The 32-year-old Zoey 101 actress has become somewhat estranged from her elder sister, who regained control of her multimillion-dollar fortune when a conservatorship governed by her immediate family was terminated in 2021, in recent years amid allegations she was involved in the arrangement.
However, after failing to mention her claim to fame through her sister, Jamie Lynn has now admitted that she made contact with Britney before she joined the likes of Nigel Farage and Josie Gibson Down Under.
Speaking on Monday’s episode, she told campmate Fred Sirieix: ‘I think every family fights and has their stuff but I talked to her before I came here and we love each other.’
In the years after Britney shot to fame as a pop singer, Jamie Lynn landed a role on the Nickelodeon series All That before Zoey 101, but shortly after she finished shooting the show in 2007, she found herself pregnant by then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge at the age of 16.
During her chat with the First Dates star, Jamie Lynn went on to admit she was led to believe her life was ‘over’ when she gave birth to now-15-year-old Maddie.
Jamie Lynn Spears opened up about her childhood and getting pregnant at 16 (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
‘Every family fights,’ Jamie Lynn admitted (Picture: Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images)
She said: ‘Oh, I always say this. My momma, not in a cocky way at all, my mom literally believed we were the best in the world.
‘I think we grew up, all we ever did was sing and dance, that was our whole household, that’s how we were.’
She went on to explain how she was on All That for three years before Zoey 101, saying: ‘It was very successful.
‘After I finished Zoey, I had my love of my life, what I thought, I decided to keep the baby. I was 16.
‘The whole world was like, “You’re a slut, you’re horrible your life is over.
‘Because I got pregnant young and I was on a kids’ show.’
The Sweet Magnolias actress – who is now married to Jamie Watson and has five-year-old Ivey with him – was seen on the edge of tears as she claimed that several people did not want her to go through with the pregnancy but moved to Mississippi from her native Louisiana to concentrate on raising her baby.
She continued: ‘I moved to Mississippi and literally hid. Put a gate around me.
‘I had 20 paparazzi on me every day. They wouldn’t leave me alone. They came and lived in Mississippi, middle of nowhere.
‘It was horrible. I hated it so much. I just wanted to be normal because I wanted my baby to be normal.
Jamie Lynn broke down in tears opening up about her past (Picture: ITV)
She told Fred Sirieix about her determination to raise her child after being told she’d be a ‘horrible mum’ (Picture: ITV)
‘Everybody told me I was going to be a horrible mom, so I was like I’ve got to raise this baby by myself and I did.’
Breaking down into tears, she went on: ‘When I first got pregnant, they didn’t want me to have the baby. A lot of people around me.
‘And then when I got out of that, I told my parents I was going to emancipate them, so that way I could make my own decisions. I was secretly telling her I was going to doctor’s appointments. I was going to meet with a lawyer.’
She added: ‘My poor mom, we put her through it. And so then she was like, she didn’t want me to do that, because she knew that would mean I’d probably marry the father and lose my fortune that I’d amassed over the years of working, she said, “Just go baby.”
‘It was the first time it was like I was in control. My mom did [come and visit]. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, why I wouldn’t take the easy route sometimes, but I just don’t want to.’
Jamie Lynn added she was ‘proud’ of where she’d reached (Picture: ITV)
‘I’m proud of where I’m at now,’ Jamie Lynn later said in a confessional, adding she was ‘really thankful’.
Britney wrote about her strained relationship with Jamie Lynn in her memoir, The Woman In Me, sharing: ‘My sister and I should have found comfort in each other, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.
‘As I was fighting the conservatorship and receiving a lot of press attention, she was writing a book capitalising on it.
‘She rushed out salacious stories about me, many of them hurtful and outrageous. I was really let down.’
But Britney also said she ‘loved’ her sister and wished her ‘the absolute best’.
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues Tuesday at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.
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