Maddie Spears, the daughter of Zoey 101 star and country singer Jamie Lynn Spears, was involved in a tragic accident four years ago this February when the ATV she was driving flipped into a pond, pinning the then eight-year-old beneath the water. Spears and her husband Jamie Watson dived into the water right after, but were unable to pull the small girl to safety; the local ambulance service was able to get her out and to the hospital. Maddie eventually made a full recovery, but Spears has rarely spoken about the family’s horrific experience.
Spears talked about the tragedy in a honest Instagram post last year. “It began off like most Sundays, going to church, visiting relatives, until they tried to save my daughter’s life, took her away, and we thought we’d lost her forever, and it felt like the world stopped spinning around me.”
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Jamie Lynn has been silent about the traumatic day and its aftermath for nearly five years. To absorb the accident, the country singer-songwriter began writing a book about it, which became Things I Should Have Said.
Jamie Lynn says Maddie’s chapter still brings her pain. “The hardest chapter to write and to read is the one about the accident. It has a wonderful ending, but you can’t help, every time you’re reading it, to go back to that…” she says. “It’s still hard to even talk about it.”