Jamie Lynn Spears has had quite the year! The aspiring country singer tied the knot with Jamie Watson back in March, and has now finally released her debut EP country album, The Journey. Despite her chaotic schedule, however, there's been one person in her corner through it all—famous big sister Britney Spears.
"For me and my sister the relationship [has] always been a really special one. I'm proud of my sister," the 23-year-old told Access Hollywood at the CMA Fest this month. "She went after her dream from a small town and she's still doing what she loves, so there's something to be said about that and something to be really proud of. So I definitely look at that as, you know, it gives me motivation and really inspires me to keep going."
"There's such a big age difference between me and my sister that I think [she] almost was like a second mom," she continued of Britney, 32. "She's so supportive and she's so encouraging of me and she's like my biggest fan…She's always had my back."
The support has come in handy over the past few months, as Jamie Lynn successfully balanced recording her new album and planning her New Orleans nuptials to Watson, 31. According to the newlywed though, her new music has been in the works since she welcomed daughter Maddie with ex Casey Aldridge in 2008.
"I've been working on this album now, probably for six years almost. My little girl will be 6 in two weeks, so it's about six years," she said. "So I'm definitely nervous and kind of overwhelmed, excited. I have so many feelings going on 'cause I've worked so hard on this and it took so much time that now, all the sudden, with a click of a button it's out there for everyone to hear."
Despite the nerves, the former Nickelodeon star is fully aware of how blessed she is. "I can't believe that I did everything in one year. I was like, 'If I'm gonna do it, I might as well just release my EP, get married, do it all in one year. Why not?'" she said.
"This is a year I'll always look back on as some really big moments in my life and I've got a great support team around me. My husband's great with supporting me in what I do, so, I mean, I'm happy. This is my life and I'm just making the best of it."