The daughter of country star Jamie Lynn Spears has been hospitalized following a freak accident while on a family-planned hunting trip.
Eight-year-old Maddie Aldridge was reportedly airlifted to a hospital near her home in Kentwood, Louisiana after, according to a post from TMZ, she was ejected from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) that she was riding. It is currently unknown whether Maddie was being supervised as she rode the motor vehicle, but it has been said that Jamie Lynn was not with her daughter at the time of the shocking accident.
Residents from the southern town additionally relayed that Maddie was underwater for several minutes after she was propelled off the ATV and was unconscious when she was transported away by medical officials. However, a statement given by a representative of Maddie’s aunt, pop star Britney Spears, casts doubt on that claim.
“The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn’s daughter Maddie are incorrect,” the note reads.
“Right now, the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”
In an follow-up exclusive statement given to Entertainment Tonight by Jamie Spears, Jamie Lynn’s father, the heartbroken grandparent confirmed the disheartening news about little Maddie while requesting for well-wishers to continue praying “for our baby, Maddie.”
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— TMZ (@TMZ) February 6, 2017
Born in 2007 to Jamie Lynn, the youngest sibling of pop star Britney Spears, and the former Nickelodeon star’s lover, construction worker Casey Aldridge, Maddie’s arrival to the world was shrouded in controversy due to her then-teenage mother’s status as an idol to young girls across the globe as the lead of the popular series, Zoey 101, which was forced to wrap production in 2008 following the announcement of her pregnancy at just 16 years old.
During a May 2016 TLC special to promote Spears’ burgeoning career as an up-and-coming country star, Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, the now 25-year-old wife of businessman Jamie Watson — she and Aldridge parted ways not long after Maddie was born — recalled the backlash she received following the reveal of her pregnancy to the public.
“A lot of horrible, nasty things were said [about my pregnancy],” Jamie Lynn shared during the program, as E! Online notes. “I look back now and I’m like, ‘Oh my Gosh,’ this made no sense and I didn’t understand it and I was young.”
“I did feel responsible for the young girls and the mothers who I probably confused and let down,” she continued, “[and] I apologize for that, but I wasn’t trying to glamorize teen pregnancy. I hated when [the tabloids] said that.”
“Everybody is dealt a hand of cards. It was my choice to play them the way I played them. But the hateful comments hurt.”
After giving birth to Maddie, Jamie Lynn’s entertainment career took a backseat as motherhood became the norm for the ex-child star, who once acted alongside her superstar sibling in her 2002 movie debut, Crossroads. Following her near-decade long hiatus from the spotlight, the young mother followed her older sibling’s footsteps and began dedicating herself full-time to music, first collaborating with Britney on the track “Chillin’ With You” from the performer’s 2013 album, Britney Jean.
Her first official offering as a solo artist, “How Could I Want More,” from the extended play (EP), The Journey, also released in 2013, peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Country Charts. Spears’ most recent follow-up, “Sleepover,” debuted in tandem with the aforementioned one-off TLC reality special in 2016.
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“[Singing is] something I’ve always done,” Jamie Lynn Spears expressed in another interview with E! News in 2013, going on to refer to her music as her “second baby.”
“But as a young child all that was offered to me [was Zoey 101] You don’t know how to say, like, ‘Oh, this is what I want for the rest of my life.’ You can’t make those kind of decisions at 10 years old.”
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