Living in an Australian jungle, Jamie Lynn Spears is speaking openly about the challenges she faced when she became pregnant with her first child, Maddie Aldridge, at 16.
On Monday’s episode of the British TV show “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” Spears, 32, cried while speaking about her first pregnancy to fellow French reality TV veteran Fred Sirieix.
“After I finished ‘Zoey (101),’ I had, you know, the love of my life – (or so I would have thought) – and I got pregnant. And I decided to keep the baby,” Spears said. said. “The whole world was like, ‘You’re a slut. You’re horrible. Your life is over.’ …Because I got pregnant young. I was on a children’s show.
Spears has previously said that she became pregnant in 2007, a few months after the popular Nickelodeon show wrapped filming, and that it did not cause the show’s demise.
When Sirieix asked about her parents, Spears responded, “They had a lot going on, but I think they were just sad that I was in this situation. But also, it’s your baby that’s going to have a baby.”
As Spears lay in a hammock, tears streamed from the corners of her eyes as she recounted her parents’ reaction to her pregnancy. “When I got pregnant, they didn’t want me to have the baby – just a lot of people around me,” she said.
“What you did is incredible,” Sirieix reassured her. “You have so much strength of character to do what you did.”
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The experience encouraged her to empower herself to “be able to make my own decisions,” Spears told Sirieix. While her parents thought she was going to doctor’s appointments, she was secretly meeting with a lawyer.
“My poor mother. We put her through this,” Spears said of the moment her lawyer showed up at the family’s home. “She didn’t want me to do this because she knew it would mean I would probably marry my father’s child and lose the fortune I had accumulated over the years of work since I was very young.”
Spears was engaged to Casey Aldridge, Maddie’s father, from 2008 to 2010.
Her mother replied, “Go ahead, baby.” Go for it,” Spears said. “It was the first time where… I was in control.”
“Everyone was telling me I was going to be a horrible mom, so I was like, ‘I have to raise my baby on my own.’ And that’s what I did,” Spears said. She “had to go into hiding” in a boarded-up house in Mississippi due to “relentless” media coverage, but that didn’t stop paparazzi from snapping photos of her “in the middle of nowhere.”
“I wanted my baby to be normal,” she said.
When Sirieix struck up a conversation with Spears about her “superstar” family on Episode 2 of “I’m A Celebrity,” now in its 23rd season, she explained, “I think every family beats and has his stuff. I talked to (Britney Spears) before I came here. We love each other.”
In an interview with producers, Spears reflected on her conversation with her co-star. “I’m proud of where I am now,” said Spears, who married Jamie Watson in 2014 and welcomed their second daughter, Ivey Joan Watson, in 2018.
She added, “I’m not sharing it in a way to be sad or cry, but I’m just really grateful.”
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