Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline says he was ‘mortified for her’ but didn’t help her in conservatorship battle because he had to ‘worry’ about their sons
- Federline, 44, says he ‘feels bad’ for Spears, 40, due to 13-year conservatorship
- In the 60 Minutes Australia teaser, he explains why he didn’t help her legal battle
- The former backup dancer claims he need to stay out of it to focus on their sons
- He and Spears share Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15
- Federline previously revealed they hadn’t seen Spears in months
- He and the boys also skipped out on her wedding to Sam Asghari
Kevin Federline delved into his lack of public support for his ex-wife Britney Spears’ battle to end her conservatorship in a teaser for an upcoming 60 Minutes Australia interview that was posted on Wednesday.
In the teaser from the episode, which airs on Sunday, September 4, the 44-year-old former backup dancer said ultimately didn’t get involved in her attempts to end the arrangement because he was focused on raising their sons, though the teaser doesn’t make it clear why he thought the choices were incompatible.
He previously revealed that the sons he shares with Britney — 16-year-old Sean and 15-year-old Jayden — had skipped her wedding to Sam Asghari and hadn’t seen her in months, which he claimed was partly due to semi-nude photos she posted to Instagram since the end of her conservatorship.
Focused on family: Kevin Federline, 44, said he didn’t assist his ex-wife Britney Spears, 40, in her attempts to end her conservatorship because he was focused on their ‘boys,’ according to a teaser for an upcoming 60 Minutes Australia interview
In the brief clip, Federline admitted that he felt ‘mortified’ for his ex-wife after she was placed under a conservatorship for her person and her estate for 13 years.
‘The boys, the boys, the boys. I had to worry about them,’ he said while leaning back in a chair and wearing a blue button-up shirt over a black T-shirt. ‘I couldn’t get involved.’
Sean and Jayden have apparently become disengaged from their mother recently, and they were not among the guests at her wedding in June.
‘Although the boys will not be in attendance, Kevin and the boys are happy for Britney and wish her and Sam all the best going forward, Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told TMZ in a statement at the time.
Family: Kevin and Britney share their sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15; pictured (L–R) Bryan Spears, Jayden, Sean, Britney and niece Lexie in 2015
Staying out of it: ‘The boys, the boys, the boys. I had to worry about them,’ he said while leaning back in a chair. ‘I couldn’t get involved’
Earlier in the teaser, Federline looked emotional as he said he was affected by seeing Britney’s struggles against her conservatorship.
‘I was mortified for her. I really was,’ he said, adding, ‘I still feel bad.’
Later in the clip, Federline shared a clipped summation of his brief marriage to the Toxic singer.
‘It was amazing — until it wasn’t,’ he said.
The couple only dated for three months in 2004 before they got engaged in July of that year, and they were married by September.
Britney gave birthday to Sean in September of 2005, and Jayden followed around a year later in 2006, but the pop star filed for divorce in November 2006, with it being finalized the following year.
Torn up: Federline looked emotional as he said he was affected by Britney’s struggles against her conservatorship. ‘I was mortified for her. I really was,’ he said, adding, ‘I still feel bad’
Brief marriage: The couple got engaged in 2004 after dating for three months. They split in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2007; Britney seen with her sons in the teaser
Blended : Kevin was also seen leaning back in a chair outdoors while joined on the left by Jayden and on the right by his son Kaleb, whom he shares with his ex Shar Jackson
In the short interview teaser, Kevin was also seen leaning back in a chair outdoors while joined on his left by Jayden and on his right by his son Kaleb, whom he shares with his ex Shar Jackson.
During an impassioned court appearance prior to the end of her conservatorship, Spears had claimed that she hadn’t been allowed to drive her own car and that she was prohibited from having her contraceptive IUD removed in order to have a child with her then-boyfriend Sam Asghari.
In an interview from August with ITV, Federline claimed that ‘The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now,’ which he attributed to some of her raunchy post-conservatorship Instagram posts.
‘It’s been a few months since they’ve seen her. They made the decision not to go to her wedding,’ he explained.
But the singer swiftly responded to Federline’s claims and suggested the estrangement began before her risqué posts.
Distanced: In an interview from August with ITV, Federline claimed that ‘The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now,’ which he attributed to some of her raunchy Instagram posts; seen in 2005 in Hollywood
‘It saddens me to hear that my ex husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children,’ Spears wrote on Instagram August 6. ‘As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone … it concerns me the fact that the reason is based on my Instagram … it was LONG before Instagram … I gave them every thing … Only one word: HURTFUL.’
In his own statement, Asghari also denied Federline’s claims while including a barb about his work history.
‘The boys are very smart and will be 18 soon to make their own decisions and may eventually realize the “tough” part was having a father who hasn’t worked much in over 15 years as a role model,’ he wrote.
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