Jamie Lynn Spears breaks silence on Britney's conservatorship battle
Britney Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn has spoken out in support of the pop star, following last week’s bombshell court hearing.
The former Nickelodeon star came under fire from fans of her older sister after she failed to make a public statement in reaction to the powerful testimony Britney shared about her ongoing conservatorship, which she labeled as ‘abusive’.
However, Monday saw the Zoey 101 star break her silence as she addressed critics who claimed she was partly to blame for her sister’s current situation.
Taking to Instagram Story, the 30-year-old posted an emotional video stating: ‘I felt like until my sister could speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do.
‘But now that she’s very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feel I need to say. I think it’s extremely clear that since the day I was born that I’ve only loved adored and supported my sister.’
She continued: ‘This is my freakin’ big sister before any of this bulls**t. I don’t care if she wants to run away to the rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has so many times before.
‘I have nothing to gain or lose either way. This situation does not affect me either way because I am only her sister who is only concerned about her happiness. I’ve made a very conscious choice in my life to only participate in her life as her sister.’
Tears began to welling up in her eyes as she then explained why she’s been quiet on the topic of Britney in recent months.
‘Maybe I didn’t support her the way the public would like me to with a hashtag on a public platform. But I can assure I have supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after. Note that,’ the Sweet Magnolias star stressed. ‘I’ve worked since I was 9 years old, I’ve paid my own bills since I was 10 years old. Not that I owe the public anything because my sister knows I love and support her. That’s the only person I owe anything to.’
Jamie Lynn then added: ‘I’m not my family — I’m my own person. I’m speaking for myself. I’m so proud of her for using her voice. I am so proud of her for requesting new counsel.
‘If any of the conservatorship is flying to Mars or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy, I support that, 100%. Because I support my sister. I love my sister, always have, always will, as long as she’s happy. So let’s keep praying. That’s all.’
Jamie Lynn is the first family member to publically speak out in the aftermath of Britney’s devastating court testimonial, in which she described the conservatorship she’s been under since 2008 as ‘abusive’.
Since the global chart-topper revealed her unhappiness over the ‘traumatizing’ mental health-related order for the first time, which has put her father, Jamie Spears, in charge of her personal affairs and finances for the past 13 years, Britney has since taken to Instagram to apologise to her fans ‘for pretending like I’ve been ok’.
In her statement to the court, Britney declared that she ‘would honestly like to sue my family’ and accused them of ‘not do[ing] a goddamn thing’ to prevent the way her conservatorship has seen her treated, although it was not specified which family members in particular Britney was referencing.
Britney’s mother Lynne, 66, is said to be ‘a very concerned mother’, according to her lawyer, having heard her daughter’s testimony, while her ex-husband and Britney’s father Jamie Spears, 68, said in a statement read out in court by his lawyer Vivian Lee Thoreen that he was ‘sorry to see his daughter in so much pain’.
The Toxic hitmaker’s ex-husband Kevin Federline spoke out through his lawyer about wanting Britney to be ‘happy and healthy’ for the sake of their sons, Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, while Jamie Lynn’s husband Jamie Watson also shared a statement to the press.
The #FreeBritney movement and her fans have continued to remain vocals supports of the singer, and many of the star’s colleagues and friends also took to social media in an outpouring of love for Britney as she laid her true feelings bare, including ex Justin Timberlake and fellow music icon Mariah Carey.
Britney’s court-appointed lawyer is said to be discussing with the singer the issues of formally filing for termination of the conservatorship following the hearing, as well as the introduction of a private counsel to represent her.
The next court date is set for July 14 for a hearing regarding the estate’s accounting documents.
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