Jamie Lynn Spears Opens Up About Teen Pregnancy

Posted Thursday February 2, 2012 1:03 PM GMT

She certainly took a nice long break from the spotlight to raise her little girl, but Jamie Lynn Spears recently opened up about a number of topics for the newest issue of Glamour magazine.

The “Zoey 101” actress revealed that she will at some point get back into a career in entertainment, writing and performing songs in Nashville, TN, where she and daughter Maddie are currently situated.

In addition, Spears dove head-first into the topic of her teenage pregnancy, admitting, “I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down. I apologize for that. But I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy. I hated when [the tabloids] said that. Everybody is dealt a hand of cards. It was my choice to play them the way I played them. But the hateful comments hurt.”

As for her dating life, Jamie Lynn dished, “I’ve been on dates here and there, going to dinner or a movie, but nothing further than that.”

The 20-year-old continued on, “I’m a mother first. I have a little girl, and until I’m serious about someone, he’s not going to be around her.”

Meanwhile, a complete rundown of highlights from Miss Spears' interview are as follows:

On her early pregnancy:
“It was 2007. I had been on a Nickelodeon show, Zoey 101, and after we wrapped shooting, I just wanted to go home to Louisiana and finish high school, be a cheerleader, all that. Then I found out I was pregnant [by then-boyfriend Casey Aldridge]. I was 16. I’d had one boyfriend. It doesn’t make it perfect or all right. But I was judged for something that probably most everyone does. I was young. I was in love. I was like every other teenager, except I had this last name. And I made a decision that is forever my decision.”

On why she wasn’t using birth control:
“I believe in safety and birth control as prevention. But like many young girls...I was really scared to go to the doctor. And I was on a Nickelodeon show, and it [felt] especially embarrassing to ask someone to put me on birth control. I didn’t want to ask my doctor, because she had a little girl.”

On her past relationship with Casey Aldridge:
“There’s a slim chance of two young people making it through high school and all that drama, but making it as parents? We tried. We really wanted to do it right. We loved each other. I will love him as Maddie’s father until the day I die.”

On performing again:
“On the performance end, I take a lot of advice from my sister. But I expect the scrutiny. The last time anyone heard anything of me, I was 16 and pregnant. All I can do is be my best – there will always be people who will never like me.”

On her special relationship with Britney:
“[As for Britney], she’s in such a good place right now. She’s in love. She has her kids. So I’m happy for her. Of course [our bond as mothers], it’s such a big thing, you know? Especially ‘cause there’s an age gap there – she’s 10 years older. I think if I were just a normal 20-year-old, I wouldn’t be able to relate as much to her.”

On re-joining the music industry:
“I was a kid who did a kid show. Then I went away and raised my child, and the world has never met me as an adult. This is the first time anybody is really meeting me as a grown woman and grown mother making a decision about what to do with my life. Do people have an idea of who they think I am? Yes, and that’s fine with me. My music will speak for itself.”

Photo Credit: Glamour

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