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?
February 4, 2012 at 10:30 am by Emily
Remember little Maddie Spears? The baby who allowed Jamie Lynn Spears to put a stop to her fledgling career? Well she’s stepping out herself, into the spotlight, and into people’s hearts nationwide. I guess. Some people are saying “Mah god, will these Spears women never learn their lessons?” and others are saying “Aww, how cute.”
And those cheers in the background after little Maddie sings her ditty? The loudest one is definitely that of Lynn Spears. You can practically hear the dollar signs in her eyes.
August 1, 2011 at 7:30 am by Sarah
I don’t dislike Jill Zarin. She’s really upset me this season of Real Housewives of New York City with her immature behavior, but she’s I generally think she’s an alright chick. Apparently Lynn Spears, Britney’s mama, thinks the same thing. The two were seen out to dinner in NYC last night and a little birdie (I’m so sure it wasn’t Mrs. Zarin herself) spilled the beans to Fox News about their conversation:
“Jamie Lynn is looking at colleges. Jamie Lynn wants to go to college and Lynn needed some guidance. Jill and Lynn are friends and they end up talking a lot about what their daughters are up to. Jill’s daughter Ally is going away to school and Jill has been involved in the process every step of the way. Jill helped Ally write her application – she was hands on during the process.”
“Lynn knows that Jill helped Ally and she has very little experience in this area. Jill knows all about the applications and follow-up and Lynn needed an idea of what to expect with Jamie Lynn doing it.”
“Jamie Lynn is ready to continue her education. It was difficult being a young mom, but she’s doing it and she’s ready for a new challenge. College would be great for her – she’s very smart. Lynn is so supportive of all of her kids, and she would love to see Jamie Lynn earn a college degree.”
Well, that’s great that Jamie Lynn wants to go to school. Sincerely. And I think that Jill could probably help out Lynn in a lot of ways, as long as she doesn’t go to her for advice on how to mend a broken friendship. MmmMmm! Jill can’t offer any advice about that, can she? (I know you’re reading this, Jill. I saw on the show that you get Google Alerts for your name. I hope you know that you’ve handled things with Bethenny all wrong and you really just need to get over yourself. I’m saying that as a fan. I love Bobby, BTW. Great man.)
May 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm by Molls
Two guesses: it’s America’s favorite unwed teen mother that doesn’t have an asshat for a mom … oh, wait. Sorry, leading question — my bad!
Happy Birthday, Jamie Lynn Spears!
America’s first teen-pregnancy-Disney-princess turns a ripe, old nineteen today. I checked in to see if anything new was happening with the lovely Miss Spears, but the latest headlines were from two weeks ago when it looked like she might move on in with big sis, Britney. Guess that didn’t pan out all too well — and good for you, kid, good for you.
What’s the difference between Jesus and Jamie Lynn Spears? One of them had a career that was resurrected!
April 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm by Sarah
There was a lot of speculation about Jamie Lynn Spears’ ability to parent when the news first broke that she was pregnant. Not only was she a young teen, but she was Britney Spears’ sister. Neither of those things exactly scream “parent potential”. However, I am pleased to report after seeing these photos that Jamie Lynn has managed to keep her daughter Maddie alive. And they both look good! It seems like Jamie Lynn has adjusted well to life as a semi-normal Southern girl.
February 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm by Molls
Jamie Lynn Spear’s is dating a new dude and the difference in their ages is almost as old as she was when she had her baby: 10 years.
After breaking it off with babydaddy Aldridge in December, she’s moved on to the 28 year old owner of a “communications company” from her hometown– which sounds grandiose, but could just mean he owns a store that sells cell phone accessories in the strip mall next to the Captain Video & Tanning.
The guy is only 28, but I keep forgetting that she’s only 18. That’s a huuuuuuge difference in maturity levels, but I can’t knock it completely– my own parents were 27 and 18 when they got hitched and had my sister (in that order, but just barely.)