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Jamie Lynn Spears says it was her ‘personal responsibility’ to quit fame after getting pregnant at 15 – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

Jamie Lynn Spears says it was her ‘personal responsibility’ to quit fame after getting pregnant at 15

Jamie Lynn Spears has opened up about her personal decision to step away from the public eye when she became pregnant at the age of 15.

In an episode of the “Better Tomorrow” podcast with Hannah Brown, Spears, who is now 32, spoke about the backlash she received at the time, saying, “That decision may not have made sense to everyone else, but it was the right decision for me. The whole world criticized me and told me I was the worst person alive, and that my personal choice would ruin the lives of young girls who watched my show.”

At the time, Spears left the popular Nickelodeon show “Zoey 101,” which aired from 2005 to 2008, in order to focus on her pregnancy.

Jamie Lynn Spears
Spears portrayed Zoey Brooks in “Zoey 101.”
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Jamie Lynn Spears
The star of “Sweet Magnolias” ended her career early and moved to Mississippi to raise her daughter Maddie, who was born in 2008.
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After leaving the show, Spears used her teenage pregnancy as an opportunity to start fresh in Mississippi, away from the public eye.

She revealed that she got rid of her cell phone and opted for a landline instead, and encouraged people not to contact her.


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“I told no one to call me, and I created a budget,” she continued. “I lived strictly according to that budget for about 10 years. I just wanted to be a normal person and be away from the spotlight.”

Spears also expressed her enjoyment of being able to go to the store without being recognized and having her photo taken.

Jamie Lynn Spears with her family
In addition to Maddie, Spears also welcomed Ivey Joan in 2018.
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“Interacting with people like that on a daily basis gives you a different perspective when newspapers write false negative headlines about you. It doesn’t matter. These are the people who matter,” she said.

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Spears went on to have her daughter Maddie, now 15, in June 2008 with her ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge. She also has a daughter named Ivey Joan, who is 5 years old, with her husband Jamie Watson.

Although Spears took a break from the spotlight, she has slowly made a comeback in Hollywood, landing a major role in “Sweet Magnolias.” She is also set to return to Pacific Coast Academy in the film “Zoey 102,” which will be released on Thursday.

Jamie Lynn Spears opened up about her “personal” decision to step away from the limelight when she got pregnant at 15.

“That was something I took responsibility for the way that made sense for me,” Spears, now 32, told Hannah Brown on Wednesday’s episode of the “Better Tomorrow” podcast.

Speaking about the backlash she received at the time, the mom of two said, “That doesn’t make sense for everyone else, but it made sense for me and the whole world came down and told me I was the worst human alive for doing so and that every young girl who ever watched my show was going to be ruined because of me and my personal decision.”

At the time, she quit the hit Nickelodeon show “Zoey 101,” which ran from 2005 to 2008, to focus on her pregnancy.

Jamie Lynn Spears
She played Zoey Brooks in “Zoey 101.”
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Jamie Lynn Spears
The “Sweet Magnolias” star cut her career short and moved to Mississippi to raise daughter Maddie, whom she gave birth to in 2008.
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Following her decision to leave the show behind, Spears used her teen pregnancy as a way to start all over again — this time, in the “middle of nowhere” in Mississippi.

She detailed that she got rid of her cell phone and opted for a “house phone” instead. However, she encouraged people to not contact her.


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“I was like, ‘No one call me,’ [and] I put myself on a budget,” she continued to detail. “I had a budget for, like, 10 years that I lived very strictly by and I just wanted to be normal and I just really wanted to be away.”

The actress furthered that she enjoyed going to the store without worrying that the clerks — or anyone, for that matter — would recognize her and sneak a photo.

Jamie Lynn Spears with her family
Aside from Maddie, Spears also welcomed Ivey Joan in 2018.
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“Interacting with people like that on a daily basis makes you have a much different outlook whenever a newspaper writes a bad headline about you that’s not true. Like, you know what, that doesn’t matter. These are the people that matter,” she noted.

Spears went on to welcome daughter Maddie, now 15, in June 2008 with ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge. The “All That” star also shares daughter Ivey Joan, 5, with husband Jamie Watson.

And while Spears briefly stepped away from the spotlight, she has slowly made her comeback to Hollywood, scoring a main role in “Sweet Magnolias.” She is also preparing to head back to Pacific Coast Academy in the film “Zoey 102,” out Thursday.

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