Britney Files for Divorce After 2-Year Marriage


Britney Spears divorce papers. Britney Spears divorce papers.

AOL: LOS ANGELES (Nov. 7) - Pop superstar Britney Spears filed for divorce on Tuesday from dancer Kevin Federline after two years of marriage and two months after the birth of their second child.

Blond sex kitten Spears, 24, cited irreconcilable differences on her divorce petition, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and made public by celebrity Web site TMZ.com.

The date of the separation was given as Monday. Publicists for the singer referred queries to Spears' lawyer, who was not immediately available for comment.

Spears asked for sole custody of her two sons with Federline, one-year-old Sean Preston, and James Jayden, born on September 12. She asked for Federline to be given visitation rights.

Spears filed the papers after a brief appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night in which she showed off her svelte new post-pregnancy figure but gave no hint of her separation from Federline, 28.

Rumors that the marriage was rocky had been circulating for months. Spears denied she was estranged from her husband, however, saying he had helped her weather the ups and downs of her second pregnancy.

In July, The National Enquirer celebrity magazine apologized to Spears in its British edition for reporting that the pop star was ready to divorce Federline.

"We now accept that their marriage is not over and they are not getting divorced," the British National Enquirer added.

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Spears shot to fame in 1999 and has sold more than 60 million albums to become one of the best-known celebrities in the world. Federline, a dancer and aspiring rap artist, has two other children by his former girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson.

The "Baby One More Time," singer put her phenomenal recording career on hold since her surprise, secret marriage to Federline in September 2004 and the birth of their first child in September 2005.

But the couple, who live in Malibu, California, continued to make headlines wherever they went.

They chronicled their marriage in a raunchy 2005 TV reality show called "Britney & Kevin: Chaotic." The show consisted largely of home videos, including Spears filming Federline naked in a shower and Spears interviewing Federline during a night-time bus ride while she was naked.

Despite complaining of harassment from paparazzi, the "Toxic" singer announced her second pregnancy on a late-night TV chat show and posed nude for Harper's Bazaar magazine when she was six months pregnant.

A Los Angeles judge dismissed a libel suit brought by Spears accusing Us Weekly magazine of fabricating a story about a sexually explicit video the pop star and her husband made together.

In a decision made public on Monday, the judge said Spears had "put her modern sexuality squarely, and profitably, before the public eye" in a way that would make it unlikely for the magazine article to be found defamatory.

Spears' marriage to Federline was her second after a 2004 spur of the moment wedding in Las Vegas to a former high school sweetheart that was quickly annulled.

Motherhood has also brought its problems. Child welfare authorities visited her twice last spring after she was photographed driving a car with her eldest son, Sean Preston, on her lap, and after he fell from a high chair and hit his head. No charges were brought.

CNN: (CNN) -- It's over for Britney Spears and Kevin Federline.

The pop singer, known for hits such as "Oops ... I Did It Again" and "Toxic," is divorcing her husband of two years and one month. Spears and Federline, one of the singer's former backup dancers, married October 6, 2004, according to the divorce papers.

Spears filed legal papers Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."

She is asking for legal and physical custody of their two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James.

Spears did agree in the filing to let Federline have visitation rights.

The date of separation was listed as Monday.

Spears also requested that her earnings and accumulations from after the date of separation, miscellaneous jewelry and personal effects and other undisclosed assets to be declared separate property.

Spears' attorney, Laura Wasser, could not be reached for comment.

Spears, 24, married Federline after a six-month courtship in 2004. In January 2004, she had married childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada. That marriage was annulled after 55 hours.

Federline, 28, previously had a relationship with actress Shar Jackson. The union produced two children, one of whom was born two months before he married Spears. Federline recently released a rap album, "Playing With Fire."

The Spears-Federline marriage has been chronicled in detail in celebrity magazines since the pair tied the knot, with rumors of problems often surfacing.

MTV.com Britney Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline on Tuesday (November 7) in Los Angeles. The singer cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

In documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Spears checked a box that asks the court to grant her both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James (see "Britney Spears Gives Birth To A Baby Boy" and "K-Fed Explains Why He And Britney Kept Second Baby's Name Under Wraps"). She also asks that Federline get visitation rights.

(Check out photos of Britney and K-Fed from throughout their two-year marriage or share your thoughts on the divorce in You Tell Us.)

The couple, who married in September 2004, have battled public disapproval over the union since they first began dating in April of that year (see "Britney Spears Marries Kevin Federline"). At the time, Federline's ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson was pregnant with their second child, Kaleb. Even though Federline insisted that relationship was over by the time he and Spears began dating, Jackson said he cheated on her. "He cheated, he lied, he left," Jackson told MTV News (see "Shar Jackson Congratulates Britney And Kevin, Says 'I'm Not Bitter' ").

Spears responded to the criticism over her choice of a mate by covering Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" and including a cameo from Federline as her groom in the clip, as well as shooting a reality show with her beau called "Chaotic."

Federline complained to MTV News just last week that the media often portrays him as a bad husband and father. "They come out and make these statements about who I am and what I am, but not once has anybody come to me to find out," he said. "It's a fine line of the bad boy they perceive me to be. I'm a nice person, I'm respectful of others. I have had my times, my ups and downs. You do things here and there, but the whole time they're talking about the partying is so much overrated, completely. I do like to go out and hang out with my friends, but as far as the cheating, and the bad father? Be honest."

Spears made a surprise appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night but gave no indication that the split was imminent, even though she cites November 6 as the day the couple separated, according to the documents. Federline was in Toronto for a MuchMusic television appearance to promote his just-released album, Playing With Fire, while Spears was in New York.

According to the court papers, Spears asks for her property — including jewelry and earnings from and after the date of separation — to be considered separate from Federline's. She also asks that each party pay their own attorney's fees.

Federline is Spears' second husband. Her first marriage — in a quick Las Vegas ceremony in January 2004 to childhood friend Jason Alexander — lasted 55 hours before being annulled (see "Britney On Her Marriage: Vegas Made Me Do It").