Jamie Lynn Spears is sharing her ache over her father Jamie Spears’ decades-long battle with alcoholism.
“He spent most of my life in that cycle of ruinous behavior. His bouts of drinking always caused me periods of torment and sorrow,” the “Zoey 101” alum, 30, writes in her upcoming memoir, “Things I Should Have Said.”
ABC News’ Juju Chang learn the excerpt aloud on “Good Morning America” Wednesday earlier than asking Jamie Lynn throughout a wide-ranging interview how the 69-year-old patriarch’s heavy consuming affected her rising up.
“It created a lot of anxiety,” the “Sweet Magnolias” star responded. “The hardest half was, ‘Could I trust you? Are you drinking? Are you not?’
“It was something that no kid should have to question,” she added.
Jamie’s struggles with alcohol started after he grew to become a father in 1977, in line with his ex-wife Lynne Spears.
“Jamie always enjoyed a beer here and there, but he didn’t start drinking heavily until after Bryan was born,” Lynne, 66, wrote in her 2008 memoir, “Through the Storm,” referencing the previous couple’s eldest little one.
Eventually, Jamie hitting the bottle grew to become an excessive amount of to bear for Lynne, who filed for divorce in 1979. She in the end gave her husband a second likelihood, solely to divorce him for good in 2002.
Describing Jamie as an “alcoholic,” Lynne wrote in her e-book that her ex-husband was “barely present, never mind supportive or loving” by the top of their marriage. She additionally accused him of “years and years of verbal abuse, abandonment [and] erratic behavior.”
Jamie’s battle with alcoholism continued via not less than 2004, when he went to rehab after his eldest daughter, Britney Spears, urged him to hunt assist.
However, in 2014, the pop star advised the decide presiding over her conservatorship case that she suspected her dad was consuming once more, in line with the New York Times. Jamie’s lawyer denied this, saying his shopper had handed frequently scheduled exams.
Britney’s relationship along with her household has been fractured in recent times resulting from their involvement in her conservatorship, which was terminated in November forward of her fortieth birthday.