Since no one in Britney Spears’ orbit may refuse an interview, now she must respond to ex-husband Kevin Federline’s claims about their teenage sons allegedly choosing not to see her for months.
Federline, a former backup dancer who was married to the pop superstar for two tumultuous years in the early 2000s, recently took part in an interview with the Daily Mail, reigniting long-running tensions between him and his ex.
“The boys have decided they don’t see her at the moment,” Federline told the Mail of 16-year-old Preston and 15-year-old Jayden. “They haven’t seen her for a few months. They made the decision not to go to her wedding.
Federline also alleged that their sons were particularly embarrassed by Spears’ behavior on social media, including the revealing photos she posts on Instagram.
“I try to explain to them, ‘Look, maybe this is just another way she’s trying to express herself,'” he said. “But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it does to them.”
He further claimed that Spears’ conservatorship — which she says resulted in years of financial abuse and emotional abuse after it was put in place in 2008 — actually “saved” her.
The fallout from the legal arrangement, which a judge ended in November 2021, has been “hard to watch, harder to live with, harder to watch my boys go through than anything else,” Federline said.
“It was tough,” he added. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
Spears responded to the interview Saturday night via Instagram, calling Federline’s comments about her sons “hurtful.”
“It saddens me to learn that my ex-husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children,” she wrote. “As we all know, raising teenagers is never easy for anyone…It worries me that the reason is based on my Instagram…it was LONG before Instagram…I gave them my all. “
In a separate post, Spears pushed back on Federline’s criticism of her social media activity, writing that “other artists did much worse when their children were extremely young.”
“I’m only human and I tried my best,” she wrote. “I was controlled and monitored for almost 15 years…I needed permission just to take Tylenol!!! I should get into WAAAY more than being topless on the beach like a baby!!!!”
“I’m not surprised that just as my family has done their share of interviews, they will too,” she continued. “I’m not surprised at all with their behavior and their approach to what I had to deal with.”
Sam Asghari, who married Spears in June, also didn’t appreciate Federline’s comments, saying via Instagram that “there is no validity to his statement about children distancing themselves.”
“The boys are very smart and will soon be 18 to make their own decisions and may eventually realize the ‘difficult’ part was having a dad who hasn’t worked much in over 15 years as a model,” Asghari wrote.
“Kevin’s sauce is going to end soon, which probably explains the timing of these hurtful statements,” he added. “I don’t know him personally and have nothing against him except that he chose to vilify my wife. His character is revealed by the approval of the cruel 13 year (conservation) and his loyalty to Jaimie also indicates its approval at the time of its design.
Although Federline took out a restraining order against the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, following an alleged altercation in 2019, he said he would “absolutely welcome” Jamie back into his son’s life now.
“People make mistakes,” Federline told the Daily Mail of her former father-in-law, who was the architect of Spears’ conservatorship. “I feel bad for him. I feel like he was tested.”
The singer is currently in the midst of a legal battle with her father over an ongoing investigation into his role as custodian of his estate.
In July, she scored a major victory when a judge ruled Jamie must sit for a deposition to address a host of troubling claims, including an allegation that he put his daughter under constant surveillance by putting her bedroom on listen, which he denied.
Spears rarely speaks publicly about her own sons, although she shared a sweet photo of herself with the boys last year, saying they gave her permission to post it.
“I’m so lucky because both of my babies are so sweet [sic] and so nice that I must have done something right,” she wrote at the time. “I haven’t posted pictures of them in a while as they are at the age where they want to express their own identity and I totally get it.”