Britney Spears and Kevin Federline have certainly had their ups and downs since splitting in November 2006. The former couple, who tied the knot in 2004 and share sons Sean Preston and Jayden, have gone from feuding exes to supportive coparents.
The DJ praised his ex-wife for seeking mental health treatment amid her father Jamie Spears’ illness in April 2019.
“Kevin commends Britney for recognizing that she needs to take a step back and that she is taking the reasonable steps to deal with her situation in a responsible way,” Federline’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told The Blast.
He also agreed to care for their children until she recovered.
The pair’s journey to amicability hasn’t been an easy one, however. Just months prior, the twosome were locked in a bitter feud after Federline requested an increase in child support payments.
The duo, who once avoided each other at their son Sean Preston’s baseball game, according to an eyewitness, have also feuded over custody in the past.
By 2015, however, they seemed to have temporarily gotten over their differences: The reality star recalled his happier times with Spears to Access Hollywood in March 2015. “It was a good time in my life,” he said, adding that their coparenting was going “great.”
When Britney challenged her conservatorship in a bombshell hearing six years later, Federline supported his ex-wife in a statement.
“The best thing would be for their mom to be healthy and happy,” his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan said in June 2021. “And if either of those things aren’t true, it doesn’t provide for the best setting for custody to be exercised. [Kevin] certainly respects Britney and only hopes the best for her because when the best for her is achieved, it’s the best for their kids. The kids love their mother and he wants there to be a healthy and strong relationship.”
The attorney added at the time: “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. … “If she’s strong and healthy and wants to be in control of her own life, and can do that in a reasonable, responsible fashion, then more power to her.”
Five months later, Us confirmed that Jamie believes his daughter’s conservatorship should end “immediately.”
Scroll through to relive Britney’s ups and downs with the One Tree Hill alum over the years.