After years of public silence, singer Britney Spears has formally asked a judge to end her 13-year-long 'abusive' conservatorship, which sees her father, James Spears, have control over her schedule, her finances and according to the best-selling artist, even her reproductive choices.
Britney's recent testimony, which said she had been forbidden from having her IUD removed, has further fuelled the fire of the Free Britney movement, through which fans have been petitioning for the court-implemented conservatorship to end for a number of years. During her speech, Britney also said she would like to 'sue [her] family' if she could 'instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them'.
Now, having previously maintained a silence on the matter, Britney's sister, Jamie Lynn, has posted a series of Instagram Stories saying she of course supports her sibling, but that she prefers to do so out of the limelight.
'I felt like until my sister was able to 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,' she says. '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.'
Jamie Lynn also added, 'I think it’s extremely clear since the day I was born I’ve only loved, adored, and supported my sister… I have nothing to gain or lose... This situation does not affect me.'
She also stressed that she would support Britney no matter what she decided to do in future, be it return to the stage and 'dominate the world the way she has so many times before', or 'run away to the rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere'.
Later in the video, Jamie Lynn also says she made a 'very conscious choice in my life to only participate in [Britney’s] life as a sister' and becomes visibly emotional when discussing her role as aunt to Britney's two children, Jayden, 14, and Sean, 15.
'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 you that I’ve supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after,' she adds.
Rounding off, Jamie Lynn also says she's proud of Britney for requesting new counsel, saying she advised her to do so many years ago 'not on a big, public platform, but just in a personal conversation between two sisters'.
Also commenting on the situation publicly for the first time is Jamie Lynn's husband, Jamie Watson, who told the New York Post, 'I can assure you her family loves her and wants the best for her. I wouldn’t be around people who weren’t. Who wouldn’t want to be in support of Britney?'
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