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Nonprofit Tells Jamie Lynn to Keep Her Money

Mental health organization declines donation from Britney's sister
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2021 1:01 PM CDT
Nonprofit Doesn't Want Jamie Lynn's Book Money
File photo of Jamie Lynn Spears at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2016.   (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – A mental health nonprofit would like to stay out of the #FreeBritney kerfuffle, apparently. Britney Spears’ younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, has a memoir coming out in January, Entertainment Weekly reports. It’s called Things I Should Have Said and, in a post on Instagram, Jamie Lynn she first got the idea to write it after her older daughter’s near-fatal accident in 2017. She says she discusses her mental health issues in the book and planned to donate profits to This Is My Brave, an organization that seeks to end the stigma of mental illness by helping people share their stories. Sound like a good fit? Not to This Is My Brave.

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The organization made its own Instagram post, a slide reading, “We heard you. We’re taking action. We are deeply sorry to anyone we offended. We are declining the donation from Jamie Lynn Spears’ upcoming book.” If that seems like a mysterious leap, scroll back a few posts and look at the comments on a previous Instagram post for World Mental Health day, which range from “Jamie Lynn Spears mentally abused her sister. Why would you partner with her?” to a single middle finger emoji.

The backlash stems from Jamie Lynn’s long silence around her Britney’s conservatorship and her lack of public support for her sister’s mental health struggles. Britney seems to have alluded to her thoughts on her sister's book on Instagram, too, posting that she’s “thinking of releasing a book next year” and calling it, “I really care what people think.” (Read more Jamie Lynn Spears stories.)

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