Updated on Jul 24, 2020. Posted on Jul 22, 2020

    Jamie Lynn Spears Defended Britney After An Instagram Commenter Demanded She Speak About Her Sister's Health

    "I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters."

    Jamie Lynn Spears has stepped in to defend her older sister Britney after an Instagram commenter demanded she speak publicly about her sister's mental health.

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    On Tuesday, Jamie Lynn shared screenshots to Instagram of a series of tweets, including from Halsey, Kevin McHale, and Maren Morris, calling for people to be more sympathetic towards mental health issues after a series of concerning tweets from Kanye West.

    However, one commenter appeared to take issue with Jamie Lynn's statement, demanding instead that she speak publicly about her sister Britney's "obvious mental illness".

    "You have no right to assume anything about my sister, and I have NO right to speak about HER health and personal matters," Jamie Lynn responded. "She is a strong, badass, unstoppable woman, and that's the only thing that is OBVIOUS."

    She later addressed the situation again in response to another commenter, who said the Spears family should speak up to "clarify all these assumptions" about Britney's health.

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    "I would never speak our just to clarify things to the public, when the person it pertains to does not want that to happen," Jamie Lynn said.

    She continued: "I'd rather take all the hate, [than] speak about someone else's personal matter, that they want to be kept private."

    On Wednesday, Britney's controversial conservatorship will be addressed in a Los Angeles court hearing, where it will reportedly be decided if Britney's mother Lynne should be included in the arrangement alongside her father.

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    In 2008, after two hospitalisations due to mental health issues, Britney was placed under a conservatorship which saw her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet take control of the pop star's career, finances, and personal decisions.

    Wallet resigned as Britney's co-conservator in May last year, stating in his resignation that "in the best interest of the conservatee that the acceptance of Wallet's resignation and the issuance of amended letters of conservatorship of the estate occur immediately and without delay."

    The arrangement has sparked a movement online under the hashtag #FreeBritney in recent years, with fans arguing that the star was forced into the conservatorship against her will and is subtly calling for help on social media.

    In a post on her Instagram account on July 10, Britney assured fans she was happy, and her posts are "authentic and as real as it gets".

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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