Jamie Lynn Spears got emotional talking about “growing up” in the shadow of “world famous” singer sister Britney Spears and said she struggles with “self-esteem.”
During the 31-year-old actress‘ appearance on the premiere episode of “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test,” the “Zoey 101” star explained that she did the reality show because she wanted to feel like she’s “worth something,” E! News reported.
“I just want to, for myself, feel like I’m worth something,” Spears’ sister shared through tears. “It just feels like every time I work really hard to get something on my own, it’s not really worth it.”
“Growing up, my sister became worldwide famous when I was very young,” she added. “I’m so proud of her, love her to death. But I don’t know, sometimes I feel like I don’t really have anything for myself.”
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“I struggle with self-esteem all the time and as a parent, you really want to fake it because you don’t ever want to see your children feel the feelings you feel,” Spears continued. “The hardest thing is being away from my kids, but I’m here to do something that’s going to make them proud.”
Spears is married to Jamie Watson and the pair have a 4-year-old daughter, Ivey. She also shares daughter Maddie, 14, with ex Casey Aldridge.
In the reality show, the first stunt Spears did was a helicopter challenge, diving backward out of the chopper into the ocean, something that brought back memories of Maddie’s near-death accident when she was 8-years-old, as previously reported.
In 2017, Jamie Lynn’s daughter went for a ride on her ATV and ended up crashing it, sending her into a pond where she was submerged for some time. After being rescued and sent to the hospital, Maddie ended up suffering no brain damage and made a full recovery.
“The way they used the physical elements to bring out this mental healing was really important,” the actress shared. “Obviously, having to go through that experience with Maddie was very tragic for me.”
“And even though it turned out to be a miracle and she survived, all the water and the elements involved in the helicopter mission was tough for me,” she added. “The second I was asked if I was OK, I threw up. My body remembered the trauma of Maddie’s accident, but it was also super healing.”