How 'Zoey 101' Took Jamie Lynn Spears Away From Sister Britney Spears
| LAST UPDATE 04/11/2021
A new special, Star Sisters: E! True Hollywood Story, gives insight into how younger celebs learned from their famous siblings as they took on the world of Hollywood themselves. Looking into the Spears sisters' relationship, the show addresses how Jamie Lynn's breakout role in Zoey 101 led to a rift in her relationship with the Princess of Pop.
The famous siblings, who share an age gap of nine years, were like two peas in a pod until the younger star landed a role in the hit Nickelodeon show. "Once Jamie Lynn started Zoey 101, it pulled her away from her everyday life of being Britney's little sister," said producer and choreographer Brian Friedman in the new E! special.
"That also came about at a time when the paparazzi and the gossip media was more powerful and active than it had ever been before," explained Spencer Kornhaber, a journalist from The Atlantic, on how Jamie Lynn's career took off at about the same time that the media attention on Britney got incredibly strong. "People were paying tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for images of famous people, and Britney Spears was the most valuable commodity on the planet."
While they might've been closer today had Jamie Lynn not embarked on her own path, it's no secret the ladies still have a strong connection. The day before the episode aired, Britney took to Instagram for a belated birthday message dedicated to her sister. The post surprisingly featured a shot of the two starlets along with Spears' ex, Justin Timberlake. But we'll focus on the sweet caption the Princess of Pop wrote alongside it, where she described the mother-daughter-esque relationship the two sisters share.
Brit showered her sister in compliments and described how she was practically Jamie Lynn's "momma" when the little one was growing up. It's safe to say neither of them are young girls anymore: Jamie Lynn just turned 30, and the older Spears is 39-years-old.
Earlier this year, the mother-of-two came to her sister's defense after the premiere of The New York Times Presents documentary Framing Britney Spears. "Dear media, try not to repeat the mistakes of your past. Look where that got us. Do better," Jamie Lynn wrote on her Instagram Story. "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be Kind. Always." The Toxic singer recently revealed she only watched part of the documentary and felt "embarrassed by the light they put me in." You can read all of the details on that post here.