A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn

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A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Fans are speculating that recent social-media posts from Britney Spears hint at a feud with her younger sister, Jamie Lynn. Image Group LA/Getty Images
  • Britney Spears' younger sister Jamie Lynn is a trustee of a portion of the singer's estate.
  • Jamie Lynn said she was "proud" of Spears after the singer's explosive June court testimony.
  • But Spears appeared to criticize her younger sister in a number of social-media posts in July.

Britney Spears' relationship with her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, has come under social-media scrutiny after Spears' explosive June court testimony, with some fans criticizing Jamie Lynn for an apparent lack of support during the singer's conservatorship.

Take a chronological look back at everything that's happened between the sisters in regards to Spears' conservatorship over the years, including the recent social-media posts that appear to hint at a feud between the two.

Representatives for Jamie Lynn Spears and Britney Spears did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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2018: Jamie Lynn reportedly becomes a trustee of a portion of Spears' estate

Court documents obtained by The Blast in August 2020 show that Jamie Lynn had been secretly named a trustee of Spears' SJB Revocable Trust in 2018.

The trust was established in 2004 for Spears' children, and the 2018 filing made Jamie Lynn responsible for distributing funds from the trust to Spears' sons in the event of the singer's death, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2020.

April 2019: Jamie Lynn appears to criticize the #FreeBritney movement

The #FreeBritney movement was started by long-time Spears fans over a decade ago, Insider's Rachel Greenspan previously reported. For years, people associated with the movement have voiced concerns about how the conservatorship was affecting the singer's well-being.

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The movement gained traction in April 2019 after the "Britney's Gram" podcast released a voicemail from an anonymous source (who said he was a former paralegal involved with Spears' conservatorship) claiming that Spears had been forced to check into a mental-health facility.

CNN reported at the time that sources close to the pop star said she had voluntarily checked herself into the facility.

Later in April 2019, a week after "Britney's Gram" shared the voicemail, Jamie Lynn appeared to hit back at the #FreeBritney movement, tweeting that she loves "my sister with everything I have."

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"10 years ago, who was there?? I have been here long before anyone else and I'll be here long after," Jamie Lynn wrote in a tweet with a clip of herself and Spears being chased by paparazzi.

"Don't come for me or the ones I love anymore," Jamie Lynn continued in a follow-up tweet.

February 2021: Jamie Lynn denies attending a #FreeBritney rally days after 'Framing Britney Spears' airs

In a series of social-media posts, Jamie Lynn criticized the media, apparently for its sexist treatment of Spears in the early aughts, though she did not mention her sister by name.

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"Dear media," she wrote in an Instagram Story. "Try not to repeat the mistakes of your past. Look where that got us. Do better."

Jamie Lynn's social-media posts came days after the documentary "Framing Britney Spears" premiered on Hulu. The film took a closer look at Spears' conservatorship and the media's treatment of Spears in the years leading up to her breakdown.

In a second Instagram story posted the same day, Jamie Lynn denied attending a virtual #FreeBritney rally.

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"A few media outlets ran a false story about me attending a virtual rally yesterday," she wrote. "In fact, someone represented themselves as me without my knowledge. I love my sister very much, but I was not aware of the rally, nor was I in attendance for the virtual rally."

A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Jamie Lynn Spears publicly offered support for her sister. Jamie Lynn Spears Instagram

June 23: Spears says she wants to 'sue' her family during her bombshell conservatorship hearing testimony

At her June conservatorship hearing, Spears gave an explosive 24-minute testimony detailing an abusive relationship with her father, Jamie. The singer also alleged that she's allowed very little freedom in her personal life under the conservatorship arrangement.

In addition to making shocking allegations against her conservators (like being forced to work long hours and being denied the right to remove her IUD), Spears said she would "like to sue my family," without naming any of her relatives in particular.

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"I also would like to be able to share my story with the world, and what they did to me, instead of it being a hush-hush secret to benefit all of them," Spears told the court.

