(Trends Wide) — Jamie Lynn Spears has opened up about what led to her strained relationship with her older sister, pop star Britney Spears.
There has been a misconception, the young Spears said, about her role in Britney Spears’ 13-year conservatorship, which ended last year after a judge removed their father, Jamie Spears, from overseeing her finances and medical decisions.
“When (the conservatorship) got going, I was 17, about to have a baby,” Jamie Lynn Spears, 30, told Juju Chang on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I didn’t understand what was going on or focus on it…I understood as little about it then as I do now.”
“I wasn’t overseeing the funding or anything like that, and if there was (that perception), that was a misunderstanding, but I didn’t take steps to be a part of it anyway.”
Jamie Lynn Spears even went so far as to help Britney Spears, now 40, explore options for getting out of conservatorship, said the actress-singer who rose to fame on Nickelodeon’s hit show “Zoey 101” and is now promoting his new book, “Things I Should Have Said”.
“I’ve always been my sister’s biggest supporter,” Jamie Lynn Spears told “GMA.” “So when I needed help I set up ways to do that, I did everything I could to make sure I had the contacts I needed to possibly go ahead and end this conservatorship and just get this all over with for our family. If it’s going to cause so much discord, why continue?”
“I even talked to his legal team… his previous legal team, and that didn’t end in my favor,” he added. “I took the steps to help. How many times can I take the steps without… She has to walk through the door.”
Britney Spears testified twice last year that the conservatorship was “abusive,” alleging that she was forced to perform, use contraception and take medication against her will.
The Grammy winner has blamed her family in her Instagram posts for the conservatorship since it came to an end. The “Baby One More Time” singer also recently unfollowed Jamie Lynn Spears on Instagram.
“That love is still there 100%, I love my sister,” Spears said Wednesday. “I’ve just loved and supported her and done the right thing for her. And she knows that. So I don’t know why we’re in this position right now.”