When Britney Spears’ controversial term was terminated in November after 13 years, many believed it would mark the end of the star’s woes.
Admittedly, things were looking up for Britney, who wed her longtime love Sam Asgari in June and released a new single with Elton John called “Hold Me Closer” last week.
However, the drama continues to continually escalate in her personal life and her strained relationship with her teenage sons has been brought to light in recent weeks.
16-year-old Britney Preston and 15-year-old Jayden are engaged to ex-husband Kevin Federline, whom she separated a year before the guardianship was established.
During that year, Kevin had custody of their children, but Britney gained joint custody again in 2008. As the years passed, a new settlement gave Britney two visits from her sons a week in addition to an overnight stay.
She consistently provided Kevin with $20,000 per month in child support, and also covered the children’s school expenses, insurance, and clothing. In 2018, Kevin requested a raise in this arrangement, much to the chagrin of Britney’s fans.
In recent years, Jayden and Preston have been visiting their mother less and less, and were noticeably absent from her and Sam’s wedding earlier this summer.
Last month, Kevin sparked a major backlash when he discussed Britney in an interview with the Daily Mail, in which he acknowledged his sons’ decision not to visit their mother.
“The boys decided they don’t see it now,” he said at the time. “It has been a few months since they saw her. They made the decision not to go to her wedding.”
Kevin went on to say that Jayden and Preston were uncomfortable with the minimally censored nude photos of Britney, which she previously said she shares in an effort to regain strength after enduring the limitations of her diapering for more than a decade.
Kevin also claimed that Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, “saved her life” – despite Britney accusing him of being abusive towards her.
“I saw this guy [Jamie Spears] He really cares, really cares about his family and wants everything to be okay,” Kevin said. “When Jimmy took over, I sorted things out. He saved her life.”
Both Britney and her husband, Sam, issued statements at the time condemning Kevin for making such public comments about her children.
Britney wrote on Instagram that she was saddened by Kevin being chosen for the interview, and claimed that Jayden and Preston were “hateful” towards her before they stopped visiting.
“I know it’s hard to deal with teenagers at this age…but come on, there’s rudeness and then there’s being distasteful,” she said, before adding, “They would visit me, walk in the door, go straight to their room and lock the door.
Kevin responded by sharing a series of old videos that showed Britney arguing with her sons. The clips were secretly filmed by the kids, and Britney didn’t seem to know she was on camera.
Kevin commented on his social media post: “I can’t just sit back and let my sons accuse like this after what they’ve been through. As much as it hurts us, we decided as a family to post these videos,” but the videos were quickly deleted.
Since then, Kevin and Jayden have both participated in other interviews, with Kevin appearing on the Australian news show 60 minutes It is scheduled to air on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Jayden spoke to ITV News documentary director Daphne Barak, where he spoke candidly about his mother.
The teenager insisted that there was “no hate” between him and Britney, but that “it would take a lot of time and effort” to repair their relationship.
“I just want her to get better mentally. When she gets better, I really want to see her again.” Jayden also said he was “really happy” for Britney and Sam, but it just wasn’t appropriate for him and Preston to attend their wedding.
“You didn’t invite the whole family,” he said, “then if it was just me and Preston, I don’t see how this situation would turn out on good relations.”
Jayden and Preston currently live with Kevin, his wife Victoria, and their children Jordan, 11, and Peyton, 8, as well as Kevin’s two oldest children from a previous relationship, 20-year-old Corey and 18-year-old Caleb.
Jayden described their home as their “safe place”, after claiming that Britney struggled to give him and his brother the same amount of love and attention.
“I don’t think she showed enough for Preston and I feel really bad for that,” he said. “We’ve been through so much stress in the past that this is our safe place now, to process all the emotional trauma we’ve been through to heal, and to heal our mental state.”
Similar to Kevin, Jayden has also defended Britney’s parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears – whom he calls Memaw and Paw Paw. Jayden said his grandfather “doesn’t deserve all the hate he gets in the media.”
“I love him with all my heart. He was just trying to be a dad,” he praises Britney’s brother Brian Spears, who recently invited him to lie about inviting her to her wedding.
Jayden continued to criticize his mother for her social media posts, saying, “Social media is helping her…so if that’s what she wants to do, that’s what she wants to do. I won’t hate her for it. At the same time, she should realize that every What prevents her from loving her family.”
“It’s almost as if she had to post something on Instagram to get some attention,” Jayden added. “This has been going on for years and years and years and there’s a good chance it will never stop, but I hope for me it will.”
Just hours after her son’s interview was posted online, Britney responded by admitting that she was very sad that she “did not live up to his expectations from the mother” in a lengthy statement on Instagram.
The star also said that she would fail as a mother if Jayden really believed her parents were good people because she urged him and Preston to meet with her for a face-to-face conversation.
“Finally at the age of forty, and without the constraints of what my family has done to me, I tell my son Jayden I am sending you all the love in the world every day for the rest of my life!!!! My love for my children knows no bounds, and I am deeply saddened to know he cries that I have not lived up to his expectations from a mother … ‘ Britney wrote. “And maybe one day we can meet face to face and talk about this openly!!!!”
Britney also pulled Kevin “who hasn’t had a job in 15 years” because she said she understands how different parenting styles mean her sons would prefer their upbringing.
“I suppose it’s easier for you guys not to have someone check you out to make sure you do your homework!!! I’m sure your dad smoking weed standards every day benefits your daily life at the age of 15 and 16 to participate in a very cool generation!!!” she said .
Then Britney took out all the work she had done to provide for her sons, including judgment The tenth factor And four rounds, before writing: “It’s awful to see your dad a hypocrite and say the media is horrible and yet you talked to them about personal matters!!!”
“If you can stop for a moment, remember where you came from!!! I hope you look in the mirror and remember… you are my child and always will be!!!” she continued. “Since Preston has not spoken, send my love!!! I love no more than to see you two face to face.”
Britney also responded to Jayden’s comments about her mental health, asking him to read a book before commenting on her “thought.”
“As for my mental health… my dear child you have to learn to pick up a book and read it before you even turn to think of my intellectual darling!!!” I wrote.
Concluding her statement, Britney told Jayden, “If you can sit honestly and say with your bright, reasonable mind that what Lee Mimao and Bao Bao did was good and describe them as not being bad people…then yes you failed as a mother and I hope this is a conversation for you and your father to sit face to face and try to figure out what is good “.
While many people sympathized with and praised Britney for speaking out, it was widely agreed that the situation with her sons had become so sad all over that fans hoped the family could recover in private.
While discussing Britney’s post on a Reddit forum, one user wrote: “I am sad to everyone who participated and I really hope Brit and her kids can find out in private/heal so these kids can break the cycle of dysfunction.
“There’s a lot of trauma, wasted time, and such a deep need to finally be respected/heard, but I hope you don’t hold the boys responsible for so much because they grew up with some really bad things,” he said.
Another wrote: “This whole thing is messy and sad on so many levels…I’m horrified that Britney has to go through this publicly.”
Neither Kevin nor Jayden responded to Britney’s post.
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