Britney Spears' Teen Sister Pregnant
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Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, told OK! magazine that she's pregnant and that the father is her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.
"It was a shock for both of us, so unexpected," she said. "I was in complete and total shock and so was he."
Spears says she's 12 weeks along, and initially kept the news to herself when she learned of the pregnancy from an at-home test and subsequent doctor visit, she told the celebrity magazine, which hits stands in New York on Wednesday and the rest of the country by Friday.
After she found out from a doctor that she was pregnant, she said, "I took two weeks to myself where I didn't tell anybody."
"Only one of my friends knew because I needed to work out what I would do for myself before I let anyone's opinion affect my decision. Then I told my parents and my friends. I was scared, but I had to do what was right for me," she said.
"She was very upset, because it wasn't what she expected at all," Spears said. "A week after, she had time to cope with it and became very supportive."
She said her actress daughter, the telegenic heroine of her popular Nickelodeon series, has known Aldridge for years and began dating him in high school.
On The Early Show Wednesday, co-anchor Harry Smith spoke with Kim Serafin, a senior editor of inTouch Weekly magazine, about Jamie Lynn's situation -- and her relationship with Britney. Serafin mentioned reports that Britney found out Jamie Lynn is pregnant from the media, not Jamie Lynn. To see that interview,
2"This Christmas, it'll be about two and a half years, I think," Jamie Lynn said. "At first, I was just friends with him; I've been friends with him since I was about 14. Then we started dating. I met him at church. He came there with a friend; I came there with a friend. We started talking and then started hanging out."
Jamie Lynn said that the couple does not live together - she lives with her mom, and he with his parents - and have no plans at the moment to get married.
"Right now, we're focusing on the baby and having a healthy baby," she said. "We're trying just to think about that right now so we haven't really talked about that."
She does want to raise the baby in her home state of Louisiana -- "so it can have a normal family life."
Nickelodeon released a statement: "We respect Jamie Lynn's decision to take responsibility in this sensitive and personal situation. We know this is a very difficult time for her and her family, and our primary concern right now is for Jamie Lynn's well being."
A publicist for the network did not immediately respond to phone and e-mail requests for additional comment.
"Zoey 101" is scheduled to conclude its third season Jan. 4 with a cliffhanger episode in which Spears' character must decide whether to leave her fictional Pacific Coast Academy boarding school in California to join her parents in London.
The show is scheduled to resume in February, and its producer, Dan Schneider, has said filming on the fourth season has already been completed.