“I Am Disgusted With Them”: The Spears Sisters Fire Social Media Statements Back and Forth
Britney Spears posted to Twitter a lengthy comment that addresses her sister Jamie Lynn Spears’s interview with ABC News on Wednesday ahead of the release of Jamie Lynn’s memoir, Things I Should Have Said. Jamie Lynn was the first Spears family member to give a sit-down interview since a Los Angeles court released the pop star from a 13-year conservatorship, headed up in part by her father, Jamie Spears, who controlled her career, financials, and movement.
Britney wrote, “The 2 things that did bother me that my sister said was how my behavior was out of control. 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 ???”
“Then where the lady mentioned why did she accuse you of doing remixes to her songs,” she added. “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 !!! If you were me, you might understand asking for 13 years for remixes to go into a small venue show and on tours !!!! 13 years later they assign me as the MOTHER OF ALL … heart of gold … Britney sitting there seeing a 15 minute performance of everything I have ever wanted.”
Jamie Lynn was on Nickelodeon’s All That cast, before she starred in Zoey 101. She took a break from acting when she became pregnant with her first daughter at 16, but got back into it years later with Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias. A major point of contention between the sisters, which Britney is referring to in her statement, was when Jamie Lynn performed remixed versions of her songs in the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards.
“I do remember asking my sister why she did that when she knew I was waiting to change my show and her only words were ‘Well it wasn’t my idea’… Hope your book does well, Jamie Lynn !!!!” Britney added. “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 !!!!”
Britney added that she would take a break from Instagram because she’s given “the media” and “this business” too much already.
In response, Jamie Lynn posted a statement to Instagram, in which she says her sister’s public statements don’t match the exchanges they have in private, and that her family is receiving death threats. “I hate to burst my sister’s bubble, but my book is not about her,” Jamie Lynn writes. “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,” she added. “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.”
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