Jamie Lynn Spears is aware of how fortunate she is to still be alive.
After escaping an almost fatal ATV accident five years ago.
Maddie was strapped into the ATV when it somehow found itself submerged in a pond.
Jamie Lynn Spears is aware of how fortunate she is to still be alive after escaping an almost fatal ATV accident five years ago. The actress, 31, tells the news in an exclusive new interview, “We did a lot of work, obviously, to absorb it. Now it’s more about focusing on the good and the fact that it is a miracle — and that is not the case for so many people.
“We were blessed. Things like that don’t just happen for no reason,” she adds.
“That’s how we discuss it now. It’s our miracle anniversary, not our accident anniversary. And both Maddie and I are so grateful.”
Maddie Watson, then 8 years old, took a ride on her ATV while Spears and her were visiting Jamie Watson’s parents in February 2017. Maddie was strapped into the ATV when it somehow found itself submerged in a pond.
Maddie miraculously avoided any brain injury and subsequently made a full recovery.
When Spears was filming “Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test,” a new reality series on Fox, she had to repeat the terrifying—yet miraculous—incident.
The “Sweet Magnolias” actress was one of 16 celebrities who made the trip to Jordan’s deserts to test their physical and mental limits by taking part in a series of testing exercises intended for U.S. military training.
The cast, which included former “Bachelorette” Hannah Brown and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore, was instructed to leap out of a helicopter into the open sea just hours into filming.
“I was beyond terrified and, of course, triggered,” the “Zoey 101” alum reflects. “But I just had to do it, get through it. And I’m so glad I did.”
Despite the subsequent surge of emotional distress, Spears who instantly started crying and even throwing up after finishing the adrenaline-pumping job eventually felt better thereafter.
“The way they used the physical elements to bring out this mental healing was really important. Obviously, having to go through that experience with Maddie was very tragic for me,” she explains.
“And even though it turned out to be a miracle and she survived, all the water and the elements involved in the helicopter mission was tough for me. The second I was asked if I was OK, I threw up. My body remembered the trauma of Maddie’s accident, but it was also super healing.”
The mother of two, who also raises daughter Ivey, 4, with Watson, says the subsequent torrent of tears was cathartic. (She has Maddie with her ex-boyfriend Casey Aldridge.)
“I cried for, like, the next hour after that. I needed that. I never, really, I think, allowed myself to go there and the only way to get there emotionally and mentally was if I physically pushed myself,” she tells us.
“It’s intense, but I’ll say it worked.”
Spears hopes families who’ve faced similar struggles will feel “less alone” after hearing more of her and Maddie’s story on “Special Forces.”
“Me having to talk about this on national TV and having a conversation about this will probably make a lot of other people feel like they’re not alone,” she says.
“I wanted to make myself completely vulnerable so that others who have been on this journey, too, can find healing for themselves.”
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