Lynne Spears’ friends have defended her parental skills.

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Long-term pals of the Spears family have come forward in support of Lynne and have also revealed her “desperation” to help her troubled 26-year-old
daughter Britney.

Joy, who has known Lynne for over 20 years, said: “Lynne is portrayed as a bad mother, a mother that doesn’t care, a mother interested in money, but that’s simply not the truth.

“She called me early one morning and she said, ‘I think if I just get to Britney and I just touch her and if I just hold her, then it’ll be OK. I’m going in my trainers and my sweatpants and if I have to climb the wall and run past bodyguards and dogs, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m getting to her. I’m desperate. ‘”

Lynne’s parental skills came under intense criticism after eldest daughter Britney was committed to the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation, and her 16-year-old daughter Jamie Lynn fell pregnant.

Joy added to Access Hollywood: “Britney and Lynne were extremely close and I don’t know how their rift got this far. Britney is an adult and I think Lynne has been one of the people in her life that has told her the truth and that’s not always pleasant to hear.

“There were plenty of people around her to tell her what she wanted to hear and she shut her mom out.”

After Lynne and Britney reunited in Los Angeles last week, Lynne rang Joy and friend Kelly and begged them to “pray” for mother-of-two Britney.

Kelly revealed: “Lynne was really upset. She was having a difficult time. She said, ‘Kelly, you just can’t imagine. Just pray for Britney. She’s not doing well. I just don’t know what’s going to happen.’ She just asked me to keep praying for her.”