Saturday, January 15, 2022

News of Jamie Lynn Spears' Memoir Leaked Online

Originally published: July 10, 2021.

Jamie Lynn Spears, best known for her starring roles on Nickelodeon comedies All That and Zoey 101, is writing a memoir, however, the information first released was never meant to be sent to the public.

Update (1/13/22) - Jamie will be titled "Things I Should Have Said"!

Jamie Lynn Spears | CREDIT: MICHAEL LOCCISANO/GETTY

Before we go any further - #FREEBRITNEY.

The news that Jamie Lynn, younger sister of Britney Spears, is preparing to speak her own truth comes as the “Toxic” singer's conservatorship takes one dramatic twist after another.

On Friday afternoon Worthy Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, released a statement to People.

However, the publisher of Jamie Lynn Spears' upcoming memoir is speaking out after "incorrect and incomplete information" about the star's book was released online — including its title that referenced a Britney Spears lyric.

"Worthy Publishing, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, became aware earlier today that premature information about Jamie Lynn Spears's still-in-development book project has been erroneously released online to book retail sites," read a statement from Worth Publishing to People on Friday, July 9.

"We deeply regret that incorrect and incomplete information about her book has appeared in the public space, particularly at this sensitive time for Jamie Lynn and her family," the statement continued.

On Friday, Worthy Publishing's website was updated with information saying that Jamie Lynn's memoir would be titled I Must Confess: Family, Fame, and Figuring It Out — a reference to a lyric from Britney's 1998 single "…Baby One More Time".

"This was a placeholder title for internal use only," a spokesperson for Worthy Publishing told PEOPLE.

According to the publishing company, Jamie Lynn's book is "as-yet-untitled" and is scheduled for publication on Jan. 18, 2022.

"Jamie Lynn's book has been in development over the past 12 months and will allow the world to hear her inspiring story in her own words, for the first time," their statement read. "We look forward to sharing accurate and complete details about the project at the appropriate time and to celebrating the release of her memoir with Jamie Lynn and her fans next year."

According to the original synopsis shared online, the book "will reveal the details behind Jamie Lynn's highest and lowest moments" and include "never-before-heard stories that are at times funny, inspiring, messy, and uncomfortable. Like having her mom's credit card declined at Limited Too when her sister was on the radio. How it feels to have inspired 16 and Pregnant with her own life story. Why her daughter's [2017] ATV accident caused her to reevaluate and redirect her life. And why her family is just like any other family."

"She spent years escaping into different characters—on All That!, Zoey 101 and even in the role of Britney's kid sister," reads the synopsis for Jamie Lynn's memoir. "Pretending to be other people was easy, but when she decided to start a music career in Nashville, she realized she could no longer hide behind the characters she played. Soon, the real Jamie Lynn started to take center stage — a raw, blemished, and imperfect woman, standing in her own power."

Hachette Book Group’s Worthy Publishing, which specializes in Christian authors, said in its description.

The information and the internal working title have since been removed from the website.

It appears the book was originally supposed to be titled Southern Roots: Owning My Story with Love, Faith and Hope, a nod to the Spears sisters’ home state of Louisiana, but it has since been updated to I Must Confess on the publisher’s site as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers. Although this title is most likely another working title.

News of Jamie Lynn's memoir comes more than a week after she spoke out about her sister Britney's conservatorship. In several videos on her Instagram Story, the Sweet Magnolias star said she has and "always will support" Britney, who made an emotional speech to a Los Angeles court late last month asking to terminate her conservatorship.

Jamie Lynn later posted a message on her Instagram Story asking for people to stop sending "death threats" to her family.

"Hi, I respect that everyone has the right to express themselves," she wrote last Friday. "But can we please stop with the death threats, especially the death threats to children."

The former Nickelodeon star also clarified on her Instagram Stories that “only loved, adored and supported” her sister over the years, saying “[m]aybe I didn’t support her the way the public would like me to with a [#FreeBritney] hashtag on a public platform, but I can assure you that I’ve supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after.”

The Zoey 101 alum also jokingly called herself “broke” on her Instagram Story in response to reports that her family is on multimillionaire Britney’s payroll.

