Jamie Lynn Spears blows out the candles during an early birthday celebration in this pic from Glamour‘s March issue.
Here’s what the singer and actress, who turns 21 in April, had to share with the mag:
On why she wasn’t using birth control when she got pregnant: “I believe in safety and birth control as prevention. But like many young girls … I was really scared to go to the doctor. And I was on a Nickelodeon show, and it [felt] especially embarrassing to ask someone to put me on birth control. I didn’t want to ask my doctor, because she had a little girl.”
On the media attention surrounding her pregnancy: “I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down. I apologize for that. But I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy. I hated when [the tabloids] said that. Everybody is dealt a hand of cards. It was my choice to play them the way I played them. But the hateful comments hurt.”
On getting back to work: “I was a kid who did a kid show. Then I went away and raised my child, and the world has never met me as an adult. This is the first time anybody is really meeting me as a grown woman and grown mother making a decision about what to do with my life. Do people have an idea of who they think I am? Yes, and that’s fine with me. My music will speak for itself.”
For more on Jamie Lynn, including some quotes on her ex, Casey Aldridge, and older sister Britney, check out Glamour.com!