Britney Spears and her sister Jamie Lynn have been engaging in a social media war of accusations following the Jamie’s appearance on Good Morning America to promote her new book.
After Jamie Lynn referred to her sister’s behavior as “erratic,” “paranoid” and “spiraling,” Britney Spears took to Twitter to ask, “why are we even talking about that unless she wants to sell a book at my expense.”
After Britney said of her sibling, “she never had to work for anything. Everything was always given to her,” Jamie Lynn released the following response on Instagram. “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.”
Before this very public falling out, the actor and the “Toxic” singer have had what seemed to the public to be a fairly strong relationship.
Here’s a timeline of Britney and Jamie Lynn’s relationship:
Jamie Lynn first appeared as the younger version of Britney Spears’ character in the 2002 movie Crossroads.
“I love my little sister and I am overprotective with her, and I don’t mind saying that,” Britney told Real Access after the 2002 film came out.
“My sister is a handful. We are so different. It’s so funny—actually, she would be a lot better in this business than I am. Like her personality, she is Miss Diva. She is so full of herself, it’s so cute.”
Since the beginning of Britney’s career, the sisters where often together and attending premieres and other fun events together.
Britney gushed about how proud she was of her little sister when it was announced that she would be starring in her own TV show Zoey 101.
“Jamie Lynn is turning into such a beautiful little lady. Her new show is coming out soon and I am sooo proud of her,”
Zoey 101 premiered on Nickelodeon with Jamie Lynn singing the theme song, Follow Me.
But Jamie Lynn and co-star Alexa Nikolas were often feuding on set forcing big sister Britney to step in.
Several outlets at the time reported that Britney “proceeded to scream that Alexa was an ‘evil little girl,’ and that she had better watch herself or she ‘will never work in this town again!”‘
Britney gave birth to her second son Jayden James Federline. Jamie Lynn was excited to be an aunt to two little boys.
Jamie Lynn Spears announced that she was pregnant at 16 years old the same year that Britney lost custody of her children.
That year, Britney notoriously had a mental break down and shaved her head.
Zoey 101 aired its last episode on Nickelodeon as Jamie Lynn moved back down South, got her GED in February 2008 and prepared for the birth of her first child.
Her daughter Maddie Aldridge was born on June 19, 2008, in Mississippi where both Britney and Jamie Lynn were born.
Britney recounted, “That was special, but it was also strange because [Jamie Lynn’s] always been the baby, and now the baby was having a baby.”
“It was mind-boggling. I was shocked a little bit. But it was really cool, and she was happy. When she got to the hospital, we all thought it was going to be an all-day thing, and instead, the baby just sort of popped out. ‘OK, we’re happy now!'”
Jamie Lynn was planning to marry her hometown boyfriend and father to her child.
The teen mother asked Britney to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding.
Britney and Jamie Lynn were both engaged as the time and reportedly joked about having a double wedding.
Jamie Lynn made her musical debut in Nashville and although big sister Britney wasn’t there to see it she offered her congrats on Twitter.
“@britneyspears thanks- just wish you and J were there!! love yall!” Jamie Lynn tweeted back to her big sis.
Just like the Spears sisters, the Spears cousins have grown up to be very close despite living across the country from each other.
Jamie Lynn shared, “For now, Maddie’s biggest concern in life is when she gets to see her cousins next. She’s always asking, ‘Why can’t we have Preston and JJ here?’ They’re very close. They’re like brothers and sister. They’re so stinking cute.”
“And Maddie loves her Aunt Britney’s songs,” the young mom added. “She just loves the whole dress-up thing that goes with it. She loves dancing and singing and all of that. I definitely think music is in her genes.”
Jamie Lynn decided to get a boost in her music career, teaming up with her international pop-star sister.
The two sang together on Chillin’ With You, on Britney’s 2013 album Britney Jean.
Jamie Lynn gets married to Jamie Watson and released her debut EP country album, The Journey.
“For me and my sister the relationship [has] always been a really special one. I’m proud of my sister.”
“She went after her dream from a small town and she’s still doing what she loves, so there’s something to be said about that and something to be really proud of. So I definitely look at that as, you know, it gives me motivation and really inspires me to keep going.”
“There’s such a big age difference between me and my sister that I think [she] almost was like a second mom,” she continued of Britney. “She’s so supportive and she’s so encouraging of me and she’s like my biggest fan…She’s always had my back.”
