The “Zoey 101” star, 30, revealed in a recent interview that she was still a “child” at the time and could not be of much help to her pop star sibling, 40.
“I didn’t have a say when [the conservatorship] happened,” Jamie told People. “My sister was going through a hard time, I was still a child, and that’s what everybody, I think, forgets: I was just a kid going through my own crap.”
She also added that Britney was like a second mother to her growing up.
“I was still a cheerleader, and I remember I’d go to games and people would say stuff. I was so angry and sad and worried. I knew things weren’t OK, but you don’t know how to put that in words as a kid,” she explained.
When she became an adult, she said she was asked to be part of Britney’s conservatorship.
“I took time, and I declined it nicely,” Jamie said. “I just wanted to remain her sister, very simply. It’s unfortunate that I’ve been grouped into this, but the facts are I had nothing to do with anything.”
As per court documents, the former teen star was appointed as trustee of the singer’s multimillion-dollar estate in 2018 but never filled the role.
Her Intentions Are Nothing But ‘Pure’
Britney’s fans attacked Jamie, accusing her of not supporting her sister while under the conservatorship.
“I’ve only ever tried to be helpful, so any notion that says the contrary is just completely ridiculous,” she said.
The “Sweet Magnolias” actress also noted that while she’s not on speaking terms with her sister, it doesn’t mean she’ll not care about her anymore.
“I love and I support my sister, and I always will. It’s very clear that this has been a painful process, and I have to respect however she works through that,” Jamie said. “This is a complicated situation. It gets to a certain point where you can’t help someone who doesn’t want you to. If it starts to become harmful or unhealthy for you and your well-being, then you have to remove yourself.”
She added, “My intentions have always been pure when it comes to my family.”
Jamie also shared that she regretted not saying anything in the past.
“I should have just said all this s— a long time ago. We would’ve saved ourselves a lot of headaches, I think,” she said.
Jamie also said she had to prioritize her family (her husband and kids) first before anything else.
“It was really important for me to separate myself from my family to focus on the family I’ve created, which is me, my husband and my daughters,” she explained. “Setting those boundaries in place was really important.”
Jamie is a mother to two daughters, Maddie Briann Aldridge, 13, and Ivey Joan Watson, 3, with husband Jamie Watson, 40.
“I am not my family. I am my own person. I fought very hard and worked very hard to establish myself and to build the life that I have today,” she said.