June 28: Jamie Lynn directly addresses Spears' testimony

In a series of Instagram stories posted five days after Spears' court testimony, Jamie Lynn said she was "proud" of her older sister "for using her voice" to speak out against the conservatorship.

"Since the day I was born, I've only loved, adored, and supported my sister," she said about Spears. "I mean, this is my freaking big sister, before any of this bull----."

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Jamie Lynn added: "I don't care if she wants to run away to a rainforest and have a zillion babies in the middle of nowhere, or if she wants to come back and dominate the world the way she has done so many times before, because I have nothing to gain or lose either way."

A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Spears signing autographs in 2013. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Jamie Lynn's public message of support for Spears came after days of criticism from Spears' fans, who questioned why the "Sweet Magnolias" actress hadn't publicly supported the #FreeBritney movement earlier.

Jamie Lynn also appeared to address this criticism in her June 28 Instagram stories, writing that she did not speak out about the conservatorship sooner because she wanted to give Spears the chance to "speak for herself" first.

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July 3: Jamie Lynn says she's received death threats since speaking up about her sister

Jamie Lynn once again took to her Instagram stories in early July to reveal that she had received death threats after her June 28 comments on Spears' conservatorship and testimony.

"I respect that everyone has the right to express themselves, but can we please stop with the death threats. Especially the death threats to children," Jamie Lynn wrote, seemingly referring to her two young daughters, Maddie, 13, and Ivey, 3.

A post shared by Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears)

July 8: Jamie Lynn reposts a news story saying she's not on her sister's payroll

Jamie Lynn appeared to distance herself from Spears' conservatorship with social-media posts saying that she's "broke."

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Court documents filed by Spears' new attorney, Mathew Rosengart, on July 26 allege that Spears' father, Jamie, has been using his conservator status to live off of her estate and paying himself $16,000 a month for 12 years. Although she is a trustee of a portion of the pop star's estate, it is unclear if Jamie Lynn is paid any money in that role.

According to Cosmopolitan, the younger Spears sister shared a screenshot of a news story titled "Britney Spears' sister Jamie Lynn shares photos of her home life…after it's revealed she is the ONLY family member not on the singer's payroll" on her Instagram story.

"Facts…now leave my broke ass alone," Jamie Lynn wrote alongside the image.

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A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Spears poses at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

July 12: Jamie Lynn posts an Instagram story saying Spears sent her daughters toys

Jamie Lynn posted a photo of a box of stuffed toys on her Instagram story and wrote, "nothing sweeter than coming home to a box full of goodies for my girls from their auntie."

She also tagged Spears' official Instagram account in the post, implying that the present for her daughters came from the older Spears sister.

July 15: Jamie Lynn asks to 'end this bulls--t once and for all' a day after Spears was allowed to pick her own lawyer

Judge Brenda Penny ruled on July 14 that Spears can finally choose her own legal counsel for the first time in her 13-year conservatorship.

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That same day, former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart began representing Spears after Ingham, her previous court-appointed lawyer, filed to resign earlier this month.

A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Spears' newly appointed lawyer Mathew Rosengart leaves the Stanley Mosk Courthouse following a hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. Spears was granted permission by a judge to hire a lawyer of her own choice. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Their mother, Lynne, marked Spears' July win in court with an Instagram post captioned, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." Lynne had previously said in a court filing that Spears should be able to pick her own lawyers.

A day later, Jamie Lynn wrote on her Instagram story: "Dear Lord, can we end this bulls#t once and for all. Amen."

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July 16: Spears slams 'the people closest to you who never showed up for you'

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Spears called out "the people closest to you who never showed up for you." Though she didn't mention her mother or sister by name, her criticism came the day after Lynne and Jamie Lynn appeared to mark Spears' court win.

"How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning ???? Again … NO …," Spears wrote, without naming anyone in particular.

"If you're gonna post something …. Please stop with the righteous approach when you're so far from righteous it's not even funny," the singer continued.