Jamie Lynn Spears first rose to fame on Nickelodeon's hit sketch comedy series All That, followed by her own Nick show, Zoey 101. The cast of Zoey 101 recently reunited on All That, in which Jamie reprised her iconic All That sketch "Thelma Stump." A Zoey 101 reboot is said to be in the works.

Jamie Lynn shares children Maddie Briann, 13, with ex Casey Aldridge and Ivey Joan, 3, with husband Jamie Watson.

The memoir is set to be released on Kindle, audio book and hardcover form in January 2022 and can currently be pre-ordered, including on Amazon.com.

Jamie Lynn is the second member of the Spears family to release a memoir following the publication of mom Lynne Spears' book Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, which was published the year Britney was put under a court-mandated conservatorship following a psychiatric hospitalization.


Jamie Lynn Spears Details Alleged ‘Zoey 101’ Drama in New Book, Former Costar Alexa Nikolas Claps Back

Two sides of the story. Alexa Nikolas wasn’t exactly thrilled with what Jamie Lynn Spears had to say about their feud in leaked pages from Things I Should Have Said — and The Walking Dead alum didn’t hold back in response.

“I was pretty surprised to see her lying up a storm in there,” Nikolas, 29, who starred on Zoey 101 from 2005 to 2006, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, January 13. “I recently thought we were fine after she tried to use me in her Zoey 101 music video to make herself look better after I finally came out about what happened to me while on set/being left out once again during the reunion reboot ploy.”

The Mad Men alum noted that it took Spears, 30, “awhile” to reach out, adding, “I’m guessing the pressure from others made her address the issue. I declined her offer. Why now? But I was happy to get an apology finally. So I forgave her.”

Nikolas later unfollowed the singer when news of Britney Spears‘ conservatorship battle made headlines. The Illinois native revealed that Jamie Lynn attempted to reach out to her earlier this month, a move she found to be “super bizarre” at the time.

“I have no idea what is going on over there with her but I want absolute nothing to do with it,” Nikolas continued. “Typical move for a bully to play the victim card/gaslight others while straight up lying. I responded to her and said ‘Please do not send me anything and please stop contacting me.'”

The Criminal Minds alum also responded to the leaked pages from Jamie Lynn’s memoir that recently surfaced online.

“She never addressed anything that she mentioned in the book to me personally because she knows everything she is saying is a total lie and I would have called her out on that. One on one,” she said. “It’s sad to see someone not change after all these years. Nothing that she said in her book about me actually happened.”

Nikolas concluded her post: “I wish I could go back in time and tell my 12-year-old self that you are actually extremely lucky to not have a friend like her. You are way better off without her. You don’t need toxic people in your life like that and you deserve better. And that’s the truth on that. I don’t mind saying all the things I should say for free.”


The former Nickelodeon star’s claims come after social media users shared excerpts from the Netflix personality’s new book. In the leaked passages, Jamie Lynn recalled never being on the same page with Nikolas when they worked together on Zoey 101.

The Mississippi native claimed that after hearing rumors about herself, she was allegedly told that Nikolas was the one behind the comments. After Jamie Lynn took her concerns to producers, she felt as if the gossip “took on a more sinister feel.” One example was Nikolas allegedly claiming that Jamie Lynn “smelled bad,” which led the Sweet Magnolias actress to leave the set “humiliated and sad.”

With a cast shakeup in 2005, Jamie Lynn thought that her costars “realized changes could be made at any time” and some of the behavior got better. When the All That alum caught wind of extras being told she had lice, Jamie Lynn claimed she went to Britney, 40, for support.

In her memoir, the “Follow Me” performer detailed how “a very pregnant Britney” visited the set of Zoey 101 to have a conversation with Nikolas about the tension on set. According to Jamie Lynn, the cruel comment ceased after that and eventually, the Revelations alum exited the show.

Nikolas, for her part, shared in an Instagram story on Thursday that she “stand[s] with Britney” amid her struggles with her family, writing, “Just wanted to make it clear that I do. I stand with her. I hear her words loud and clear.”

Shortly after Nikolas shared her Instagram statement about her former costar, Jamie Lynn “liked” the lengthy post.

The Red State star later shared a meme of a gas lighter with the caption, “Gonna tell my kids this was Jamie Lynn Spears.” She also posted scenes of her character, Nicole, from Zoey 101, in which she says, “No tears are coming out. I cried myself dry. That’s so sad.”

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