself embarrassed by her mom and their humble background, as Wanda struggles with a long-hidden secret that could destroy her bond with her daughter forever.
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