After Jamie Lynn Spears’ husband felt the need to weigh in on Britney Spears’ explosive conservatorship testimony last week, Jamie Lynn Spears herself has now entered the conversation. For context, Jamie Lynn, who is 10 years younger than Britney, has been copping a lot of criticism for her alleged complacency in the conservatorship order that Britney has been subject to since 2008. While Jamie Lynn has issued sporadic statements of support for her famous sister in the past, many critics don’t think she’s done enough.
Last year it was also revealed that Jamie Lynn had been a trustee of Britney’s estate since 2018. Court documents from the conservatorship hearings also confirmed that Jamie Lynn Spears had in fact profited from the situation, despite previously swearing on Instagram comment that she had “never been paid a dime” by her sister.
“I just want to take a second to address a few things,” Jamie Lynn started on Instagram stories.
“The only reason I hadn’t before is because I felt like until my sister was able to speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly that 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 feeI I need to say.”
“Since the day I was born, I’ve only loved, adored and supported my sister. I mean this is my freaking big sister, before any of this bullshit. I don’t care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has done so many times before, because I have nothing to gain or lose either way,” she explained.
“This situation does not affect me either way, because I’m only her sister who’s only concerned about her happiness,” she said, before appearing to wipe away a tear.
She continued: “I have made a very conscious choice in my life to only participate in her life as a sister”, she said, followed by something incomprehensible. “Maybe I didn’t support the way the public would like me to, with a hashtag on a public platform, but I can assure you that I’ve supported my sister long before there was a hashtag and I’ll support her long after.”
“I’m so proud of her for using her voice,” she said. “If ending the conservatorship and 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.”
Britney, of course, seemed anything but happy in her 20-minute testimony to LA probate judge Brenda Penny last week, where she requested the conservatorship she’s lived under since 2008 be terminated. “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail,” she told Penny. “I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised. You know, fake it ’til you make it,” she said. “But now I’m telling you the truth, okay? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day.”
“I just want my life back. And it’s been 13 years. And it’s enough.”
Listen to Britney Spears’ full 20-minute testimony below:
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter @purpletank.