Jamie Lynn Spears is opening up on her relationship with her elder sister, Britney Spears.
People reported that on Saturday’s episode of the U.K. reality TV show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, Jamie Lynn opens up to TV presenter Fred Sirieix about her journey growing up with an ultra famous popstar and how she feels about Britney in the present moment.
51-year-old Sieieix initiated the conversation by asking Lynn to recall the sensational moment her sister kissed the popstar legend Madonna on stage during the 2003 MTV VMAs and elucidate on how that happened. Lynn replied, “They just did it. I was at home watching like, ‘Oh OK, this will be fun tomorrow at school, can’t wait.'”
The 32-year-old actress then went on to speak about how Britney had always been an inspiration for her. She states, “Anything my sister did I always thought was the best,” adding, “When it came to my sister, even if I felt anything if anyone said anything I was ready to go. I was like, ‘Don’t talk about my sister, she’s the best.’ ”
She added to the conversation about the onstage kiss, stating, “And so literally I just thought — and, by the way, in today’s world it would mean nothing — but it was this iconic moment that they went with, and it happened, and it’s what they did.” Lynn even recalled their mother speaking of that moment when she said, “My mum was like, ‘It’s artistic, she’s expressing herself.’ ”
Sieieix then went on to ask her which of the two sisters encountered fame first. To this, as per People, she replied, “My sister, she’s 10 years older. She was famous since I was about 6 or 7.”
After this, the contestant Frankie Dettori meddled to ask a question to Lynn, which was, “Is it true you don’t get on with [Britney] now?” to which Lynn’s answer was simple and sweet, stating, “I love my sister.”
According to People, Lynn and Britney have had a strained relationship throughout the years. Even though they were in close competition recently in Dancing with the Stars, and given that Britney is a decade older than Lynn, they were close growing up in their hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. Additionally, throughout the course of their careers, the sisters have collaborated on projects together, including Britney’s film debut, Crossroads, and Lynn’s work, Zoey 101.
But a dent appeared recently after Britney’s 13-year conservatorship ended, and the two engaged in public blows outlining the release of Lynn’s memoir, Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out in January 2022. Two months after Britney’s conservatorship came to an end, Lynn told People at the time, “I love and I support my sister, and I always will. It’s very clear that this has been a painful process, and I have to respect however she works through that,” adding, “This is a complicated situation. It gets to a certain point where you can’t help someone who doesn’t want you to.”
In the meantime, in her own bestselling memoir, The Woman In Me, Britney has opened up about their strained relationship. She writes relating to the time she asked for Lynn’s assistance when she was being admitted to a mental health clinic, writing, “[Jamie Lynn] knew I was reaching out to her for help and that she was dogging me. I felt like she should have taken my side.”
According to People, the “Womanizer” singer also wrote about how her sister was capitalizing on her misery. She writes, “As I was fighting the conservatorship and receiving a lot of press attention, she was writing a book capitalizing on it. She rushed out salacious stories about me, many of them hurtful and outrageous.”
However, the “Toxic” singer also notes that her relationship with her sister is repairable, stating, “She will always be my sister, and I love her and her beautiful family. I’m working to feel more compassion than anger toward her, and everyone who I feel has wronged me.”