Jamie Lynn has continuously spoken openly up about how Britney inspires her.
“I take a lot away from [Britney’s]… drive,” Jamie Lynn said. “Seeing someone who’s worked to create the kind of life they want from a simple passion.”
When Jamie Lynn made her Grand Ole Opry debut in Nashville, Britney and their brother, Bryan Spears, introduced her performance in a surprise appearance.
“Thanks to the Opry for letting me introduce this beautiful, young lady who is my heart and my soul,” Britney said. “Not only is she beautiful and extremely talented, she’s my little sister…Jamie Lynn Spears!”
Jamie Lynn shared the news of her second pregnancy on Twitter where Britney congratulated her.
Britney wrote on Twitter: “Maddie is going to be the best big sister!!! So happy for you @jamielynnspears!!!! Love you all sooo much!!!”
Jamie Lynn was named the trustee of Britney’s $8 million estate by Jamie and Britney’s lawyer, Andrew Walletin in August 2020.
Jamie is the “sole beneficiary” of the SJB Trust, which Britney created in 2004 to protect her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James’ financial future and her fortune.
Due to this, when Britney dies, Jamie Lynn will receive “the entire principal of the Trust, including all accused and undistributed and unrealized income.”
Meaning Jamie Lynn will inherit Britney’s fortune, not her sons.
“10 years ago, who was there?? I have been here long before anyone else, and I’ll be here long after,” Jamie Lynn wrote on Instagram.
“I love my sister with everything I have. So, anyone or anything that speaks to the contrary can GTFOH with all the comments about what you don’t understand. Do not come for me or the ones I love anymore. You can move the ‘blank’ outta here with all that, just like this other lady who was running her mouth.”
Jamie Lynn replied to Instagram comments saying, “Haha nice try, but I have NEVER been paid a dime from my sister, that is HER hard earned money, and I am NOT entitled to a cent of it,” Jamie Lynn replied.
“I would not spend money I did not earn.”
Another time she took to the comments saying that Britney “is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.” (These posts were later deleted.)
Jamie Lynn Spears again came at Instagram critics who claimed that she was purposely not speaking out regarding her sister, Britney Spears, and her rumored mental health struggles.
“If you deal with mental illness or care for someone dealing with mental illness, then you know how important it is to respect the situation with privacy for the person, and the family trying to protect their loved ones, no matter how it may appear to the public, and as the public we must learn to do the same,” Jaymie Lynn wrote on Instagram.
“I pray this doesn’t bring shame to anyone dealing with mental illness, you are not alone, and you are loved.”
When the Britney Army came for Jamie Lynn again she replied, “You have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters. She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that’s the only thing that is OBVIOUS.”
She later echoed a similar sentiment, “I would never speak out just to clarify things to the public, when the person it pertains to does not want that to happen,” wrote Jamie Lynn. “I’d rather take all the hate, then speak about someone elses personal matter, that they want to keep private.”
Britney’s father Jamie was removed from his position as Britney’s conservator on September 29, 2021.
Jamie Lynn had been under fire for her alleged role in keeping Britney, 39, under the “abusive” court order and for remaining silent when fans have asked her to speak up.
Britney made her first-ever debut in court in June 2021 amid her conservatorship legal battle with dad Jamie, who has “controlled” her life for the past 13 years.
She made a number of shocking claims during the hearing, including that her family sent her to a $60K rehab at a small Los Angeles home and that she was allegedly forced to get an IUD she cannot take out to have another baby.
She decided to break her silence and speak out on the matter in a series of Instagram Story videos.
The Sweet Magnolias actress told fans that she didn’t think it was her “place” to say anything until Britney had had her chance to speak.
She shared in the video: “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 need to say.”
Jamie Lynn continued: ”I think it’s extremely clear that since the day I was born I’ve only loved and adored and supported my sister.
“I mean, this is my freakin’ big sister before any of this bulls***.
“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.”
Jamie Lynn announces she is releasing an autobiography, titled I Must Confess (a reference to the song “Baby One More Time”). After internet uproar, the name is changed to Things I Should Have Said.
Jamie Lynn appears on Good Morning America to promote her book, due out on January 18. She discusses a confrontation with her sister during the pandemic in which she “came at me screaming and getting up in my face.” Her accusations on the show spark a social media feud between the pair.