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Through all the highly publicized twists and turns in Britney Spears’s conservatorship and her legal battles against her father, Jamie Spears, her ex, Kevin Federline, has maintained a seemingly safe distance from the controversy. But now for whatever reason, somehow, Kevin Federline has returned.
In a new television interview with ITV News, Federline is going on the record about his feelings regarding Spears and their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. The interview will air this week, but quotes from the special have already reached Britney and her new husband, Sam Asghari, and they are less than impressed.
Federline; his wife, Victoria Prince; and his children — including Jayden James, 15, and Sean Preston, 16 — reportedly participated in the interview, which was filmed at his home in Los Angeles and made headlines this weekend after a tease was published in the daily mail. Despite the article’s efforts to paint Federline as a family man who wants to live outside the spotlight, the interview seems to largely revolve around Spears, her conservatorship, and, for some reason, her her Instagram.
He specifically pointed to Spears’s love of posting nearly nude selfies (which comply with Instagram’s nudity policy and often include strategically placed emoji), claiming the photos have a negative effect on their teenage sons. “I try to explain to them ‘Look, maybe that’s just another way she tries to express herself.’ But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it does to them,” he said. “I can’t imagine how it feels to be a teenager having to go to high school.” He also claimed that their sounds of her, who did not attend Spears’s recent wedding to Asghari, “have decided they are not seeing her right now,” noting, “It’s been a few months.”
The former backup dancer and DJ further claimed that he decided to do the interview in the hopes of getting Spears to understand the effect her Instagram has on her kids. “If there was a way — any way — I could possibly say something to just open [Britney’s] eyes, but I haven’t found that yet. I feel like, if I found that, I’d be on the phone trying to tell her.” Federline also shocked fans by saying he’d welcome Jamie Spears back into his sons’ lives with open arms — despite the fact that he has a alleged restraining order against Jamie after an alleged conflict with one of the kids. “I don’t have any hard feelings towards Jamie Spears. People make mistakes. I feel bad for him. I feel like he’s been put through the wringer.”
After the interview was published on Saturday, Asghari and Spears both took to Instagram to push back. In a message shared to his Instagram Story, Asghari noted that Spears’s Instagram selfies “were implied nudity, which can be seen in any ad for lotion or soap.” He also claimed that there was “no validity to her statement regarding the kids distancing themselves,” adding, “It is irresponsible to make that statement publicly.” Spears’s husband then questioned the timing of Federline’s tell-all interview — just a few years before his sounds dela turn 18 and Spears will no longer have to make child-support payments. “Kevin’s gravy train will end soon, which probably explains the timing of these hurtful statements,” he wrote, before pointing out Federline’s support for the conservatorship. He concluded his statement, writing, “I will not comment on this matter again except to say I have a job.”
Spears later wrote on her own Instagram Story, “It saddens me to hear that my ex husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children. As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone.” She hinted that any distancing between her and her kids from her started “LONG before Instagram,” and called the new statements “HURTFUL.” She also hinted at her parents’ involvement in her relationship with her sons, writing, “My mother told me, ‘You should GIVE them to their dad. ‘” On Sunday, she shared another statement on Instagram. “Reminder that the trauma and insults that come with fame and this business not only affect me but my children as well!!!! I’m only human and I’ve done my best.” She also defended her social media presence, writing, “Other artists have made much worse when their children were extremely young !!! During my conservatorship I was controlled and monitored for nearly 15 years … I needed permission just to take Tylenol !!! I should embark on doing WAAAY more than going topless on the beach like a baby!!!!”
It’s unclear how much contact Federline and Spears have had since her conservatorship has been dissolved. The couple currently share custody 70-30, with the boys residing with Federline, their stepmother, and their two younger sisters. Spears currently pays Federline over $20,000 per month in child support. The exact amount has not been reported, but Federline officially requested an increase from $20,000 per month to $60,000 in 2018, and the two parties reached settlement in 2019, while Spears’s dela was still under conservatorship.