Come on, of course you remember Jamie Lynn Spears! She was on Nickelodeon’s shitty revamp of All That, and she also starred in Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. Another claim to fame is her taxing role as Britney Spears‘ sister. Sadly, her extensive Teen Nick appearances and paparazzi fights ended when she got knocked up at 16, and we haven’t really heard all that much from her since.
UNTIL NOW! Jamie Lynn Spears just did an interview with Glamour, and I can’t help but love every single second of it. Please read through this, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself!
On getting pregnant: It was 2007. I had been on a Nickelodeon show, Zoey 101, and after we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that. Then I found out I was pregnant [by then- boyfriend Casey Aldridge]. I was 16. I’d had one boyfriend. It doesn’t make it perfect or all right. But I was judged for something that probably most everyone does. I was young. I was in love. I was like every other teenager, except I had this last name. And I made a decision that is forever my decision.
Why she didn’t use birth control: I believe in safety and birth control as prevention. But like many young girls…I was really scared to go to the doctor. And I was on a Nickelodeon show, and it [felt] especially embarrassing to ask someone to put me on birth control. I didn’t want to ask my doctor, because she had a little girl.
On the reaction from her fans: I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down. I apologize for that. But I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy. I hated when [the tabloids] said that. Everybody is dealt a hand of cards. It was my choice to play them the way I played them. But the hateful comments hurt.
On Teen Mom: When I saw MTV’s Teen Mom was coming out, I remember thinking, Oh my God, I cannot wait to see this show because there’s someone else out there. I mean, I feel for those girls. I’ve been that girl. It does show that motherhood is hard. There were so many times—especially when Maddie would get sick—when I would cry to myself and think, I really don’t know what to do. It takes bravery to be a young mom, and it does take bravery to let the world watch.
On Britney: She’s in such a good place right now. She’s in love. She has her kids. So I’m happy for her. Of course, [our bond as mothers], it’s such a big thing, you know? Especially ’cause there’s an age gap there—she’s 10 years older. I think if I were just a normal 20-year-old, I wouldn’t be able to relate as much to her.
On her music: I was a kid who did a kid show. Then I went away and raised my child, and the world has never met me as an adult. This is the first time anybody is really meeting me as a grown woman and grown mother making a decision about what to do with my life. Do people have an idea of who they think I am? Yes, and that’s fine with me. My music will speak for itself.
On this year: I’ll admit, I’m kind of scared; it’s a vulnerable place for me. But I think 21 will be the year for me. I hope it will be. Maybe even a boy—I don’t know. Six feet tall, blond, brown, tan…I don’t care. I’m excited for 21. Twenty-one is just going to be fearless.
There aren’t enough “ugh”s in the world to cover this. “I was like every other teenager,” no, Jamie, you weren’t. I know this for I was also a teenager, and I managed to escape those hellish years without getting pregnant. Shockingly enough, I also know several other ladies who did that exact same thing. It’s really not that hard, you just have to be careful, and if you choose to have sex, you should take precautions. I think if you’re mature enough to have the sex, you should be mature enough to ask your doctor for birth control, even if your doctor has a child herself*.
All that being said, are you excited at the prospect of this year being the year of Jamie Lynn Spears?
*Is this real logic?