Britney Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn broke down in tears as she admitted that she ‘doesn’t know’ why their once-loving relationship has become so strained – while plugging her new memoir in which she speaks out about her sibling’s ‘erratic, paranoid, and spiraling’ behavior.
Speaking out for the first time since Britney’s controversial 13-year conservatorship was officially terminated in November, Jamie Lynn, 30, vehemently defended herself against accusations that she failed to assist her sibling in ending the guardianship, which was controlled largely by their father, Jamie.
In the wake of furious criticism from Britney’s fans – and from the popstar herself – Jamie Lynn insisted that she never played a role in the conservatorship, insisting that she actually tried to help her sister dissolve the arrangement on a number of occasions.
‘When [the conservatorship] was put into place I was 17 years old, I was about to have a baby so I didn’t understand what was happening nor was I focused on that. I was focused on the fact I was a 17-year-old about to have a baby,’ she said during an appearance on Good Morning America.
‘I [understood] just as little about it then as I do now.’
Britney Spears’ younger sibling Jamie Lynn broke down in tears as she opened up about her rift with her sister during an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday
The 30-year-old insisted that she ‘doesn’t know’ why her relationship with her sister, 40, has broken down, claiming that she has only ‘ever loved and supported’ Britney
Jamie Lynn, an actress and mother-of-two, revealed that she actually took steps to try and help Britney end her 13-year conservatorship, which was overseen by their father, Jamie
While fighting to end her father’s conservatorship over her, Britney has accused her entire family – including Jamie Lynn (seen together in 2017) – of failing to help her
However, despite stating that she knew little about the ins and outs of the arrangement – which was put in place in 2008 after Britney had a mental breakdown, and which saw her father Jamie given complete control over her financial and personal health decisions – Jamie Lynn said that she made several attempts to try and help her sibling end the guardianship over the years.
‘I’ve always been my sister’s biggest supporter so when she needed help I set up ways to do so,’ she said.
‘[I] went out of my way to make sure that she had the contacts she needed to possibly go ahead and end this conservatorship and just end this all for our family. If it’s going to cause this much discord, why continue it?
‘It wasn’t about [whether or not I agreed] with the conservatorship; everyone has a voice and it should be heard so if she wanted to talk to other people then I did, I set that up.’
Jamie Lynn also revealed that she agreed to speak with Britney’s ‘previous legal team’ to try and aid her sibling in her attempts to end the guardianship, however she admitted that the conversations ‘didn’t end well in her favor’.
‘I even spoke to her… previous legal team and that did not end well in my favor. I did take the steps to help, but how many times can I take the steps without, you know… she has to walk through the door,’ she explained.
According to Jamie Lynn, Britney also turned to her to ask for her help in ensuring that her two sons, Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, were taken care of.
‘There was a time where my sister asked me – of her trust and will – if I would be the person who assured that her boys got what they needed,’ the singer and actress shared.
‘Whether she is in a conservatorship or not, that was a very normal thing, I thought.’
Jamie Lynn, who has two daughters, went on to speak out about the rift between herself and Britney, insisting that she ‘doesn’t know’ why they are ‘in this position right now’ when all she has ‘ever’ done is ‘love and support’ her sister.
‘That love is still there 100 per cent,’ she said. ‘I love my sister. I’ve only ever loved and supported her and done what’s right by her and she knows that so I don’t know why we’re in this position right now.’
Trying to be supportive: Shortly after, Jamie Lynn broke her silence with a since-deleted video where she claimed to have ‘only loved, adored, and supported my sister’ (the sisters seen back in 2003 together)
‘I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed my songs to remixes!’ Britney wrote of a 2017 performance at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. ‘My so-called support system hurt me deeply!’
Last sighting: The Mississippi-born blondes have not been pictured together since 2018 when their families vacationed together