The sister of American pop singer Britney Spears has spoken publicly for the first time about her controversial legal guardianship.
Britney told a court last week that the legal arrangement, which controls many aspects of her life, was “abusive” and that she was “traumatized”.
“I’m so proud of her for expressing herself,” actress Jamie Lynn Spears said in an Instagram post on Monday.
“If it’s terminating the guardianship…or anything else you want to do to be happy – I support it.”
She added: “I am so proud of her because she asked for new advice, like I told her to do so many years ago.”
“I’m not my family, I have my own personality. I only speak for myself.”
Why didn’t Jamie Lynn speak before?
The actress appeared to criticize Britney’s fans in her post.
Some who supported the #FreeBritney campaign questioned why Jamie Lynn hasn’t publicly supported her sister yet.
She wrote: “The only reason I didn’t speak up before was because I felt I shouldn’t, so my sister could speak for herself and say what she feels she needs to say in public. My speech was not the right thing to do.”
“But now that I’ve spoken so clearly…I feel like I can follow her example, and say what I feel I need to say.”
She added, “I made a very conscious decision in my life, to only participate in her life as her sister.”
“Maybe I didn’t support her the way the public wanted, with a hashtag on a public platform. But I can assure you that I supported my sister long before the hashtag even existed. I will support her for a long time after.”
The term #FreeBritney dates back to 2009, according to a New York Times report, and originated from a fan site that rejects a guardianship agreement.
Jamie Lynn said she was always there for her older sister. She continued, “Since the day I was born, I have loved, adored and only supported my sister.”
“I don’t care if she wants to escape into a rainforest and have countless children in an unknown place, or if she wants to go back and take over the world, as she has done so many times before. I have nothing to gain or lose either way.”
“I am only her sister who only cares about her happiness.”
What happened in court last week?
At 23 minutes in court by phone, Britney told the court: “I just want my life back.”
She told the judge that she was drugged and forced to perform against her will, and was prevented from having any more children.
It was the first time the star had spoken publicly about guardianship, which began in 2008, when concerns about her mental health prompted her father, Jamie, to petition the court to gain legal power over his daughter’s life.
Mr. Spears currently oversees the star’s fortune, along with a company that specializes in wealth management. Britney has been a temporary licensed professional guardian since 2019. Since then Britney has opposed her father’s return to the role.
After she was heard in court, Mr. Spears’ attorney issued a statement saying: “He is sorry to see his daughter suffer and is in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves and misses his daughter very much.”