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Lynne Spears Talks Britney's Breakdown

Lynne Spears Talks Britney's Breakdown

Lynne Spears, the mother of Spears sisters Britney and Jamie Lynn, opened up to The Today Show earlier this morning to talk about her new book, “Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.” She talked about how Britney is doing now and what it was like to find out Jamie Lynn was pregnant.

On why she wrote the book: “I have sat for hours thinking and thinking about everything that’s happened. It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a wild ride for everybody. I think there was the tabloid version of our lives. I wanted people to see our family as we really are.”

On getting sucked into fame and fortune: “There’s the honeymoon phase at first. Everything is fabulous. Look at the wonderful trips she gets to go on. Look at the wonderful people she’s meeting. Then there’s the ugly side of things that turns, and we weren’t ready for that, either.”

On being a stage mom: “Britney pushed me, because I was a teacher… In Louisiana I had a preschool for 15 years and then I went into the public school. Of course I tried to be with Britney as much as I could, but when she was 15, 16 years old that’s when Felicia, a very good family friend, she traveled with Britney. I had to stay home, because Jamie Lynn was in school. I had another daughter. Another misconception was that I was always with Britney when I really wasn’t.”

On the 1999 Rolling Stone cover where Britney posed in her bra: “We were in shock at what was going on, and we were in awe. We didn’t have any choice in the pictures. We had no one that could tell us what we were supposed to be doing.”

On her darkest time when Britney was committed to a hospital for psychiatric problems and Jamie Lynn was 16 and pregnant: “It was so crazy at that time. I don’t think anybody was trying to sit and think what was going on. We were praying very hard, because it seemed like we were having no control over anything that was happening. We were trying.”


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  • babey5xoxo

    how can a mom try to make money off of her own daughter….thats sadd……to choose money over a exploiting her daughter’s personal problems.

  • Rita

    GOD I HATE HER .. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE WOMAN!
    I adore some celebs, don’t care about others in this lala land, but this woman is just despicable.

  • OH SNAP

    she is nothing but trash just like her daufghters if i was her i would be embarrass to put my jones rivers looking face one tv

  • Heather

    Ridiculous. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. How did she cope with a rising superstar teenager who was becoming very sexually active at a very young age, who was caught on a jet with cocaine and so on, and so on? “We prayed a lot.” What kind of BS is that? Praying is not going to get your teenager away from adults who will supply her with drugs!! If my 15 year old gets caught on a jet with cocaine, let alone all the other crap she was doing, the plug gets pulled on the insane roller coaster ride of a career, and she can restart when she’s an adult.

    Those of us who are old enough will remember the anti-drug campaign put out by Carroll O’Connor (Archie Bunker) that said “do whatever you can to get between your kid and drugs”. His son OD’d. Lynne Spears is damned lucky her older daughter is not dead (yet), and is also bloody fortunate that Jamie Lynn has only been a teen mom so far and hasn’t gone way further.

    Shake your head, woman! These are not things faced by every family – these are extreme problems that should have never been allowed to be created in the first place!!!!! Lady, it is your JOB to protect your children and prepare them for real life, not throw them into an adult world, to fend for themselves as adults and then write tell-alls about the stuff they did while you were neglecting them. WOW. This woman is an idiot.

  • Asya

    SHUT UPPPPP
    I HATE HER
    she’s so groose
    talking about her girls for some bucks.

    EWWWW
    I’m sorry for you, Brit!!!

  • mandy

    heather: whot told you they caught brit with drugs in a jet?? Tha’t bs!
    I read that in some stupid website too but that’s a lie, lynn never said that of britney in her book so dont post stupid things!

  • juliet. where romeo?

    her accent is worse and more annoying than sarah palins.

  • ouch

    ugh!

    This woman is the type tht should NOT have had children!

    Trailer trash with dollar signs in her eyes. gross

  • zzzz

    She had “no choice” about the pictures of her 16 year old in a bra???!!! I thought this woman was her mother and manager. And she needed someone to tell them what to do?! What about a simple “My child is not posing in lingerie and that’s final. Geez What a piece of work this bitch is. Just gold-digging trash,

  • jana

    I really hate her!!!!! What the hell is going on with her?