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Spears ended the social-media statement by saying that she sends love to those who might be in a similar situation to hers.

Insider reporter Alia Shoaib previously reported that the scathing Instagram post attracted a lot of attention, particularly from Spears fans who speculated that her note was possibly aimed at her mother and sister.

However, Jamie Lynn was also one of Spears' 1.6 million Instagram followers to like the July 16 Instagram post.

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July 17: Spears says she 'didn't like' Jamie Lynn dancing to 'remixes' of her songs in her first direct public criticism of her sister

Spears appeared to double down on criticizing her "so-called support system" in another Instagram post.

In a lengthy caption paired with a post shared on July 17, Spears started out by hitting back at people "who choose to criticize my dancing videos" and wrote that she has no plans to perform as long as Jamie is the conservator of her estate. She also revealed in the caption that she has "begged" for years to put out new music without any success.

"I don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes !!!!!" Spears wrote in the caption.

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"My so-called support system hurt me deeply !!!!" she continued, adding that her "conservatorship killed my dreams."

A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears)

In response to the Instagram post, fans of the pop star speculated on social media that Spears was possibly referencing the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards where Jamie Lynn danced to remixed versions of a few of her older sister's songs. Spears looked "annoyed and embarrassed" while watching Jamie Lynn perform, the fans said online.

Although the post seemed to be critical of her, Jamie Lynn liked Spears' July 17 post on Instagram too.

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July 18: Spears appears to shade Jamie Lynn in yet another Instagram post

Spears once again appeared to shade her younger sister on July 18 after Jamie Lynn posted an Instagram photo with a caption that said, "May the peace of the Lord be with you, and your spirit✌❤️."

Only a short while later, Spears appeared to take a dig at Jamie Lynn by sharing a video of herself dancing (to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy") with the caption: "May the Lord wrap your mean ass up in joy today."

Minutes after Spears posted her possibly shady video, Jamie Lynn changed her caption to simply say, "✌❤️," People reported. Spears also removed the line that might have been a dig at her younger sister the following day.

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July 26: Jamie Lynn shares a post on Instagram appearing to deny reports that her sister bought a condo for her to use in Florida

On July 22, Fox News reported that Spears owned a $1 million Florida condominium frequently used by the "Zoey 101" start as a vacation home, citing tax documents obtained by the outlet.

While it's unclear exactly when Spears bought the swanky property, Fox reports that she purchased it through her Bridgemore Timber LLC, and the home is mentioned in court documents dating back to at least 2009.

In a social-media post shared on Monday, Jamie Lynn appeared to deny spending time at the Florida condo reportedly owned by her sister.

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"I don't own a condo and I can assure you that no one has ever bought me a place at the beach," Jamie Lynn wrote in the Instagram caption alongside photos of her, her husband, and her daughters vacationing at a Ritz-Carlton hotel.

"Simple FACTS. Y'all need to stop reaching," she added.

A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Before and after screenshots showing how Jamie Lynn edited her caption to remove any mention of the Florida condo. Jamie Lynn Spears/Instagram

The caption has since been edited to remove any mention of the condo.

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August 7: Jamie Lynn posts an Instagram story of her younger daughter telling her 'it'll be ok'

On Saturday, Jamie Lynn posted an Instagram story with a black background and audio of her 3-year-old daughter Ivey appearing to soothe her seemingly distressed mother. Jamie Lynn shared the same slide twice but added a "sound on" sticker to the second one.

A complete timeline of the apparent feud between Britney Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn
Jamie Lynn's Instagram story with Ivey's voice. Jamie Lynn Spears/Instagram

"It'll be okay, mom. It has to be okay, mom," Ivey is heard saying in the video.

"Thank you, baby," Jamie Lynn responds.

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In new court documents filed the day before Jamie Lynn shared her audio recording, Jamie Spears claimed that Spears' personal conservator, Jodi Montgomery, had suggested having Spears committed after her bombshell testimony in June.

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