While pop star Britney Spears’ battle against the controversial conservatorship that’s controlled her life for the last 13 years continues to intensify, her younger sister is planning a memoir about her life story.
About the life story, that is, of the younger Spears herself — actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears, whose tome is set to hit shelves in January 2022.
Word of her forthcoming book was confirmed by Worthy Publishing on Monday — one day after the younger Spears took to Instagram to reveal that the siblings’ relationship still seems to be intact. Via an Instagram Story, the actress showed off a box of gifts to her followers that had been sent by the elder Spears, gifts that were meant for the young children of Jamie Lynn. “Nothing sweeter than coming home to a box full of goodies for my girls from their auntie,” she wrote about the gifts that included stuffed animals.
A representative from Jamie Lynn Spears’ management did not respond to an email seeking comment about the memoir. Worthy Publishing, however, released a statement which noted that: “Jamie Lynn’s book has been in development over the past 12 months and will allow the world to hear her inspiring story in her own words, for the first time.”
Speaking of Spears’ celebrity big sister, it at least temporarily seemed that the title of the upcoming memoir would be a nod to the lyrics of Spears’ breakout 1998 song ...Baby One More Time. Early reports noted that Jamie Lynn’s book was to be titled I Must Confess: Family, Fame, and Figuring it Out. Worthy, however, later announced that title was released to book websites “erroneously.” The publisher added: “We deeply regret that incorrect and incomplete information about her book has appeared in the public space, particularly at this sensitive time for Jamie Lynn and her family.”
The current Amazon landing page for the memoir swaps out the part of the title lifted from Britney’s song (”I must confess …”) and replaces it with “My Story.” Meanwhile, her sister is about to be back in the spotlight yet again, thanks to the singer’s ongoing battle to wrest control of her life back — and away from the conservatorship that’s controlled her for more than a decade.
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- The pop star has been sharing fiery Instagram posts ahead of a critical court hearing on Wednesday.
- Wednesday’s court date in Los Angeles is a follow-up to the singer’s emotional testimony to a judge last month, which came at a hearing on June 23.
- Among other developments, the ACLU recently filed a brief in support of the singer’s legal efforts.
Organizers of the grassroots “Free Britney” movement were expected to start arriving outside the courthouse in the early morning hours Wednesday, ahead of the hearing before Judge Brenda Penny at 4:30 pm Eastern Time.
It’s been characterized as something of a make-or-break moment in the singer’s quest to eventually win her freedom and rid herself of the constraints of the conservatorship that controls her life in exceedingly minute detail. At issue, specifically, on Wednesday, is whether Spears should be allowed to hire her own attorney. Which might sound like a curious court battle for an American citizen to have to fight, but that’s also why the ACLU filed a brief adding its voice in support of Spears’ move here.
Public attention returned to the case last month, when Spears gave devastating testimony in court that aired a laundry list of complaints against the conservatorship and her family, which she says control everything from her finances to her reproductive choices.
“Britney Spears has said that she wants to pick her own lawyer and the court should respect that wish,” Zoë Brennan-Krohn, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Disability Rights Project, said in a statement released on Tuesday. “The court should ensure Spears has access to the tools she needs to make that choice meaningfully and to hire someone she trusts to advocate for her stated goal — to get out of her conservatorship.”
Spears’ right to select an attorney, the statement continued, is “not only a basic tenet of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, but also consistent with principles of personal autonomy and agency.”
Spears told the court last month that she wants to end her conservatorship without being forced to endure more psychological testing that she’s described as traumatizing and abusive. Per the terms of her conservatorship, she’s also been prohibited from removing an intrauterine device which prevents her from having more children.
“I am not happy. I can’t sleep,” Spears said during the hearing last month. “I’m so angry. It’s insane. And I’m depressed. My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail.”
In recent days, Spears’ court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III (who’s filled that role since 2008), disclosed his resignation in court filings. Spears has said she wants to hire her own counsel, and also that Ingham hadn’t told her she has a right to petition the court to end the conservatorship. There have been a flurry of additional motions and court filings since then.
Former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart has also reportedly agreed to Britney’s request that he represent her.
Incidentally, this groundswell of new developments in the legal case, as well as the public support it’s garnered, are why the timing of Jamie Lynn’s upcoming book has drawn fire from some of her sister’s fans.
According to a report from E!, the original synopsis of Jamie Lynn’s book said it would reveal details including “never-before-heard stories that are at times funny, inspiring, messy, and uncomfortable. Like having her mom’s credit card declined at Limited Too when her sister was on the radio. How it feels to have inspired 16 and Pregnant with her own life story. Why her daughter’s ATV accident caused her to re-evaluate and redirect her life. And why her family is just like any other family.”