Kevin Federline, the musician, dancer, reality TV star, and former husband of Britney Spears, went on the record in a rare, lengthy interview with Britain’s ITV television network. While the full program has yet to air, the Daily Mail published some excerpts on Saturday, which have already prompted a reaction from the newlywed Spears.
Most notable was Federline’s statements concerning the two children he shares with Spears, boys aged 16 and 15. He claimed that the kids have elected not to see their mother, despite living not too far from one another in the Greater Los Angeles area. (Spears and new husband Sam Asghari recently quit Spears’s Thousand Oaks mansion for a new, $11.8 million home in Calabasas, California.)
“The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now,” Federline said in the interview. “It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the decision not to go to her wedding.”
Federline also called watching his sons witness the public battle between Spears and her father, Jamie Spears, over her conservatorship “the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
Federline said he believed the controversial conservatorship, from which Spears fought to be liberated, was ultimately done with good intentions. “When Jamie took over, things got into order. He saved her life,” he said.
“I try to explain to them,” Federline added, “‘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. It’s tough.” He concluded that he “can’t imagine how it feels to be a teenager having to go to high school.”
He also added that he has no hard feelings toward Jamie Spears or anyone else in the wider Spears clan. “I would absolutely welcome Jamie Spears back in the boys’ lives,” he said, even though he and Britney’s father have had their own legal entanglements in the past. “People make mistakes,” Federline said. “I feel bad for him. I feel like he’s been put through the wringer.”
Federline currently lives with his wife, former pro volleyball player Victoria Prince, with whom he shares two children. In the interview he added that his other eldest two children, which he had with previous girlfriend Shar Jackson, are regular guests, bringing the Federline brood to six.
Later in the interview, when discussing the strain of growing up under the glare of global stardom, he said “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.”
None of this went over too well with Britney Spears or Sam Asghari.
The pop icon took to Instagram stories on Saturday night to write, in white on a plain black background, “it saddens me to hear that my ex husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children.”
She added, “as we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone. It concerns me the fact that the reasons is based on my Instagram… it was LONG before Instagram,”
She continued, employing a stream-of-consciousness style, “I gave them everything… Only one word: HURTFUL… I’ll say it… My mother told me ‘You should GIVE them to their dad’.”
She concluded “I’m sharing this because I can… Have a good day folks!”
Asghari chimed in on his own Instagram stories, writing “to clarify my wife has never posted a nude selfie except of her butt which is quite modest these days.”
On Sunday morning, Spears posted a follow-up to Instagram, which read, in part, “I’m only human and I’ve done my best,” and “I daringly would like to ask the Federline’s [sic] to watch the BIG BOOTY VIDEO,” which is presumedly a reference to the Gucci Mane–Megan Thee Stallion collaboration, which Spears cites as artists doing “much worse when their children were extremely young.”