Mistakes but no regrets says Britney Spears' mom

Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:26pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Lynne Spears says every mother makes mistakes but she has no regrets about letting her daughters Britney and Jamie Lynn pursue their dreams of stardom.

"I think you have to let them follow their dreams. I think it would be worse in the end if you didn't," Spears, 53, told People magazine in an interview marking the publication next week of her much-anticipated memoir.

As Britney's star rose, Spears said she felt she was losing control over both her daughter and how she was portrayed.

"I let other people talk me out of things that I felt a gut instinct about," she told People.

The memoir "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World," is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher of bibles and inspirational books.

It chronicles Spears' family during the phenomenal rise of Britney Spears in the late 199Os and her highly publicized meltdown.

Originally planned for a May release, the book was postponed in January after Jamie Lynn Spears, then 16, announced in a celebrity magazine that she was pregnant.

In excerpts from the memoir to be published in Friday's People magazine, Spears rejected criticism that she was a pushy stage mother or had sought to profit from the careers of her daughters.   Continued...

<p>Lynne Spears, mother of singer Britney Spears, is shown in Hollywood July 28, 2002. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen</p>