Jamie Lynn Spears opened up in regards to the struggles she confronted from getting pregnant at 16 — whereas starring on successful TV present.
“Once I was not a lot older than my daughter is now … I turned pregnant, and sure, that was one thing that I took duty for the best way that made sense for me,” Spears, 32, mentioned through the Wednesday, July 26, episode of the “Higher Tomorrow With Hannah Brown” podcast. “That doesn’t make sense for everybody else, but it surely made sense for me, and the entire world got here down and informed me I used to be the worst human alive for doing so, and that each younger lady who ever watched my present was going to be ruined due to me and my private choice.”
Whereas Spears, who was starring because the titular character on Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 on the time of her being pregnant, shared that she “didn’t wish to let anybody down,” she additionally “needed to do what was proper” for her. Her choice to have a child whereas engaged on a teen present in the end sparked a public outcry.
“[People were] having the dialog of younger women my age had been having intercourse. And I believe folks didn’t need that … Of like, this is happening, however plenty of them aren’t getting pregnant” she defined, including, “If I might’ve had an abortion, nobody would have recognized about it, but it surely wouldn’t have modified the truth that I had intercourse. So I believe that was actually the larger dialog, like, ‘Now, younger women are going to wish to have intercourse, or they’re.’”
Spears led the present, which adopted her character as she settles in at her new boarding college in Malibu, for 4 seasons earlier than the community in the end pulled the plug in 2008. The actress gave delivery to her daughter, Maddie, whom she shares with ex Casey Aldridge, later that 12 months. (Spears additionally shares daughter Ivey, 5, with husband Jamie Watson, whom she married in 2014.)
Whereas Spears informed Nylon journal in October 2020 that she “didn’t grow to be pregnant till in all probability six months” after Zoey 101 wrapped — and that the present had merely run its course — she famous on Wednesday’s podcast episode that she was “shamed as a lady for making a alternative.”
“Nobody mentioned one good factor,” she recalled. “It was similar to, ‘You’re the worst, you’ve ruined every thing, each baby now, wow, what a let-down you might be.’ And so I simply suppose that like, I might hope that we’d do higher.”
Spears added that she hopes issues could be totally different right this moment — and that her expertise returning for her new movie, Zoey 102, which premiered on Paramount+ Thursday, July 27, was a “full-circle” second.
“When my daughter [Maddie, now 15,] got here on set of [Zoey 102], she was like, ‘Wow, Mother, I can’t consider all of those individuals are right here due to your present, and you probably did that, I’m so happy with you,’” Spears shared. “And I swear to you that was just like the second that I mentioned, ‘Thanks, God. Thanks a lot, that second makes all of it value it.’”