Britney Spears calls her feud with sister Jamie Lynn ‘so tacky’ after the latter alleged during her recent interview with Nightline that Britney once pulled out a knife and locked her and her 3-year-old daughter, Ivey in a room.
In an interview with Juju Chang that aired Wednesday night on Nightline, the Things I Should Have Said author, 30, described an incident with Britney Spears, which she says involved her now 13-year-old daughter Maddie.
While all were quarantining together earlier in the pandemic, Jamie Lynn says Britney “cursed” at her and “got in her face” while she was holding her 3-year-old daughter, Ivey.
“I just walked out of the rooms. I was like, we’re just all family under one roof. I’m not trying to argue,” Jamie Lynn told Chang. “And when I try to remove myself from the situation, that’s when I guess she just got really angry and my oldest daughter tried to, you know, mediate the situation.”
“I hated that, like, that’s not what you’re supposed to do. You’re 12,” added the Sweet Magnolias star, who says her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears, told her she “shouldn’t be upset” and to not “upset Britney.”
That’s when Britney Spears, 40, accused Jamie Lynn of spreading “crazy lies.”
“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!!!” Britney wrote in part, adding, “The only knife I ever saw you with at home was cutting the biggest pieces of squash I ever saw in my life and it was way too big for me to cut… So please please stop with these crazy lies for the Hollywood books!!! NOW and only NOW do I know only a scum person would make up such things about someone….”
However, on Saturday, the Grammy winner seemed to calm things down. She said that she loves her younger sister, 30, “unconditionally” in a lengthy statement posted to Twitter — after she initially accused Jamie Lynn of trying to “sell a book at [her] expense.”
“Jamie Lynn… I don’t think your book is about me at all… I said some harsh things because you obviously hurt me by the things you are making up about me!!!” Britney wrote. “But it doesn’t make sense at all to me what you are saying!!! I know you worked hard for the life you have and you have done amazing!!!! I think we would both have to agree to the fact that the family has never been remotely as hard on you as they have been on me!!! What Dad did to me, they don’t even do that to criminals… so for you to sit back and act completely aloof to what has happened to me is honestly insane to me!!!”
“Do you know anybody who worked as hard as I did and the hours I put in during those 13 years only to be sent away for 4 months for no reason at all??? And I won’t even mention what was done to me in that place!!!” she continued, recalling that she was deprived coffee during her stay at a psychiatric facility.
Britney then argued that her family “treated me like nothing” and said that she’s “honestly shocked” that her father, Jamie Spears, isn’t in jail.
“All I know is I love you unconditionally!!!” she wrote to Jamie Lynn. “So go ahead and say whatever you want… it’s so tacky for a family to fight publicly like this!!! You say you love me… yet your loyalty is still with the people that hurt me the most!!!”
She continued, “I think the thing that saddens me the most is that when this all happened to me and when I called you from that place… you would take days to respond!!! I never got to talk to you!!! You would just text me days later and I was so scared… I needed you… my family, my blood and your support more than anything!!! You guys did absolutely nothing UNTIL a year ago!!! I said something on Instagram and you and [their brother] Bryan showed up at my house… because of an Instagram post!!! THAT makes me the saddest…. why???? Because I needed you WAYYYYYY before that and the fact that you and Bryan showed up laughing at my gate instead of KNOWING you should have been here way before that makes me very sad!!!”
“I don’t care anymore!!! Say whatever you want to say just know I do know your real heart more than anyone!!! It’s your life and you deserve a beautiful life!!!! I wish I would be able to do what you’re doing and do interviews!!! I’m scared of all of it… I admire you for being strong… just know I love you and I think you know that already more than anything!!!” Britney wrote.
In response, Jamie Lynn asked to speak privately with her sister in a plea posted to her Instagram Story on Saturday.
“Britney- Just call me, I have attempted many times to speak to you directly and handle this privately like sisters should, but you still choose to do everything on a public platform,” Jamie Lynn wrote. “In the meantime, please stop continuing the narrative that I haven’t been there for you or that I’m makin g things up. I’m happy to share how many times I’ve reached out to you, supported you and tried to help you. This is embarrassing and has to stop. I love you.”