Sharon Osbourne has applauded Britney Spears' little sister for keeping her baby at 16, revealing she chose to terminate her pregnancy when she was a teen.
Jamie Lynn Spears stunned fans, friends and her family when she revealed she was expecting in 2007, and recounted the moment she realised she was pregnant during a guest-hosting spot on Osbourne's U.S. show The Talk on Friday (24Jun16).
The country singer revealed she broke the news to her mum by leaving her a note in her closet, and her mother informed the whole family.
"Everyone was in panic mode," she recalled. "It was really scary, but at the end of the day my focus was on the fact that I was about to bring another life into this world... No one can tell you what the right decision is for you, so I had to make that."
As the studio audience clapped and cheered, Osbourne said, "You know what Jamie, you are a very special young woman because I was in a predicament like that at a year older than you and I chose another way of dealing with it, and I applaud you, I really do."
Britney's sister responded, "I think it's important though... that this was my decision; that doesn't mean it's right or wrong for anyone else. There's no way to tell anyone else that... These are my personal choices and this is what I chose to do."
Sharon is now mum to daughters Aimee and Kelly and son Jack, who is now a father to two young kids.
The rock manager-turned-TV personality recently confessed her abortion at 17 was "the worst thing" she ever did.
She recalled, "I went alone. I was terrified. It was full of other young girls, and we were all terrified and looking at each other and nobody was saying a bloody word. I howled my way through it, and it was horrible. I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you.
"When I tried to have children, I lost three. I think it was because something had happened to my cervix during the abortion."