Lynne Spears

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Lynne Spears
Lynne Irene Bridges

(1955-05-04) May 4, 1955 (age 67)
EducationSoutheastern Louisiana University
  • Teacher
  • writer
  • daycare operator
(m. 1976; div. 2002)

Lynne Irene Spears (née Bridges; born May 4, 1955) is an American author and mother of pop singer Britney Spears, as well as producer Bryan Spears and child star Jamie Lynn Spears. She is estranged from daughter Britney Spears.


Early life and family[edit]

Lynne Irene Bridges[2] was born on May 4, 1955,[3] in Magnolia, Mississippi,[2] to Lilian Irene Portell (1924–1993), a British woman of English and Maltese descent, and Barney O'Field Bridges (1919–1978), an American G.I. In 1945, her parents met and married in Portell's native London.[4] Spears' maternal great-grandfather, Edward Portell, had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Malta while the country was a colony of the British Empire.[4][5] Spears has an older brother, Barry "Sonny" Bridges (born 1951). Their older sister, Sandra Bridges Covington (1947–2007), died of ovarian cancer.[6][7]

In July 1976, she married Jamie Spears. They divorced in May 2002[8] and reconciled without remarrying around 2010.[9][10] They were seen still united in 2014,[11] but were evidently completely separated by 2020. They have three children: son Bryan Spears (born 1977) and daughters Britney Spears (born 1981) and Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991). They also have five grandchildren: grandsons Sean Preston Federline (born 2005) and Jayden James Federline (born 2006) from Britney, granddaughters Maddie Briann Aldridge (born 2008) and Ivey Joan Watson (born 2018) from Jamie Lynn, and Sophia Alexandra Spears (born 2011) from Bryan.[12]

Spears owned and operated a day care in Kentwood, Louisiana and later worked as a school teacher.[citation needed]


Spears has co-written two books with her daughter Britney. The first, Heart to Heart, was published in 2000 as a biographical book about Britney. A Mother's Gift was a novel released in 2001 and has been adapted into a TV movie, Brave New Girl. A 2008 memoir, Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, followed, detailing the public scrutiny that the Spears family faced after Britney's mental breakdown and Jamie Lynn's teen pregnancy.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Spears is a devout Christian, and openly discussed this in her memoir.[14] She has been identified as a Catholic alongside her youngest daughter Jamie Lynn and two of her granddaughters, Jamie Lynn's daughters.[15] Spears' older daughter, Britney, announced on August 5, 2021, that she also became Catholic.[16]

In November 2021, Spears requested $650,000 in legal fees from Britney's estate.[17]


  1. ^ Through the Storm. ISBN 9781418567354.
  2. ^ a b Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 211. ISBN 978-1595551566.
  3. ^ "-Britney Spears Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2010. Brother Bryan Spears. Born c. 1977 ... Father Jamie Spears. Born c. 1953 ... Mother: Lynne Spears. Born c. 1955
  4. ^ a b Ancestry of Her daughter, Including Lynne Spears.
  5. ^ Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. pp. 4. ISBN 978-1-59555-156-6.
  6. ^ "Lynne Spears Visits Sister's Grave Amid Crisis". January 5, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  7. ^ "Lynne Spears Speaks: 'Just Say Prayers'". People. January 4, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "Britney's Next Act". People. September 2, 2002. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "Britney Spears's Divorced Parents Reconciling". People. November 15, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "Report: Britney Spears' parents reconciling". MSNBC. November 16, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "Photos and Pictures - 08 June 2014 - Nashville, Tennessee - Jamie Watson, husband of Jamie Lynn Spears along with Lynn Spears, Jamie Spears, mother and father of Pop Star Britney Spears and her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears. Jamie Lynn Spears Performs during the 2014 CMA Music Festival at the Bud Light Stage. Photo Credit: Laura Farr/AdMedia".
  12. ^ "Britney Spears – Lynne Spears: 'Family Troubles Are In The Past'". October 9, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  13. ^ "Lynne Spears to Write About "Dark Period of Britney's Life" in Memoir". Us Magazine. June 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 14, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
  14. ^ Spears, Lynne; Craker, Lorilee (2008). Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World. Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. pp. 194. ISBN 978-1-59555-156-6.
  15. ^ Rousselle, Christine (August 6, 2021). "Update: Britney Spears says she is 'Catholic now' in social media post". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Britney Spears reveals she's now Catholic as she models mass dress". Newsweek. August 6, 2021. Retrieved August 8, 2021.

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