Jamie Lynn Spears‘ family drama has long made headlines. The former Nickelodeon star has been publicly clashing with sister Britney Spears since the pop star’s conservatorship was terminated in Sep. 2021. But Jamie Lynn first found herself in the headlines for family news, after she announced she was pregnant at 16 years old back in 2007.
The Zoey 101 star and former boyfriend Casey Aldridge welcomed daughter Maddie in June of 2008 and largely stepped out of the spotlight after that. She would welcome daughter Ivey with her husband James Watson in April 2018. Want to know more about Jamie Lynn’s girls Maddie and Ivery? Learn more below.
Jamie Lynn became the poster girl for teen pregnancy after she announced she was expecting in a Dec. 2007 issue of OK! Magazine. She told the magazine at the time, “I can’t say it was something I was planning to do right now. But now that it’s in my lap and that it’s something I have to deal with, I’m looking forward to being the best mom I can be.”
In Jamie Lynn’s 2022 memoir Things I Should Have Said, the star revealed how she was initially forced to keep her pregnancy a secret from sister Britney. “There was a whole lot of fighting going on between everyone involved,” she remembered, later recalling how her team thought it was “too risky” to tell the “Toxic” Singer. “I needed her more than ever and she wasn’t able to help me in my most vulnerable time,” Jamie Lynn went on in her memoir. She laid low during her pregnancy, hunkering down with her family in her native Kentwood, Louisiana. Maddie Briann Aldrige came into the world on June 19, 2008.
Though Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy with Maddie was very public, she managed to keep her eldest out of the spotlight in years since. But in 2020 Jamie Lynn opened up about a terrifying near-death experience her daughter endured after a 2017 ATV accident. She told Maria Menounos that after she crashed into some water they were able to rescue her, but when first responders took her away to revive her “we thought she was gone.” “That moment, I felt everything that you can feel, I think, as far as the worst,” she continued. “There’s nothing worse than looking at your child and just feeling that you’ve failed her. And I didn’t want her to think that I couldn’t save her.”
Maddie went on to make a full recovery and enjoys an active life, with mom often posting photos from her softball or soccer games on Instagram. She has also appeared on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare as well as in ads for Kraft Cheese with mom.
While Jaimie Lynn’s first pregnancy happened fast, she waited for the right time for her next baby. Jamie Lynn announced she was expecting on Dec. 26, 2017 via Instagram. She shared a sweet family shot with Maddie and husband James Watson and wrote, “Looks like we are starting off 2018 with another big milestone…sooo happy to announce that Maddie is FINALLY going to be a big sister.”
Jamie Lynn and James welcomed Ivey on Apr. 11, 2018. Reflecting on her 2nd pregnancy with People in 2018, she said, “This time, it’s just been a really peaceful experience,” Spears said of welcoming Ivey. “I think the only difference is the support system I have around me.” The sibling relationship was perfect from the start, according to Jamie Lynn, who told People, “Maddie was the first one to meet her after she was born.” She added that the baby “was so peaceful the moment her sister held her.”
Jamie Lynn gushed over her little girl while celebrating her 3rd birthday in Apr. 2021. She posted an Instagram photo of chic “Princess party” and wrote, “Ivey has brought us so much joy in these past 3 years, it was only fair that we had a celebration just for IVEY, with all of the things that fill her little spirit up with the same joy and love she shares with everyone around her. I don’t know how I got lucky enough to be y’all’s mom.”Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.