Jamie Lynn Spears threatened to seek emancipation during teenage pregnancy

“My family denied my attempts at independence and left me no choice but to threaten to seek emancipation from the courts. I spent days agonizing over my pending decision. But I followed my instincts and asked my new lawyer to go ahead and write the petition.

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 9:13 a.m.ET

Jamie Lynn Spears opens up about her difficult experiences throughout her teenage pregnancy in her upcoming memoir, What i should have said.

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Jamie Lynn – who was recently criticized for allegedly lacking support for her sister, Britney Spears, as she struggled under the terms of her guardianship – got pregnant in 2007, when she was 16.

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BuzzFeed News has revealed abuse, neglect and death in the guardianship industry. Read our “Beyond Britney” survey series here.

She starred in the teen sitcom Zoey 101 for a few years before becoming pregnant, after which she disappeared from the public eye. Finally, okay! The magazine broke the news of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy, following her team’s decision to give them the first pictures of the baby as part of an exclusive deal.

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Now, in her next memoir – which should be published early next year – Jamie Lynn says she struggled under her parents’ control during her pregnancy, to the point that she threatened to seek legal separation in as a minor.

Recalling the moment when her parents told her team about the pregnancy, Jamie Lynn writes that “things got out of hand pretty quickly.”

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“There was a lot of fighting between everyone involved,” she wrote, in an excerpt obtained by People. “My family and management took me out of school until they knew what to do next. They took my smartphone, fearing the news would come out, and insisted that no one share any information with anyone, especially the press. My father and I stopped talking and the tension was terrible.

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Jamie Lynn says her parents and her team have made several attempts to convince her to consider abortion. However, she says, this only “reinforced” her decision to keep the baby.

“Everyone had their own opinion of what was best for me,” she wrote. “There was a lot of chatter, but none of it suited me. “It will kill your career. You are just too young. You don’t know what you are doing. There are some pills you can take. We can help you solve this problem. Think about what you are doing to your family. Doesn’t the family have enough to manage? I know a doctor. There are procedures that correct errors like this. You don’t have to do this.

Jamie Lynn goes on to say that her parents, Jamie Spears and Lynn Spears, pushed to give her baby up for adoption at a “single mother’s home” and fought with her when she decided not to, too.

“The next option for me was to go to Mercy Ministries, a home for single mothers in Tennessee, where I could eventually give my baby up for adoption,” she wrote. “Dad and I fought, throwing words and throwing insults. He grabbed me by the shoulders and held me tight, hoping to bend to his will. I walked into his face and shouted, ‘NO! I will not go.

The Zoey 101 alum claimed that after deciding not to abort and adopt, her parents kept the pregnancy a secret from everyone – including her own sister – and cut off all communication with the outside world.

“The house looked like a prison without a smartphone or connection to the outside world,” she writes. “My team thought everyone outside the inner circle was a potential threat. They went so far as to hide my pregnancy from my sister, saying, “It’s too risky to tell Britney about the baby.” I needed her more than ever and she couldn’t [to] help me in my most vulnerable times.

As a result, Jamie Lynn claims that she was “banished” to hide in an undisclosed location, before recalling her alleged “painful” isolation.

She writes that she and her mother “drove for what seemed like hours” to where they stayed in a cabin for several days to avoid the paparazzi. Jamie Lynn adds that to this day, she doesn’t know where they actually were in the Northeast.

Eventually, Jamie Lynn gave birth to her daughter, Maddie, and her pregnancy became public knowledge. At this point, the actor writes, she was hoping to leave her parents’ house and marry her then boyfriend, to raise their baby together.

And after her parents allegedly refused her request to live independently, Jamie Lynn said she threatened to seek her emancipation – that is, when a minor is legally released from her parents’ control or guardians – only 16 years old.

“The only way [to raise my baby and be happy] was to leave my parents’ roof and be alone, ”she wrote. “Resistance to this idea came quickly from all fronts. My mom and dad thought I was stupid.

“My family denied my attempts at independence and left me no choice but to threaten to seek my emancipation in court,” she said. “I spent days agonizing over my pending decision. But I followed my instincts and asked my new lawyer to go ahead and write the petition.”

“The next Saturday morning, my lawyer and I showed up and handed my mother some papers,” she wrote. “Dad was gone by then, and Mum contacted the team to discuss the issues. They had real concerns that I was marrying my boyfriend and giving him access to all my income.”

However, Jamie Lynn said she ultimately decided not to go all the way with emancipation, in order to avoid more negative press around the Spears family, concerned about Britney’s well-being.

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Jamie Lynn’s memoir follows criticism surrounding both of her parents, for their alleged treatment of Britney Spears – which came to light after the pop star publicly denounced them during a court hearing in June.

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In a devastating testimony, Spears accused his entire family – including Jamie Lynn – of doing “nothing” to help him throughout his guardianship, which took effect in 2008, and saw his life and finances legally controlled by his father and his lawyers. .

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“My father and anyone involved in this tutelage and leadership who played a key role in my punishment – ma’am, they should be in jail,” Spears said at the hearing. “This tutelage allowed my father to ruin my life.”

Spears’ family remains at the center of the public interest ahead of Friday’s long-awaited hearing, which could result in the end of guardianship after 13 years.

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Jamie Lynn’s book, What i should have said, will be released on January 18, 2022. You can read the full brief here.

November 10, 2021 at 3:42 PM

Correction: Jamie Lynn Spears starred in Zoey 101 For four years. A previous version of this post incorrectly indicated the timeline.

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