    Making money of her own daughters ??????

    I cant even find the words…. thats so sad and urgh… I hate her!

    I am so glad that my mom just want the best for me, Sorry, Brit!!

  • andamentothat

    whats with this Britney pushed me crap.. Who was the adult then?? Now passing the buck that she had to let Britney go with a neighbor as she had to care for Jamie.. Stop it Lynne Spears.. You have no backbone whatsoever.. Blaming your lack of parenting skills on your daughter.

  • She-who-shall-not-be-named

    It has always been speculated that she was the momager, and now she is she trying to get off the hook by putting the blame on the neighbour . That doesn’t say much about her rational thinking as a mother. But I give her props for bein smart about her answers., because she didn’t really give any straight answers.

  • janielle

    Woman please, nobody gives a d*mn about your dysfunctional family.

    Stop exploiting your children.

  • janielle

    What a poor excuse of a mother.

  • Karma

    I think she did well. She seems like a nice person. And there is nothing more powerful that prayer.

  • Krissy

    give this women a break
    obviously, she’s been through enuf..
    her family was heading, sumwhere in to the business, and they didn’t know how to control it.
    so shutt up:#
    there religious, ppl, who belive, that w/e god did, or wanted to happen..happend for a reason.
    and guess wat? brit’s doing fine. and now jamie is on her way, of being a mom.
    yes, karma is a bitch# but none of those reasons, to what happend to them, reflects how they are, as a person.( from b4)
    before fame they were fine. hollywood, gets to worst out of ppl..making them do crazy things, even ppl knowing there business.

    AND yes, fame can get to you..cuz yur not incontrol..they are!!!!
    w/e the producers, photo’s, interviewers..want they get.
    so don’t blame her, since she couldn’t do much about it.
    and if she made a big deal about it..then it would be all over the news..nd of course, yu don’t wanna do that >.>

    i think brit’s and jamie’s mom is doing a great job.
    writting about her life, is awesome ^.^
    you can tell, she’s talented jus like her daughters.
    SHE’S NOT TRYING TO MAKE MONEY, OFF HER DAUGHTERS.
    I BET YU ANYTHING, THAT THE BOOK SHE’S GONNA WRITE, IS GONNA MAKE HER FAMOUS.( EVEN IF HER BRIT/ JAMIE IS IN THERE) + SHE HAS ANOTHER CHILD TOO!! – BRYAN SPEARS?
    AND IT’S ALSO GOOD, TO WRITE WUT’S GOING ON IN YUR LIFE.
    MOST AUTHORS DO THAT TO WRITE ABOUT THE TRUTH.

    she did a pretty good job, by laying out the facts.
    very theroe, and precise to get the real deal out of the open.
    You can tell she cares. y else would she be there, to talk about it, and get her feelings out?

    - they are trying- nuff said <3

  • aimee

    Okay this woman needs to sell crazy someplace else. Did she just say “we were all in shock” and “we had no say” when it came to those photos of her teen daughter on that RS cover?? This chick is not only trying to play crazy, she’s trying to play the sympathy card. You were the MOM/MANAGER Lynne. Dont act like you couldnt tell the folks at RS “hell to the naw” back then.

  • someone

    “We had no control…”
    MAYBE Britney had no control back then over those pictures. (although they certainly did make a big deal out of telling the world that the Baby One More Time video was Britney’s own idea) But Lynn was the mother of a minor and ultimately she was in charge. What she MEANT was that fame, fortune, and a cool career for her daughter was too alluring to risk sticking her neck out for her daughter’s innocence and self-respect.

    Also, I know Lynn wasn’t with Britney all the time but I don’t buy that she was so concerned with staying home and being a parent to JL. Lynn is the one who split her family apart for several months (a year?) so that Britney could do Broadway. And has she forgotten that she has THREE kids? If there’s anyone I feel sorry for in that family, it’s Brian Spears. He seems to be The Overlooked One.

  • hahaha

    Krissy #16, Are you on crack? You should read your silly, sloppy-drunk comments when you’re sober.

  • chloe

    Bad form Mrs Spears.
    It’s not a good idea to sell the dirt on your daughters….either way it happened whether she was there or not – she should have shut her mouth.

