Lynne Spears Does ‘The Today Show’


Mama Lynne Spears released her new memoir Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World yesterday (I already have my copy, I’m already a few chapters in) and this morning gave her first morning television interview to Meredith Vieira on The Today Show on NBC to promote the book. Here are a few screencaps from Mama Lynne’s appearance and some portions of her interview with Meredith:

Lynne Spears, whose daughters Britney and Jamie Lynn found both fame and infamy in a dizzyingly short amount of time, said her new book is an attempt to set the record straight. “I think there was the tabloid version of our lives,” she told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in an exclusive interview Wednesday. “I wanted people to see our family as we really are.” Spears had begun the book, “Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World,” five years ago as a collection of poems and memories. But when controversy and scandal erupted first around Britney and then around Jamie Lynn, she decided she needed to tell the story the way it really happened to real people. “I have sat for hours thinking and thinking about everything that’s happened,” Spears, 53, explained. “It’s been a whirlwind. It’s been a wild ride for everybody.” Spears came to the conclusion that it was the mixture of Britney’s superstar celebrity status and the 24/7 coverage of the paparazzi, 17 of whom were assigned full-time to chronicle her every move, that spawned the “storm” in her title … The first hint of that ugly side came in 1999 when Britney, then just 17, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as a precocious woman-child dressed in little more than her underwear, hugging a stuffed toy and holding a telephone to her ear. The photos raised eyebrows. Spears said the family was simply overwhelmed. “The Rolling Stone interview, we were so in awe. She’s just beginning. She’s just coming on the scene. We didn’t really know what we were doing. “We were in shock at what was going on, and we were in awe. We didn’t have any choice in the pictures. We had no one that could tell us what we were supposed to be doing.” Lynne was having her own problems. She and Jamie Spears filed for bankruptcy in 1998. Jamie was an alcoholic, and the couple eventually divorced. Finally, Britney’s life started to fall apart. “It was so crazy at that time. I don’t think anybody was trying to sit and think what was going on,” Spears said of the darkest time, when Britney was committed to a hospital for psychiatric problems and Jamie Lynn was 16 and pregnant. “We were praying very hard, because it seemed like we were having no control over anything that was happening. We were trying.”

As I said, I’ve already read the first 6 chapters of the book (it’s a thin book, btw) and Lynne has already talked about her late sister Sandra, her marital problems with her then-husband Jamie Spears (ie. his drinking problem), that fatal accident where she killed a 12-year old boy and how her eldest child Bryan almost died — twice. I gotta say … the book is fascinating. I don’t expect to read any “dirt” on the Spears family in this book … in her prologue, Lynne warns off potential readers that her book will not dish on her famous daughters … but I am interested to hear Lynne’s side of the story that we think we know so well. Already she has painted a portrait of a family caught up in a whirlwind of fame — granted, it’s a whirlwind they happily and diligently pursued. I’m very interested to read her whole story.

After the jump, check out Mama Lynne’s entire interview with Meredith Vieria on The Today Show this morning and hear from the lady herself …

Love her or hate her, she deserves the chance to finally tell her side of the tale. I, for one, am interested in hearing it. Are you?


  • you know….

    ok…im gonna have to get this book to see about this entire…mama spears killing some kid and her son almost died. i had no idea! i think everyone should write a book.

  • dyna

    I understand that you can’t “couldawouldashoulda” like she says, but she is playing such a victim!!

  • Huh?

    “I wanted people to see our family as we really are.” HUH??? WHY do these people say such stupid things?? That woman wrote that book to MAKE MONEY OFF OF HER CHILDREN, which she’s been doing since they could freaking walk. Why is it so important to people like Lynn Spears and Dina Lohan with her stupid show that WE know about their families? That’s such crap! Women who truly care about their children wouldn’t expose every single family secret to the world, and they damn sure wouldn’t put them in showbiz. I am so THRU with these people. I wouldn’t pay one cent to further that woman’s agenda. People who’ve bought that book should be ashamed of themselves.

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  • kittycatastrophe

    Sounds like a book that shouldn’t have been written for ten years.

  • betch

    I can’t believe this woman. Why the fuck is she releasing a book? Why does she think people are interested in hearing how she fucked up her family, because she did. She is not a victim, she did not raise her kids right! I’d be disgusted with my mother if she was making money out of her experiences with me. That’s what she’s doing: making money off her kids. If she really felt this “urge” to put it out there, write a fucking blog.

  • Huh?

    Exactly, betch! I just don’t understand WHY these people HAVE to tell us everything about their family if it supposedly isn’t for the money. WHY do they care what anyone thinks? Your family’s business isn’t anyone else’s business unless you make it so, so why put it out there if it’s not for attention-seeking or monetary purposes? Does she not care that her grandchildren are going to have to live with what she put in that book? Nope. Now we know how much it takes to buy Lynn Spears’ and other stage moms like Dumbass Dina Lohan’s souls. They all cry “Leave us alone!” and then go on the Today Show or put their families on reality shows. Those women don’t care one bit about their kids or they would just GO AWAY! It’s all so disgusting! I would NEVER read this woman’s book.

  • Angie

    After listening to part of her interview this morning, it’s seriously a shame that she has to use her daughters to get attention and money for her disturbing “portrayal” of a parent. I’m sorry – look, I know that no one is perfect and that some kids will wind up complete screw-up’s no matter how much you ground them or lock them in their rooms until they are 80 years old, but come ON Lynne – take some responsibility for your NON-actions as a parent. She just kept talking herself in circles about how it was the papparrazzi’s fault and the media’s fault and how it was like a roller coaster ride. Now, tell me if I’m wrong — she looks old enough to know that roller coasters have dips and curves along the way. She also looks old enough to have witnessed what happened to the fame of the likes of ELVIS and Marilyn Monroe — drugs, dope and death. Is that what she wanted for her kids? Instead of blaming people for not telling her what would be the price of fame and fortune, why not pull back and say “enough is enough.” Wait… that means she would have to PARENT! And blaming the husband for a drinking problem — there’s far worse going on in your daughters life than a drinking problem. Trust me, if it was easy as that, she wouldn’t have to worry about the exploits in the tabloids. She doesn’t know how to parent, that’s the problem. And instead of asking for help and getting guidance for her daughter, she sat back and let the media make a joke out of her life and use her as fodder for the press. With “parents” like that, who needs enemies?!

  • Huh?

    Amen, Angie! Lynn is a frustrated actress/beauty queen who CHOSE to live her life through her daughters, and lo and behold, it blew up in her face. WIth so many examples of people before her who’ve done that to themselves and their kids, her saying she had no idea it would all be like this is absolute bullshit. A million dollars says that Jayden, Preston and Maddie will be in show business. Any takers??

  • Catherine

    I read the book and was/am highly disturbed about Sam Lufti. I knew he was bad, but he almost destroyed our Britney. That is so scary.