Recently, Jamie Lynn Spears in her podcast interview with Alex Cooper reflected on how her sister Britney Spears dealt with her highly publicized breakup from Justin Timberlake and mentioned that it was hard to watch her. Jamie said, "I think everyone thought it was forever. I was so sad, first off because my sister was so sad, but that, too, was the first time I saw [that] maybe I didn't know everything about the relationship. Perhaps they were protecting me and obviously why would they talk to me about anything." She also mentioned that she truly does not know the reason why the couple broke up but she sympathized with her especially after Justin Timberlake’s song ‘Cry Me a River was released in 2002.
Jamie said, "I thought how heartbreaking it must have been for my sister when 'Cry Me a River' came out. Don't get me wrong, like, that's a way to launch your solo career, right? That's a way to do it, but I felt really sad. And my sister, she wrote that song 'Everytime' and she's beyond brilliant with anything creative and she picked that song out on the piano and she wrote it and it still makes me cry because I think about how heartbroken she was, because that was her song and that was his song."
Jamie Lynn in her interview shared that Britney started to change post her breakup and alleged that she had scared her by locking the two of them in a room with a knife after a whirlwind marriage to Jason Alexander in 2004. Defending her elder sister, author of ‘Things I Should Have Said: Family, Fame and Fighting It Out, Jamie Lynn added, "She must have been in pain too. This was a brilliant young woman who was going through a hard time — and if she couldn't stand up herself, then somebody should have. I wasn't an adult then. I couldn't… Somebody should have said, 'Stop the f****** presses. Give this girl a f****** minute.'"
Jamie Lynn also shared with host Alex Cooper that at times she felt that her feelings didn’t matter because of who her sister is. “It doesn’t matter who your sister is or who your family member is or whatever your relationship is with, if something has caused you pain or this is your experience, nothing should diminish your experience. It’s, like, my whole life, I kind of felt like I didn’t matter … so it’s, like, I just wish that mattered.”
But Britney Spears has a different take on how her family decided to support her after the highly publicized breakup. The singer posted a lengthy message on Instagram to share her side of the story and said that as soon as she came home, she was treated like a ‘ghost’ in the house and admitted that she wanted to ‘slap’ her younger sister Jamie Lynn Spears and her mother Lynn Spears for the way they treated her.
Britney added, “I had worked my whole life and I didn’t know how to be served by Mamma … Sit there and get served the chocolate milkshakes with the perfectly crushed ice with the secret chunky sugar meanwhile Jamie Lynn is 12, she indulges with the TV for hours then goes to lay out on a raft at the pool … I’m in shock because this was never my life !!!! Justin’s family was all I knew for many years … Things were different now and Jamie Lynn had a new Nickelodeon show … All I remember saying was ‘DAMN !!! How the hell does a 12 year old land a Nickelodeon show ????’ ….. HMMMMMMMM …. Well I never got my iced chocolate drink!!!”
Britney Spears has been opening up recently about a lot of things she had to hold onto due to her conservatorship and thus she mentioned that all she needed was some support from the family. The singer also wrote that she was ‘scared’, ahead of her People Magazine cover shoot because her mom, Lynn Spears was on medication following the split from her father Jamie Spears in 2002 and added, "I'm sorry Jamie Lynn. I wasn't strong enough to do what should have been done... slapped you and Mamma right across your f****** faces !!!!!"
On Jamie’s comment on her feelings didn’t matter, Britney said, “I asked myself every day ‘DOES ANYBODY CARE ??? WTF ??? DO I MATTER ??? I would honestly be very interested to see your pretty face in the setting I was forced to be in and asking yourself ‘DO I MATTER ??? So yes … YOU DO MATTER and don’t you ever think for one f–king second you don’t.”