When Jamie Lynn Spears was negotiating her documentary deal with TLC, she had one main rule: "It has to be honest."
"Letting cameras into my world was really scary, because of my background. It could take on a different life that I didn't want it to," she tells Rolling Stone Country. "So it was important for me that it was real, that it didn't become some cheesy story. And the only way to do that was be really honest."
The Louisiana native wanted the film to serve as a reintroduction of sorts, taking her from child actress and teen mom to the singing, songwriting wife and mother that she is today. She by no means dodges the tabloid bait of her past, addressing her pregnancy at age 16, along with the hardships of constantly being referred to as "Britney's little sister." But the now 25-year-old also shows just how normal her home life is, as she juggles parenting with her songwriting and recording career.
"I started from the last time the world really knew me and I told my story from there to where I am now. And that bridges the gap," says Spears. "People met me as a child, but they don't understand how I became the adult I am today. Telling the story of being in Nashville, writing constantly, and being a mother and being honest about what it took to be where I am now . . . It's important for me to introduce myself as an artist and as a woman, because people only remember me as a little girl."
Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out airs this Sunday, June 26th on TLC. Watch a preview here.