Jamie Lynn Spears might be best known as Britney Spears’ baby sister, but she’s a star in her own right as a country singer and actress. After many years out of the spotlight, she’s back in the public eye. Here are 25 things you didn’t know about Jamie Lynn Spears.
1. She Released a Country Music Album
Jamie wanted to follow in her big sister’s footsteps, but not as a pop star. She moved to Nashville to learn the country music industry with hopes of becoming a country singer. In 2014, she released the album The Journey. It topped out at 24 on the country music charts but wasn’t enough to move her out of her sister’s shadow.
2.Her First Major Role Was on the Show All That
When Britney became famous and started touring at 17, Jamie would often go with her. She would make silly videos on the tour bus and show them to Britney.
Nickelodeon executives heard about the videos and offered her a role on All That, a teen comedy show. After All That, she had a leading role-playing Zoey on Zoey 101.
3. She Got Pregnant at 16
When Jamie announced her pregnancy, she got a lot of negative press. She was accused of glorifying teen pregnancy. She says that was never her intention, and she found the accusations hurtful.
She was a role model for tweens and young teens. Fans and parents alike were shocked by the announcement.
4. She Found Out She Was Pregnant in a Gas Station Bathroom
Jamie describes her relationship with Casey Aldridge as “starting out innocent like every first love does”. Her friend noticed that she was puking, and asked if she could be pregnant.
They got a pregnancy test, but Jamie didn’t want to take it at home. They opted for a BP bathroom, where Jamie learned her life had changed completely.
5. Zoey 101 Didn’t End Because of Her Pregnancy
When the news of her teen pregnancy went out, she has finished shooting a season of Zoey 101 that hadn’t aired yet. Jamie clarifies that she wasn’t pregnant when shooting the show.
It was thought that Zoey 101 was canceled due to her pregnancy, but Jamie says it was because her contract was up. Tabloids claimed that her career was over, and she went into hiding to become a single mom. It was one of the biggest challenges of her life, but she never had doubts about keeping her child.
6. She Hid Out for 3 Weeks After Pregnancy Announcement
When the news of Jamie’s pregnancy broke, she stayed in her home for 3 weeks. The Spears family installed a big gate, and security guards were posted outside at all times to keep her safe and to avoid paparazzi.
7. She Sang the Zoey 101 Theme Song
The theme song for Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 is titled Follow Me, and it was Jamie Lynn’s first official foray into the music world.
8. She was Engaged to Casey Aldridge
Jamie says Casey wanted to do the right thing and asked her to marry him. They were engaged briefly, but Jamie realized the relationship wasn’t right for her. Jamie and Maddie’s father continued to work together as co-parents.
9. She Fell in Love With a Normal Guy
Eventually, Jamie found love with a normal guy with a normal job. Jamie and her husband Jamie Watson dated for five years before getting married.
Jamie Watson says he fell in love with Jamie as well as her daughter and considers Maddie to be his child as well. Jamie Lynn says he’s the dad every girl deserves.
10. Daughter Maddie Nearly Died
Jamie’s daughter Maddie nearly died in an ATV accident. She was 8 years old. The ATV drove into a pond, and Maddie was close to death. Jamie says her daughter was unresponsive until a priest prayed for her in the ICU.
11. Jamie Watson and Jamie Lynn Have a Child Together
Jamie Lynn and husband Jamie Watson have a daughter together. Her name is Ivey Joan.
12. What She Learned From Sister Britney Spears
Jamie Lynn says she’s always looked up to her big sister. She says the most important thing she’s learned from sister Britney is to prioritize family and those that really know you.
13. Jamie’s Favorite Britney Spears’ Song
Jamie isn’t just Britney Spears’ sister, she’s also a fan of her music. When asked about her favorite Britney Spears song, she says it has always been Lucky.
14. Follow Me Re-Released
In 202, Jamie rereleased Follow Me. The song was reimagined and included the original cast of the show. It was released on Youtube.