    I love Britney & Jamie Lynn and i hope they stay on track and continue to shine…with hair or with no hair….with babies or without….you go girls!!

  • Stefanie

    I can’t stand her! I hate how she’s been selling her kids for their entire life!
    she’s the reason Britney had a breakdown..! stupid woman just leave your kids alone and they’re better off!

  • alannah-jaide

    It’s like she’s trying to blame Britney. What sort of mother is she?

  • ang

    Lynn Spears is a horrible mother. Pushing a 14 yr old Britney 2 date an 18 yr old high school jock jus 2 become popular until Britney loses her virginity (sounds like an episode of ’1 3 Hill’ featuring d Brooke character). 18 yr old high school jocks only hav 1 ting on their minds! Mos fathers wouldnt even allow their daughters 2 date at all! Lynn Spears is partially 2 blame 4 Britney’s current problems! Britney is famous. So hw cn Lynn reveal wen Britney lost her virginity. Lynn is stupid!

  • pinkydoo

    This woman just needs to go far far away. I think it’s a disgrace what she has done to her children. I blame parents, there is no excuse. She saw the money rolling in, and that is all she cared about. End of story. She is so white trash.

  • ****

    wow ang, someone should hit you in the head with a brick maybe then you stp typinnhg likke 2 this 4.

  • cris

    she was shocked at the ROLLING STONE cover?!
    what about the crotch shots mommy? did you see THE CROTCH SHOTS??

  • BS

    Gross!! I HATE her voice!!!!!!! most annoying ever!!! I feel sorry for Brit cuz Lynn made her that way!!! and now she pretend’s like ” wow, I couldn’t do anything.” it was not Brit who pushed Lynn, it was Lynn who pushed Brit to this freakshow called life. She wanted to make money on Brit. Well she succeded with the money and the fame but NOT with the daughter. Which good mother pushes her kid from the age of 10 to this crazy Hollywood world with sex and drugs?? the answer is Lynn Spears. she should have an award for the Worst Mom Ever!!
    This is totally CRAZY!!! this woman can freak anyone out!! this is so Awkward!!!!

  • I luv Britney Spears!

    Ok, so yeah her daughters went out of control! You guys are saying she sold her kids out! But you are forgetting somebody! Bryan Spears! He is the older brother of Brit and Jamie! She cant control what her 25 year old daughter did! Brit is grown up, and makes her own choices. Yes she could have done more to get her back on right track, but her daughter was busy- tours, taking care of kids, music videos, recording studios. Where ever Britney went paparazzi were ther, She couldnt go to the park because of them, out to lunch, NOWHERE! And its likely that a person with all that going on can snap!
    Now Jamie,
    I didnt really pay much attention to Jamie when she got pregant but Lynn is HELPING her its not like she said ” Ok jamie now your gonna have a kid, make money of it, and im not gonna help you because its only for money.” No! thats not what happened! Plus Jamie looked up to Britney she saw what she was doing, and yes maybe Jamie wanted more attention, so she was just gonna go a little crazy and it went out of hand and she got pregant MAYBE! I dont know! Besides if you hate the Spears family so much why are you watching this?

  • I luv Britney Spears!

    Ok, so yeah her daughters went out of control! You guys are saying she sold her kids out! But you are forgetting somebody! Bryan Spears! He is the older brother of Brit and Jamie! She cant control what her 25 year old daughter did! Brit is grown up, and makes her own choices. Yes she could have done more to get her back on right track, but her daughter was busy- tours, taking care of kids, music videos, recording studios. Where ever Britney went paparazzi were ther, She couldnt go to the park because of them, out to lunch, NOWHERE! And its likely that a person with all that going on can snap!
    Now Jamie,
    I didnt really pay much attention to Jamie when she got pregant but Lynn is HELPING her its not like she said ” Ok jamie now your gonna have a kid, make money of it, and im not gonna help you because its only for money.” No! thats not what happened! Plus Jamie looked up to Britney she saw what she was doing, and yes maybe Jamie wanted more attention, so she was just gonna go a little crazy and it went out of hand and she got pregant MAYBE! I dont know! Besides if you hate the Spears family so much why are you watching this?

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