Pop princess Britney Spears has lately been enjoying her freedom from her 13-year conservatorship and all the privileges that come with that - specifically, naming and shaming those who have wronged, silenced, or taken advantage of her vulnerability over the years.
Now, the “Stronger” singer is finding her voice again, this time against ex-husband and former back-up dancer Kevin Federline, who recently gave an interview criticising his ex-wife for her IG selfies, and even daring to suggest that their two teenage sons are avoiding her as a result.
“It saddens me to hear that my ex husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and dmy children,” she wrote in her IG story over a black background. “As we all knonw, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone … It concerns me the reason is based on my Instagram. It was LONG before Instagram.”
She continued in the statement, “I gave them everything. Only one word: HURTFUL… I’ll say it … My mother told me ‘you should GIVE them to their dad’ … I’m sharing this because I can!!! Have a good day folks!!!”
Her explosive retort is in response to Federline telling UK’s ITV (per The Daily Mail) that their two teenage songs, Sean Preston and Jayden “have decided they are not seeing her right now. It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the decision not to go to her wedding.”
He also suggested that her recent series of racy and boundary-pushing selfies, where she’s nearly naked on a bed, have had an impact on their sons. He told ITV, “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. It’s tough. I can’t imagine how it feels to be a teenager having to go to high school.”
The “Work B***c” singer also responded later to those misogyny-tinged comments as well on her Instagram, sharing a post that read, “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 continued, “I honestly would like to share my TWO CENTS!!! I daringly would like for the Federline’s to watch the BIG BOOTY VIDEO!!! Other artists have made much worse when their children were extremely young!!!”
A few days later, Federline posted and then deleted three videos of Britney Spears allegedly arguing with her sons.
“I can not sit back and let my sons be accused in this way after what they’ve been through. As much as it hurts us, we decided as a family to post these videos,” he captioned.
“This isn’t even the worst of it,” he continued. “The lies have to stop. I hope our kids grow up to be better than this.”
In his original statements, Federline also included several comments that were sure to upset his ex-wife, including the comment that Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, whom the singer accused of “conservator abuse,” had brought “order” to her life, saying, “He saved her life.”
Federline’s comments seem to take an about-face from his position in 2019 when he filed a police report and obtained a restraining order against Jamie Spears, allegedly stemming from a violent altercations between Jamie and Britney’s son’s Sean.
In 2021, when Britney’s views on her father’s conservatorship style came to light in court testimony, Federline’s attorney told People, “Britney has not been served well by the conservatorship and it's not consistent with what she wants. I think that she should be able to challenge that. And if it's what's best for her, Kevin supports it."
Jayden also called his grandfather Jamie “a pretty big D***” on Instagram Live in 2020.
However in the ITV interview, Federline also suggested that her 13-year conservatorship, and its termination have taken a toll on their sons, saying it’s been, “hard to watch, harder to live through, harder to watch my boys go through than anything else. It’s been tough.”
The “Piece of Me” singer didn’t take those comments lightly, saying in her post, “As their step mom says ‘whatever is happening outside this home has nothing to do with this home’ … I would like to share the DOOR to outside is a token to the WHITE GATES I’ve been kept from for 15 years … the conservatorship has only been over for 8 months!!!”
She added, “Being able to have cash FROM THE OUTSIDE world for the first time is EXTREMELY ENLIGHTENING…. Are we equal now??? As in even equality???”
After pointing out the misogyny, and hypocrisy of Federlines comments, Britney finished off her comments with a scathing critique of her ex-husband’s timing. “I’m not surprised that just as my family did their share of interviews, they will too.”
She concluded, “I’m not surprised at all with their behaviour and their approach to what I’ve had to deal with!!!”
Britney’s comments section is full of support, including heiress Paris Hilton, who commented, “Love you Angel. So sorry you have to go through this😔 Sending you so much love and support💗”
Britney’s husband Sam Asghari, whom she married in June, has also commented on Federline’s comments with disdain. He wrote in his Instagram Stories, per E! News, “My wife has never posted a nude selfie except of her butt [which] is quite modest these days. All other posts were implied nudity [which] can be seen in any ad for lotion or soap."
“There is no validity to his statement regarding the kids distancing themselves and it is irresponsible to make that statement publicly.”
Britney has been very vocal on her social media in the past few months since her conservatorship was terminated in November 2021. She has taken aim at her sister Jamie Lynn, for writing a tell-all book, at her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, and at both of her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears.