Best known for being the younger sister of superstar Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn Spears has honestly worked pretty hard over the years to pave her own path. She had a career as an actress early on and recently bounced back into Hollywood with a role on the popular Netflix series Sweet Magnolias. But after bad press surfaced regarding her alleged role in her older sister's painful conservatorship battle that has recently taken over the news, Britney fans aren't so keen on Jamie Lynn or her future on the show.
So what exactly does all of this mean for Jamie Lynn and Sweet Magnolias in general?
First of all, did you know Jamie Lynn had a brief music career?
After rising to fame in her own right by starring in the Nickelodeon series All That, followed by her breakout role as Zoey Brooks in Zoey 101, Jamie Lynn took a brief break from show business after becoming pregnant with her daughter Maddie. She was just 16 years old at the time so it was obviously a media frenzy and the drama seriously affected the young girl's budding acting career.
After taking a good five years out of the limelight to focus on her daughter, Jamie Lynn decided to make her come back in the world of country music. She moved to Nashville with her daughter and started making her own music, creating a new identity for herself that was separate from her acting career in Los Angeles and her sister's pop persona.
Her debut song "How Could I Want More" was honestly pretty good and she even co-wrote Jana Kramer's hit song "I Got the Boy." So far, she's only released one album, The Journey, but in 2020 she released a new song with Chantel Jeffries, "Follow Me," which featured a fun little Zoey 101 cast reunion in the music video. In 2016, Jamie Lynn made her big debut performing on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage, where she was surprised by her sister Britney and older brother Bryan.
With one season under her belt and season 2 in the works, Jamie Lynn appears on the popular Netflix series as Noreen Fitzgibbons. She is the new (pregnant) fiancée of Chris Klein's character Bill Townsend. Bill and Noreen previously had an affair while Bill was still married to his wife Maddie Townsend (JoAnna Garcia Swisher). In addition to following their new family dynamic, the series follows Maddie's relationship with best friends Dana Sue Sullivan (Brooke Elliott) and Helen (Heather Headley) as well as her new romance with the handsome coach, Cal Maddox (Justin Bruening).
Despite being out of the acting game for years, Jamie Lynn does a fair job on the drama series playing the other woman in a small town where everyone knows each other's business. Noreen works as a medical assistant at the Serenity Family Physicians office where Bill is a doctor, but the end of the first season left us questioning what the future holds for the couple, despite Noreen's pregnancy. There are some scenes that are a bit painful to watch, like Noreen trying to be Maddie's friend despite literally getting impregnated by her ex-husband, but it makes the show that much more interesting to watch.
Jamie Lynn's involvement in Britney's Conservatorship battle - will it affect Sweet Magnolias?
It seems like if you aren't talking about everything going on with Prince Harry leaving the royal family, you're buzzing about Britney Spears and her conservatorship battle against her father Jamie and the Spears family in general. The #freeBritney movement has gained steam in recent months after the pop star was granted her chance to speak in court after 13 years of being legally under her father's conservatorship. It's been a wild ride, to say the least.
While frustrated Britney fans were obviously livid by all of the unearthed information about how she has been treated over the past decade by her father, questions began to arise surrounding her mother Lynne as well as her younger sister Jamie Lynn. What was their involvement in the situation? After years of having her social media monitored and edited, it seems that Britney has regained control because she recently took to Instagram to call out her younger sister and everyone else who played a part in her personal hell over the past 13 years.
In a fiery Instagram post, Britney claimed that she was frustrated with Jamie Lynn for performing her songs at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards where she was being honored with the Icon Award. An interesting revelation because if you watch the above clip, she seems to be happily cheering on her sister's performance.
"I don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes !!!!!," Britney wrote. "My so-called support system hurt me deeply !!!!"
As a result of what fans have interpreted as betraying her older sister, Britney fans have started a petition to remove Jamie Lynn from her Netflix show. The petition's creator Makalah Mcnatt already has over 20k votes and counting towards the 25k goal and calls out the Spears family for their actions in the petition's description.
"Jamie Lynn Spears has been a part of the disgusting dehumanizing conservatorship of her sister Britney Spears," reads the petition. "We've learned the truth & how Jamie Lynn is just as corrupt & responsible as the people who put her sister in that conservatorship. She lives off her sister's hard-earned money, her sister doesn't even have access to her own money but Jamie Lynn & the rest of the Spears family does. Remove Jamie Lynn immediately!!!"
There's no word from Netflix yet on how all of this new drama would affect her role on the show, so only time will tell. At this point, we're fully expecting to see Jamie Lynn return as Noreen in season 2, which should be airing in 2022.