Britney Spears reaches divorce settlement

A week after emerging from a rehab center, pop star Britney Spears has reached a divorce settlement with her husband, former backup dancer Kevin Federline, a spokesman for his attorney said Friday.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

But a statement issued by Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline's lawyer, said, "The parties signed an agreement which was a global settlement on all issues of their marriage and child custody."

The couple have two sons together, 18-month-old Sean Preston and 6-month-old Jayden James.

Celebrity Web site TMZ.com quoted unnamed sources as saying that Federline, who has tried to launch a new career as a singer, will receive $1 million as part of the settlement and that the couple agreed to joint custody of their boys.

A source close to the couple told Reuters the $1 million figure was inaccurate but declined to say how much it really was.

The agreement, which is subject to final approval of a judge, was signed after a five-hour meeting between the couple and their lawyers Thursday in Los Angeles, Sands said.

Sands said a breakthrough in the talks came after Federline, 29, stepped away to smoke a cigarette and Spears followed him outside. They had a 15-minute private conversation, then returned to the negotiating table, he said.

Spears, 25, who left a rehabilitation center last week after a month of treatment for undisclosed issues, filed for divorce from Federline in November.

The two married in September 2004, just eight months after she had wed a former high school sweetheart in Las Vegas in a spur-of-the-moment union that was quickly annulled.

Since her split last year from Federline, who has two children by a former girlfriend, Spears has made headlines for increasingly erratic behavior.

She checked into the Malibu treatment center on February 21 after shaving off her hair at a Los Angeles beauty salon.

The exact reasons for entering rehab were not made clear, but she was photographed making her way to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings outside the center during her stay there.

According to TMZ.com, Spears returned to the Hollywood club scene Thursday night after her settlement with Federline, paying a 30-minute visit to the Bridge Restaurant and Lounge.

Spears' singing career has remained virtually dormant since her marriage to Federline. She shot to fame as a teenager in 1999 and sold an estimated 70 million records. Her last album of new material, "In the Zone," was released in 2003.

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I believe this story would go under "the firefly factor" - that being that NOONE CARES!
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Yippee Doodle -- Britney has ruined enough people's lives -- wish she would just keep hers to herself. My stepdaughter follows her every action - INCLUDING the boob job. YIKES.
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how's this TV news??
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Does anybody really care about this anymore?
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this is as boring as anna nicole smith news
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I say that maybe she can go away i am so sick of hearing about her drama
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Notes on a scandal…March, 2007 MAKE NO PROMISES BRITNEY… According to the Daily Dish, Britney Spears had a visit from her two young sons at the Promises Residential Treatment Center recently. Promises is an up-scale treatment facility with locations in Malibu, (located on a cliff overlooking the ocean at Big Rock Beach) and West Los Angeles (nestled on lush grounds between Marina Del Ray and Santa Monica.)

The pop star checked into the center to deal with substance abuse issues. Her estranged husband Kevin Federline brought the children, Sean, 17 months, and Jayden, 6 months, to visit their mother who has been troubled of late and recently appearing to push the borders of sanity after an impetuous weekend that culminated in her completely shaving her long golden tresses – an act traditionally held as a classic sign of one who is more than a little mad.

Fashion Monitor Toronto reported that Britney feels she doesn’t need rehabilitation because she is suffering from postpartum depression. The article states that Britney, who has been in rehab for the past two weeks and change, is furious with her friends and family for making her seek counselling. Defending herself against the speculation that she has an alcohol and substance abuse problem, she claims that her recent digressions from acting in good taste (muff flashing etc.) were a result of the disorder typical of some new mothers. She felt ambushed by her manager and family for pressuring her to enter the program.

Meanwhile, stellar husband Kevin Federline, who turns 29 this month, is busy finding ways to support his young sons without depending on his ex-wife. In recent weeks he has been pitching a reality television concept on his life as a single father and is inviting his fans to join him for his double birthday celebrations in Los Angeles and Las Vegas by offering VIP tickets to both parties schedule for March 21st and 24th. Sounds like a deal. Former young Mousketeer Britney is now the young disillusioned 25-year-old pop princess who married her prince only to find she was living with a toad; And, according to all reports, a real horny one at that. Unfortunately, the couple’s two young sons make any thoughts of a clean break for either partner unfeasible. By all reports, it is estranged husband Kevin Federline who has the upper hand in the custody issues. It’s been reported recently that even the pop star’s mother is leaning on the side of Federline and against her daughter on this one. If that doesn’t push her over the edge - she may just make it.

The amount of support from all over as Britney battles her demons is truly amazing. In another era, her behaviour may have landed her far from the peaceful serenity of a Promises. NO PROMISES FOR FRANCIS FARMER

Glance backwards to the late thirties and real star and Hollywood glamour girl Francis Farmer aka, The Bad Girl from West Seattle. Her career kicked off with a meteoric rise amid much adulation and comparisons to Greta Garbo. Her ethereal beauty and unique style on-screen promised her a solid future in the entertainment industry. Always known for her independent nature, Francis had a hard time not speaking out about the injustices she felt she incurred as a result of the Hollywood-system which determined to control every facet of her life. She often rebelled and was considered temperamental for refusing to allow the studio to dictate her private life. She became dependant on Benzedrine (which was freely dispensed by the studio to control weight and help with long shooting schedules) and eventually, the combination of the drug with a growing addiction to alcohol landed her in trouble with the law for numerous driving infractions and charges of assault. The New York Daily News reported on January 14, 1943, that Francis was sentenced to 6 months in jail for parole violation. Before sentencing, the judge had questioned her recent behaviour, asking pointedly about her alcohol consumption and routinely driving an automobile while under the influence. When questioned about her drinking, Francis replied, “Listen, I put liquor in my milk, I put liquor in my coffee and in my orange juice. What do you want me to do, starve to death?” When asked if she had driven a car while on probation she had this to say, “No I haven’t - but only because I couldn’t get my hands on one!” Upon sentencing her to six months, Francis proceeded to slam a right to the jaw of a cop and hit a matron resulting in her being dragged off to a cell kicking and screaming.

Farmer was immediately transferred to the psychiatric ward of L.A. General Hospital and diagnosed with manic depressive psychosis. It would be the first of many hospital incarcerations and assorted diagnoses as well. With each, the details would become more horrifying; Insulin shock therapy, electro-convulsive shock therapy, beatings, rapes, freezing baths - all at the hands of attendants in institutions that were the norm at the time for anyone considered not able to look after their own lives. There is some debate over whether or not Francis had a lobotomy while institutionalized. Nonetheless, five years later, when she finally had her competency and full civil rights legally restored, there was no doubt that her light had faded and her spirit had been broken. Appearing years later on This is Your Life - when asked about her alcoholism and mental illness, Francis remarked, “If a person is treated like a patient, they are apt to act like one.” It appears Britney would concur. Devorah Macdonald

Vancouver BC Canada
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