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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/ 5/2006

Is Britney K-Fed Up?

By Liz Kelly

The Spears-Federlines in February. Peace indeed. (AP)

What was once a trickle of reports about trouble in paradise is turning into a full-on geyser. The paradise in question would be Britney Spears' 21-month marriage to her babies' daddy, Kevin Federline (K-Fed). Although glimpses into their conjugal bliss have always been a bit freaky (remember the People magazine report about their wedding eve "date" complete with soundtrack by Phil Collins?), increasing reports of a growing rift between the two are picking up steam.

A Rough 2006 Timeline:
- Feb. 7: Britney drives with baby Sean Preston on her lap.
- April 1: Sean Preston falls out of high chair, the Spears-Federline household gets a visit from Social Services.
- April 21: Britney is conspicuously absent from K-Fed's Vegas rap album "listening party."
- May 14: Britney speeds away from home on Mother's Day, Sean Preston incorrectly strapped in a forward-facing car seat.
- May 20: Cryptic poem ("No more chains/ That you gave me/ Enough of pain") posted to Britney's official Web site.
- May 26: K-Fed allegedly banished to the basement?
- Today: Is Britney consulting lawyers and signing preliminary divorce papers?

There's just one problem with this unraveling timeline -- somewhere between the rap debut and the Mother's Day incident we found out Britney was pregnant again. She's due to give birth in October.

As much as we'd like things to work out for Brit and K-Fed -- for the sake of two kids, if nothing else -- maybe a split would be the best possible solution, freeing up Kev to move on to his next assignment in serial daddyhood (remember, he has two children with actress Shar Jackson, too).

What do you think? Should Britney and Kevin split or work things out? Vote in today's poll, then share your reasoning in the comments section.

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By Liz Kelly  | June 5, 2006; 10:55 AM ET
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Tired of Hollywood making a mockery of marriage and parenthood. Unfortunately, this is a huge example of what our children think is acceptable behavior. It is sad that too many people bail on marriage and being a proper parent. It is old! Come on people - grow up and take relationships seriously!

Posted by: Lynn | June 5, 2006 11:31 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from white trash?!

Posted by: washtiger | June 5, 2006 12:15 PM | Report abuse

As far as setting examples "for the children", Lynn, I think you're missing the Big Picture. Look at Britney -- not one, but two, mockeries of marriage under her (ever-expanding) belt. And what does she have to show for it: she's a washed-up has-been as a singer/dancer/(cough)actress in her mid-20s and her "career" now pretty much consists of selling baby pix to People magazine. Plus a leach of a husband burning through what's left of her millions at what I'm sure is a pretty good clip.

If this (and the Bobby Brown/Whitney Houston debacle) aren't good examples for parents to hold up to their kids of what bad things can happen when your marriage isn't built on respect, maturity and commitment to a common vision, then said parents probably need to reexamine their syllabi.

y for get into a serious relationship without to hold up to

Posted by: Unobstructed View | June 5, 2006 12:18 PM | Report abuse

They should stay together. It is the perfect union of has-been and never-was.

Posted by: Malcontent | June 5, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Ha - I like your new disclaimer. Because really, people who have the time to waste posting nasty comments on celebrity blogs...those people really have too much time on their hands.

Posted by: h3 | June 5, 2006 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I, too, love the new disclaimer! Bad enough to read celebrity blog if you don't care but to post to tell us so is a little mental.

Although, I don't care much for Britney's music. I do hope she doesn't end up like Whitney Houston. That has to be the worst case of talent gone down the toilet ever not even to mention what that has done to the kids.

Posted by: Dlyn | June 5, 2006 1:06 PM | Report abuse

i really like the post's disclaimer!! it's hilarious yet very professional...ahhh...the juxtaposition of the tragedies in today's world with addictive celebrity news.

Posted by: love the disclaimer | June 5, 2006 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Kevin is an embarassment and Britney can only make life better for herself, Sean Preseton and unborn spawn of Federline by signing those divorce papers fast. She made a mistake by marrying him in a vulnerable time of her life after ending the relationship with Timberlake.

Posted by: Linus | June 5, 2006 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's hasty to feel sorry for Britney -- one would hope that she was aware K-Fed wasn't willing or asked to marry the mother of his other (known) children, and that it was unlikely her union with him would be any more stable. I personally think she was simply using him as a donor, and if the marriage worked out, too, then that was just icing.

Posted by: just in time | June 5, 2006 1:38 PM | Report abuse

She won't end up like Whitney -- Britney has NO talent. Whitney had it and was great.

Posted by: dlc | June 5, 2006 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"What do you expect from white trash?!"
Posted by: washtiger|June 5, 2006 12:15 PM

that's "RICH white trash" to you all.

(OK. maybe not for long considering their careers may not last...)

