Following the announcement of 16-year-old Jaime Lynn Spears' pregnancy nine months ago, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson put Lynne Spears' memoir on indefinite hold. But with the baby born and older daughter Britney in better health, Lynne is ready to release "Through the Storm" on September 16, according to The Associated Press.
In the 211-page book — which was originally called "Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World" — Spears discusses the life and times of her famous daughters. Through photos and anecdotes, the former school teacher says Britney could already dance and sing by the age of 3. Lynne also describes her as an outgoing, talented young woman who friends and family believed would one day land on Broadway.
She denies that she was a stage mom who pushed her elder daughter into a life of stardom and says that Britney was always focused on making it in the entertainment industry. It was shortly after Britney had a hit with "...Baby One More Time" and posed in a bra and panties on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1999 that Lynne felt she began to lose control over her superstar daughter. She also discusses Britney's romance with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake, noting that it couldn't last.
She describes feeling "shock and dismay" when she saw Britney shave her head and fall into short-lived and unsuccessful marriages to Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline, the latter with whom Britney had a highly publicized child-custody battle over their two sons. She describes Kevin as a "caring daddy" and says that when Britney has it all together, she is "an amazing mother." She also writes that she felt "punched in the stomach" when she found out Jamie Lynn was pregnant.
Things got bad in the last two years, when Britney's behavior became erratic and she started hanging out with questionable characters like "manager" Sam Lutfi, who admitted to Lynne that he was drugging the pop star, hoping to induce a coma that would help doctors cure her of her addictions.
Lynne calls Britney's second hospitalization in February at the UCLA Medical Center psychiatric ward a "turning point" for her family, because the pop star finally got the medical care she needed.
Britney, who won three awards at Sunday's VMAs, and her mom are close again, according to the book. And Lynne writes that Britney is still the "brave little girl who sang to the skies."