A couple months after Britney Spears was officially freed from her 13-year-long conservatorship in November 2021, Jamie Lynn Spears released a jaw-dropping memoir titled “Things I Should Have Said” in January 2022. The tell-all book shed light on what it was like growing up Spears, from a broken family to the mental health struggles she endured silently for years. In the memoir, the Nickelodeon star wrote (via E! News), “We were a tight-knit family torn apart by money, distorted truths, and undisclosed personal issues.”
One of the most shocking revelations in “Things I Should Have Said,” however, was Jamie Lynn claiming that her sister’s alleged paranoia led Britney to grab a knife from the kitchen and ask her little sister to sleep next to her. Britney didn’t take too kindly to this claim, writing in a since-deleted tweet, “Jamie Lynn … congrats babe! You’ve stooped to a whole new level of LOW. I’ve never been around you ever with a knife or would I ever even think to do such!!!”
Soon after, Jamie Lynn defended her decision to write the memoir. Taking to Instagram to release a statement, she revealed that she wanted to speak her truth so she could heal from the past. “I hate to burst my sister’s bubble, but my book is not about her. I can’t help that I was born a Spears too, and that some of my experiences involve my sister,” Jamie Lynn wrote in part, adding, “No matter what comes, I will always love my big sister, and be here for her.”
If you or someone you know needs help with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.