How Jamie Lynn Spears’ Being pregnant Affected ‘Zoey 101’ for Women

  • Jamie Lynn Spears spoke in regards to the criticism she obtained when she grew to become pregnant at 16 years outdated. 
  • Spears, who was starring on “Zoey 101,” was advised that she “ruined” the present for younger women.
  • Spears mentioned the “complete world turned on me” as a teen due to a call she made about her physique.

Jamie Lynn Spears mentioned that she was referred to as “the worst human alive” for getting pregnant at 16 whereas starring on “Zoey 101,” and was blamed for ruining the Nickelodeon present for younger women. 

“I didn’t need to let anyone down, however I needed to do what was proper for me,” Spears mentioned on the newest episode of the podcast “Higher Tomorrow With Hannah Brown,” launched on Wednesday.

Spears, who grew up within the highlight because of the profession of her older sister Britney Spears, achieved fame of her personal when she landed the function of Zoey Brooks on the sitcom “Zoey 101,” which lasted for 4 seasons between 2005 and 2008. Spears mentioned that the general public notion of her swiftly modified when she introduced her being pregnant in December 2007. 

The cancellation of “Zoey 101” was believed to be due to Spears’ being pregnant, however the star advised Folks TV in 2016 that she wasn’t beneath contract on the time. 

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Jamie Lynn Spears on “Zoey 101.”


Spears, who welcomed a daughter named Maddie in 2008 with then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, advised Brown that she “took accountability” for her actions in a manner that “made sense for me.”

“That doesn’t make sense for everybody else, however it made sense for me and the entire world got here down and advised me I used to be the worst human alive for doing so and that each younger woman who ever watched my present was going to be ruined due to me and my private resolution,” she mentioned. 

“The entire world turned on me once I was simply 16 as a result of I made a decision to choose about my physique as a younger woman and what I wished to do,” Spears added.

Spears stopped performing when she grew to become pregnant and relocated to a metropolis within the “center of nowhere” in Mississippi. She didn’t have a mobile phone and lived on a strict funds for a number of years.

She mentioned that for the primary eight to 10 years of Maddie’s life, she was “obsessive” about being a great mom in order that haters wouldn’t get satisfaction.

“Even when it was the toughest factor in the entire whole world at instances, I used to be decided to not fail or not be the mother that they mentioned I used to be gonna be,” she mentioned.

Jamie Lynn Spears in September 2007.

Jamie Lynn Spears in September 2007.

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The “Candy Magnolias” star mentioned that residing a standard life was essential, particularly throughout a time when she “was being shamed as a girl for making a selection about my very own life, and on a public scale.”

Spears returned to performing in 2020, starring on the Netflix collection “Candy Magnolias.” Most lately, she reprised her function as Zoey for “Zoey 102,” a movie sequel for Paramount+.

Spears and her husband Jamie Watson, who’ve been married since 2014, welcomed a second daughter named Ivey in 2018. The star mentioned that she’s “grateful” that her youngsters can “see their mother working and succeeding once I was advised I wasn’t going to.”

Spears additionally mentioned that she believes that these days, the media wouldn’t be as harsh about teen being pregnant as they have been towards her 15 years in the past.

“In these instances, there would by no means be a information cowl story in each journal on the planet telling you that you’re a slut and your life is ruined and also you’re by no means going to be something due to the truth that you had a child,” she mentioned. “They wouldn’t permit that in at the moment’s world, however that’s the instances we have been in. I’m simply so grateful that my 15-year-old will get to see her mom working, doing what she loves.”