Backlash from Britney Spears fans prompts mental health org to reject donation from sister Jamie Lynn

  • 20/10/2021

A mental health nonprofit organisation has declined a donation from Jamie Lynn Spears after it prompted outrage amongst fans of her older sister Britney Spears. 

Jamie Lynn announced she would be contributing a portion of the profits from her new memoir Things I Should Have Said to This Is My Brave, which shares uplifting stories from people suffering with mental illness. 

Proponents of the #FreeBritney movement were already furious with Jamie Lynn for peddling her book as her pop star sibling fights to be free of the restrictive conservatorship that has ruled her life since 2008, but news of her partnering with a mental health organisation triggered even more upset. 

According to the Huffington Post, fans flooded This Is My Brave with messages claiming that any affiliation with Jamie Lynn would bring them into disrepute, with Britney having frequently called out her family members for neglect and allowing her "abusive" conservatorship to continue unchecked. 

"You're accepting donations from someone who HIGHLY contributed to the detriment of their own sister's mental health," one commented on Instagram. "FOR HER OWN PROFIT. Completely cancels any and all of your credibility." 

"Honestly how dare you all partner with Jamie Lynn Spears, when she was a direct tormentor of her sister," asked another. 

In response, This Is My Brave announced they would now reject Jamie Lynn's offer. 

"We heard you. We're taking action. We are deeply sorry to anyone we offended," the organisation wrote in a statement on Instagram. 

"We are declining the donation from Jamie Lynn Spears' upcoming book." 

In a post announcing her planned donation last week, Jamie Lynn wrote that she knew "how scary it can be to share personal struggles, especially if you don't feel you have the support or a safe space to do so". 

Meanwhile, Britney has made many thinly veiled jabs at her sister, including sarcastically announcing that she was considering writing her own book shortly after Jamie Lynn's announcement. 

Wondering what she would call her own book, Britney wrote: "Option #1…'Shit, I really don't know' Option #2 …'I really care what people think'."  

The 'Toxic' singer also warned her relatives she wouldn't hold back when it came to airing the family's dirty laundry, writing: "Lord have mercy on my family's souls if I ever do an interview!" in another recent post.