Britney Spears’ sons have avoided the “Toxic” singer for months, according to their dad, Kevin Federline.
Preston, 16 and Jayden, 15 even elected not to attend their mother’s wedding — her third — to Sam Asghari this spring as the 40-year-old pop star dominated headlines and frequently posted naked photos of herself online, Federline told The Daily Mail.
“The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now,” K-Fed said. “It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the decision not to go to her wedding.”
Federline, 44, told the outlet he and his sons were upset about an allegation Spears leveled on Instagram in April accusing him of refusing to meet with her when she was pregnant with one of their sons. Federline threatened to sue his ex-wife over the since-deleted statement.
“This whole thing has been hard to watch, harder to live through, harder to watch my boys go through than anything else,” the backup dancer reportedly said of the recent media circus surrounding the November end of her conservatorship. “It’s been tough. It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.”
Spears and Federline were married from 2004 and 2006 and their relationship was chronicled in a reality show called “Britney and Kevin Chaotic.”
A year after their divorce, Spears had a series of public meltdowns as she fought for custody of the children. The former teen pop star was hospitalized multiple times, shaved her head, attacked paparazzi and was forced into rehab.
In the years after her court-ordered conservatorship began, her relationship with her sons was peaceful and stable, but had recently deteriorated due to unspecified things the teens witnessed during their visits with mom, Federline said.
“There were a lot of things going on that I didn’t feel comfortable with,” he cryptically told the outlet.
Spears’ penchant for flaunting her nude body online didn’t help matters, according to the article.
“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.”
Despite taking out a restraining order on Spears’ father Jamie in 2019, Federline told the Mail he thought the allegedly “abusive” conservator meant well.
“I saw this man that really cared, and really cares about his family and wanting everything to be OK,” he said. “When Jamie took over, things got into order. He saved her life.”
“They’ve had a lot of questions about it,” he reportedly said of the children. “I don’t know that I can answer all of them for them but I just tried to explain to them that your mom needed help, you know, and the people were in play to try to make that happen, to make it better.”
Federline said he hoped Preston and Jayden would have a good relationship with their grandfather.
“I would absolutely welcome Jamie Spears back in the boys’ lives,’” he said, according to the report. “Especially if that’s what the boys wanted. 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.”
In June, Spears bought a Los Angeles mansion not far from where K-Fed lives with the teens, his wife Victoria, their two children and his two other children from another previous relationship.
The “Baby One More Time” singer recently announced she is pregnant after suffering a miscarriage earlier this year.
But being close by hasn’t healed the rift, Federline 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.”