Kevin Federline continues to publicly battle his ex-wife Britney Spears.
In an interview with 60 Minutes AustraliaFederline, 44, explained why he believes her pop star father, Jamie Spears, did the right thing by taking legal control of her life in 2008 after multiple hospitalizations.
During the interview, which aired in Australia on Sunday, Federline was asked if Jamie “saved his daughter” by placing her in conservatorship. The legal arrangement allowed the elder Spears to manage his daughter’s life.
“100%,” replied Federline, who shares sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, with the singer. “I feel like he saved her then.”
However, the former backup dancer also clarified that he was not involved in the decision to place Spears, now 40, under the conservatorship, which was set up two years after she filed for divorce from him in 2006.
“I wasn’t involved in any of that, so I really don’t know how the preservative came about. I don’t know whose decision it was,” Federline explained. “All I know is that you have a family who are worried about their daughter and are trying to do everything they can to help her.”
Federline added that his sons were excited for their mother when the conservative term officially ends in November 2021 after nearly 14 years.
“They were both so happy for her, you know? Because it’s not always what’s right. It’s what [she] wanted, you know [she] took,” Federline continued.
However, he added that the boys have moved into his home full-time and have no contact with their mother.
“The boys decided they weren’t seeing her right now,” Federline said. “It’s been a few months since they’ve actually seen her.”
Jayden also appeared in the interview, stating that he believes Jamie’s grandfather did what was best at the time.
“He was trying to be like any father, like chasing his daughter’s dream of being a superstar, working and doing all these gigs and acting,” Jaden said. “But I think some people just don’t realize how much he cares about her.”
He also discussed why he didn’t attend his mother’s June wedding to Sam Asghari.
“I’m really happy for them. But, I mean… He didn’t invite the whole family, and if it was going to be me and Preston, I don’t see how that would be a situation. They’re over on good terms,” she explained.
This isn’t the first time Federline has been more vocal in the press about his ex-wife. She previously claimed the pop star is estranged from her sons and told the 60 Minutes Australia interview that the boys have moved into his house full time. In an excerpt from the interview, Federline said Spears is hurting her sons with her social media.
“I try to explain to them, ‘Look, maybe this is just another way he’s trying to express himself.’ But that doesn’t take away from the fact of what it’s doing to them,” said Federline, who claimed his “priority has always been: It’s about what’s good for the boys.” The feud soon escalated when Federline posted old videos of Spears yelling at their sons, Yahoo Entertainment previously reported. However, he soon deleted the post.
On Friday night, Spears took to Instagram to respond to criticism of her social media presence. In a video for Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” – a tune he recently remixed in collaboration with the music legend – she can be seen dancing topless. In the caption, he explained why he continues to appear on social media.
“I couldn’t post my lovely family. Anyway, I’m so sorry guys, I’m still on social media. I’m sorry you feel like I’m doing it for attention. I’m sorry for the way you feel,” Spears wrote. “But guess what? I have news for you. I’m a child of God, as we all are in God’s eyes. So NO I’m not sorry. I’ve learned to say so!!!”
Although Spears has cited his upbringing on social media, Federline maintains that he tries to create the most normal environment for his children.
“I want my sons to have as close to a normal life as they can have, because it will make them better people,” she said. “They see me to know that if they really want to get away, they know how to get away.”