1. Jamie Lynn Spears


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Who is she?

  • Nickelodeon child star
  • Younger sister of Britney Spears
  • Famously became pregnant at 16

Our Sources

Things I Should Have Said by Jamie Lynn Spears

Jamie Lynn Spears’ two-part interview on Call Her Daddy (Part 1 and Part 2)

Good Morning America interview – Jamie Lynn Spears

Celebrity Book Club with Chelsea Devantez – The Jamie Lynn Episode


  • April 4, 1991 – Born to Jamie and Lynne Spears (Britney 9, Bryan about to turn 14)
  • 1992 – Britney appears on Star Search
  • 1993-1996 – Britney is on Mickey Mouse Club
  • 1998 – Baby One More Time released
  • 1998-2002 – on and off tour with Britney. When not on tour, staying out of her home with friends.
  • 2002-2004 – Jamie Lynn on All That on Nickelodeon
  • 2005-2008 – Zooey 101 (ended filming in summer 2007)
  • September 2007 – gets pregnant
  • Winter 2007-2008 – Attempted emancipation, moves out to Liberty, MS
  • June 19, 2008 – Maddie born
  • Jamie Lynn from September 2007-December 2009
    • Gets pregnant at 16
    • Sequestered in a cabin in New England
    • Story sold to OK Magazine (not even People)
    • Tries to force relationship with Casey (Casper in the book)
    • Threatens emancipation
    • Buys a house and moves out on her own
    • Gives birth at 17
    • Deals with constant cheating rumors and substance abuse issues with baby daddy
    • Has two surgeries, plus recovery
    • Baby daddy gets into a car wreck with life threatening injuries – she stays with him and helps to nurse him back to health, he becomes dependent on painkillers
    • Through all of this, she is aged 16-18!!!! A child.
  • Britney from September 2006-2008
    • Gives birth to second son in one year via C-section
    • Husband cheating rumor
    • Files for divorce (November 2006)
    • Checks into rehab and out next day (February 2007)
    • Shaves head
    • Divorce finalized
    • Loses custody of her kids (Oct 2007 – exactly when JL is hidden in Cabin)
    • Visitation with kids suspended (kids are only 1 and 2 years old – January 2008)
    • In psych ward (January-February 2008)
    • Conservatorship established in exchange for visitation with her kids (February 2008)
  • 2008-2011 – on and off with Casey
  • 2009-2012 – on and off with Jamie Watson
  • 2011 – moves to Nashville, TN to pursue a country music career (originally, primarily in writing)
  • March 2013 – engaged to Jamie Watson
  • March 2014 – marries Jamie Watson and goes on tour
  • May 2014 – releases a country album called, The Journey
  • 2015-2017 -writing career in Nashville (I got the Boy by Jana Kramer – only song we’ve heard of)
  • February 2017 – Maddie’s ATV accident and near death experience
  • April 2018 – gives birth to second child Ivey
  • 2018 – Jamie Lynn and Lynne convert to Catholicism
  • 2019 – cast in Sweet Magnolias
  • May 2020 – Season 1 of Sweet Magnolias is released
  • July 2021 – Jamie Lynn’s book is announced
  • January 18, 2022 – book released followed by GMA interview and Call Her Daddy interview.

In Conclusion

Both Jamie Lynn Spears and Britney had tumultuous childhoods with an alcoholic father and a mother with anger issues. Jamie Lynn was treated as an accessory in Britney’s life from birth. She does not seem to realize that she did not ever have a normal childhood or that most of her opportunities in entertainment were a result of her connection to Britney.

She was a child dealing with extremely adult issues and it’s likely her sister, who was nine years older than her, did not initially confide in her or lean on her for support. However, as she grew into a woman and mother, she seems to never have developed empathy for her sister and her sister’s situation or any self-awareness around everything that transpired in the first twenty or so years of her life.

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