She claims she didn’t want to speak out until Britney did.
Jamie Lynn Spears has broken her silence on Britney Spears’ June 23 testimony regarding her conservatorship. In an emotional video shared on her Instagram story on June 28, the pop star’s little sister addressed the situation for the first time. However, Jamie Lynn Spears’ response to Britney’s conservatorship testimony has some fans split.
Britney’s younger sister has received criticism in recent weeks for staying silent before and after her sister’s trial, which was publicly aired. In her statement, she explained her reasoning for doing so.
“I wanted to take a second to address a few things,” Jamie Lynn began. “I felt like until my sister could speak for herself and say what she felt she needed to say publicly, it wasn’t my place and it wasn’t the right thing to do. But now that she’s very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feel I need to say.”
The Zoey 101 star went on to express her love for her sister, assuring fans she only wants the best for her big sis.
“I think it’s extremely clear that since the day I was born that I’ve only loved adored and supported my sister. This is my freakin’ big sister before any of this bullsh*t. I don’t care if she wants to run away to the rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has so many times before,” she said. “I have nothing to gain or lose either way. This situation does not affect me either way because I am only her sister who is only concerned about her happiness.”
You can see Jamie Lynn’s response below.
“I’ve made a very conscious choice in my life to only participate in her life as her sister,” Jamie Lynn went on to say. “Maybe I didn’t support her the way the public would like me to with a hashtag on a public platform. But I can assure I have supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after.”
It should be noted, however, that Jamie Lynn does reportedly have some involvement in Britney’s financials. She is reportedly at the helm of Britney’s trust, according to a set of 2018 documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight.
Jamie Lynn went on to insist she’s been paying her own bills since she got her start as a child star, insinuating she doesn’t need or want any of her sister’s money. “Note that I’ve worked since I was 9 years old, I’ve paid my own bills since I was 10 years old. Not that I owe the public anything because my sister knows I love and support her.”
After seeing the Instagram speech, some fans questioned the authenticity of Jamie Lynn’s words and still believed she should have spoken out sooner.
Jamie Lynn’s response arrived nearly a week after Britney’s testimony went viral. In a heartbreaking statement, she told the judge she believes her conservatorship has turned “abusive” and she would like to sue her family. (Elite Daily previously reached out to Spears’ team for any further comment on Britney’s testimony but didn’t hear back.)
Despite the backlash she’s seen, Jamie Lynn insisted she’s supportive of her sister’s wishes — wishes that Britney has made perfectly clear. “I support my sister. I love my sister, always have, always will, as long as she’s happy. So let’s keep praying. That’s all,” she said.