Posted by: neverbeenahasbeen | June 5, 2006 2:31 PM | Report abuse

"She won't end up like Whitney -- Britney has NO talent. Whitney had it and was great."

That is true but I still hate to see any woman get a wasted life because of boy who won't grow and end up being a junkie just to cope with him.

Posted by: dlyn | June 5, 2006 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Hetrosexual celebrities and their horrible unions, bad examples, and worse parenting make a mockery of marriage and are a threat to marriage as an institution. There should be a constitutional amendment banning celebrity marriage, or even celebrity union. They should not be allowed to have children or adopt. We must protect the sanctity of the marriage of one non-celebrity and another non-celebrity!

Posted by: I M Moralist | June 5, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"I still hate to see any woman get a wasted life because a boy won't grow and end up being a junkie just to cope with him."

Yes, it is rather unfortunate Britney was somehow tricked into having a romantic affair with a man who had a child on the way with another woman, then marrying him despite all the forshadowing of failure. It was also disheartening to see how another man tricked her into auditioning for one the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" ads by getting married after an all night drinking binge. And, of course, it was damn tricky of Justin Timberlake to trick her into cheating on him, thus inspiring his hit song "Cry Me a River" and launching his solo career and stable relationship with Cameron Diaz. Poor Britney. So many men are tricking her into making a fool of herself.

Yes, poor Britney.

Posted by: ant | June 5, 2006 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I understand Britney and Courtney Love are considering opening a daycare center and do a DVD with childcare and marriage advice. Courtney might add a line of cometics and Britney a post partum weight loss program.

Posted by: Marko | June 5, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse

how does that song go?: I don't know, and I don't care....
I does not surprise me, it looked to me, by the reports, that Britney is the one who rushed into the marriage. It just didn't look like a well thought, happy marriage. She seemed desperate to get married, not even wanting to get a pren-up with all the money she made, just by looking at the events before the marriage to this guy. I think she knew she was taking a charity case, and wanted to look good on TV. I, as a guy, was willing to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, he after all got married to a hot chick, but it's still marriage. After all the hoopla, the guy had to realize that he is married. It looks more to me like he is in it for the money. What makes me cringe is the fact that if they get divorced, he is going to get $360,000 a year. That is almost what the president makes, and almost triple of what one of the doctors I work for makes. Plus, he gets to keep of the "toys." This guy really hit the jackpot, he is the definition of lucky! And you know what? If they get divorced, he is not going to get blamed a bit. The press will say it was her fault, for not wanting to "listen." I know it will sound bad, but I will say that she had it coming.

Posted by: AEBH | June 5, 2006 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@I M Moralist

Actually, I'd expand on your idea. The Constitution should be changed to define marriage as "a union between two people known SEPERATELY by BOTH first and last names".

That would protect us both from celeb+non-celeb and celeb+celeb (a la BRANGELINA).

Posted by: Bigger Moralist | June 5, 2006 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I see Britney's marriage as more of a problem of youth and naivete than celebrity. She ended up married to this snake because she thought sex outside of marriage was bad (doesn't mean she didn't do it), she was desperate for love, and she didn't know she could do better than him if she was patient. Now she must be absolutely miserable, watching her career go down the drain, coming to terms with what a snake her husband is, and overwhelmed with the new baby and another on the way. Anybody who can't muster up a little sympathy for her is heartless or inexperienced.

Posted by: SAM I am | June 5, 2006 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm exciting about Brittany's break-up. Let's face it, the girls has a bad case of "love me daddy", and Kevin Federline was nearbye and exciting for the young girl.

But like a lot of girls her age, she doesn't get until it's too late that good looks only last the first few months of marriage.

I mean, her life is like that drama that 50% of all girls in America live on a daily basis. Moreover as soon as she drops the loser, she will work out like a demon and get those rock-hard abs again.

I predict a tour with some of the raunchiest dancing that we've seen from the youngster.

And I will care more than ever!

Posted by: Brad | June 6, 2006 3:59 AM | Report abuse

"There should be a constitutional amendment banning celebrity marriage, or even celebrity union."

Hallelujah! At last, a political horse I can get on and ride!

Posted by: KiKi | June 6, 2006 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Well we see the toll nympho behavior has on society; Britney Spears and Kevin Whoever are perfect examples of that. Maybe more women should not have Sex on the first date and marry someone they've known for more than 3 days. Kevin is obviously a slick talker he talked himself into those Britney(ever expanding)Spears Panties, into 4 different cars, two babies(of which he will also get about 300,000 apiece for helping create in event of a divorce), a mansion, millions of dollars spent on wasted music recording/studio, globe trotting around the world...

So he isn't Stupid but boy is Britney Spears. :) By the way I wonder if he'll be relieved to not have to smell Britney's smelly feet and cheeto breath among other smelly things on her whale body; what kind of man puts up with that?

Posted by: Karisa | August 31, 2006 2:20 AM | Report abuse

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