15. Daughter Maddie Wasn’t Impressed With Zoey 101
Jamie wanted to show Zoey 101 to her daughter Maddie, but Maddie wasn’t impressed. Jamie says she might not be as cool as she thought she was.
16. Zoey 101 Reboot
Jamie Lynn says she would be open to a Zoey 101 reboot. Given the re-release of the theme song, a reboot might be in the works.
17. Jamie Was Nervous About Acting Again
Jamie Lynn says she was very nervous about getting back into acting. She had been out of the spotlight for 10 years when she decided to relaunch her career.
18. Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias
Jamie came back to the spotlight by staring at the Netflix series Sweet Magnolias. She plays Noreen, a woman who got pregnant with a married doctor.
Jamie says that she relates to the character because she knows what it’s like to be judged for her choices.
19. Jamie’s Support for Her Older Sister
Jamie Lynn has taken to social media in support of her sister after the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears. She posted on her Instagram story stating “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.”
She came to Britney’s defense with her Instagram post after Britney received negative comments on the social media platform.
20. The Free Britney Movement
As Britney’s younger sister, she supports the Free Britney movement. Framing Britney Spears focuses on Britney’s conservatorship. In 2008, she was put under conservatorship due to a mental illness. Britney has spoken out about her struggles with mental health, hoping to inspire other celebrities to be open about their struggles.
Britney Spears’ lawyer recently filed a petition with the Los Angeles court to have Britney’s father permanently removed as her conservator after Jamie Spears stepped down as sole conservator.
21. Maddie is Jamie Lynn’s Best Friend
Jamie says ever since she’s been a little girl, Maddie is her best friend.
22. When the Lights Go Out
Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out gives a candid look at the star and her life. She talks about her childhood, being a child star, growing up with Britney, and her current career goals.
23. Her First Acting Role Was Crossroads
Jamie Lynn began her rise as a child star alongside her sister. Britney played the leading role in the movie Crossroads. Jamie had a cameo role as the younger sister of Britney’s character, Lucy.
24. Jamie is Still Creating Music
Jamie hasn’t hit country singer superstardom, but she does have more than 100 songs in her catalog.
25. Jamie Lynn Auditioned for Twilight
Jamie auditioned for the film Twilight, although it was against her will. She says her managers had to force her to audition for the role. She doesn’t seem to have any regrets about not landing the role, even though it could have catapulted her career.
25 Things You Didn’t Know About Jamie Lynn Spears FAQs
How old is Jamie Lynn Spears?
Jamie Lynn Spears is currently 30 years old. She was born on April 4, 1991.
What does Bryan Spears do?
Bryan Spears is the oldest of the Spears siblings. He’s a producer. He helped manage Britney’s early career and played a big role in many of Jamie’s projects. He was so closely involved with Jamie’s career he married her manager. Bryan Spears seems to be happy behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera.
Is Victorious a spin-off of Zoey 101?
Victorious isn’t technically a spin-off of Zoey 101, although they do occur in the same universe. Zoey 101 takes place at the boarding school Pacific Coast Academy. Victorious takes place at Hollywood Arts High School. However, both shows frequently mention another school, Northridge.
What did Jamie say about Elon Musk?
Jamie posted an Instagram video claiming that Tesla was a “secret cat killer” because it is so quiet. She went on to say that CEO Elon Musk owed her a couple of cats. Jamie Lynn explained that the car is so quiet the cats don’t hear the Tesla crank. This causes unfortunate things to happen to them.
Will the Zoey 101 reboot happen?
Yes. The cast and crew are currently in the creative process and plan to release the Zoey 101 reboot in 2021.
What type of music does Jamie Lynn Spears sing?
Jamie Lynn Spears sings country music. She says she never wanted to be a pop star like her sister, although she got to go along for the ride. Jamie says honesty and authenticity are extremely important to her as a singer. She’s spent years finding her own unique sound and is expected to release a full album in the near future.