Jamie Lynn Spears Talks Teen Pregnancy Backlash on TLC Special

Jamie Lynn Spears has come a long way since she made headlines almost ten years ago when she fell pregnant while she was a teenager.

Britney Spears’ younger 25-year-old sister, All That and Zoey 101 alum and country singer’s life with her now 7-year-old daughter Maddie and husband James Watson is documented on the new TLC reality special Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out.

Jamie Lynn had made headlines and drew a lot of criticism in 2007 when at age 16, she announced she was expecting a baby and out of wedlock.

“The child star who got pregnant,” Jamie Lynn says on the special. “A lot of horrible, nasty things were said.”

“I look back now and I’m like, ‘Oh my Gosh,'” she adds, wiping away tears.

Jamie Lynn has occasionally talked about her teen pregnancy in the press. She told Glamour in 2012, “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.” She also said Maddie’s father, ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge, was her “first love,” adding, “Since the day I saw him, I just wanted to marry him and be with him forever and ever.”

Back in a 2013 interview with E! News, Jamie Lynn recalled being surprised to find out she was pregnant, adding, “This made no sense and I didn’t understand it and I was young.”

“I’m not just a child star,” Jamie Lynn says on the TLC special. “And I’m not just someone’s sister. And I’m not just a teen mom.”

Her and Britney’s parents, Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears also appear on program and discuss her emotional journey. The special also documents her country music career and features footage of her performance at the Grand Ole Opry this past March. Britney introduced her onstage.

“Not only is she beautiful and extremely talented, she’s my little sister,” she said.

Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out airs June 26 at 10/9c on TLC.

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