Lynne Spears appeared on the Today Show this morning and talked about Britney and her rise to fame. She made a lot of great points during the interview but we'll let you guys be the judge.
On being a stage mom: "Britney pushed me."
On it not being possible to be by Britney every second: "Did I want to be there? Of course!" she said. "Was it feasible? It wasn't."
On comparing Britney to a kid in college: "You don't really know what they're doing in college ... just as Britney set out two years earlier to be a star," she said.
On Britney in Hollywood: "She's out there, she's with the crowds and with her peer groups, and she's doing things -- she's a celebrity, for heaven's sake!"
On Britney's 1999 Rolling Stone cover: "We didn't really know what we were doing...We were so in awe," she said. "I never even bought [Rolling Stone], but I just heard this is a really big deal."
On not knowing what was going on: "We didn't have any choice over pictures ... We had no one who could tell us what we were supposed to be doing."
On getting sucked into fame: "There was that honeymoon period where it looked like she could do no wrong," Lynne said. "Then there's that ugly side of fame ... and we weren't ready for that."
On Britney's downfall: "I don't think anybody was even trying to sit and think of what was going on," she said. "We were praying very hard. It seemed like we had no control over what was happening."
On looking back at everything: "I have sat for hours, thinking and thinking about everything that's happened. It's been a whirlwind. When you mix extreme heightened celebrity hood and then when you have heartache ... The mixture's just not healthy."