The 15-year-old in an interview spoke for the first time about the difficult relationship with his mother, "I just want her to get better mentally. When she gets better, I really want to see her again." The pop star responded with a post on Instagram with which she sends her son lots of love but also throws a few barbs.
Last June, at Britney Spears' wedding to Sam Asghari, sons Jayden James, 15, and Sean Preston, 16, were not there. Dad Kevin Federline had explained the reason last August: "They refuse to see their mother. It's been months since they last saw her." A version now confirmed by 15-year-old Jayden, who interviewed by documentary filmmaker Daphne Barak for a program that the British network ITV will broadcast next Friday (and of which the Daily Mail has released a preview) said, "I'm really happy for them. But Mom had not invited the whole family. It was just going to be me and Preston. It was definitely not a good situation." Indeed, the 40-year-old Spears has cut ties with everyone: with her father Jamie, her legal guardian for 13 years (until November 2021) but also with her mother Lynne Spears and brothers Jamie Lynn and Bryan. Until a few months ago, relations with the children-whose father Kevin Federline was granted custody after Britney's past mental breakdowns-seemed good. So much so that in March 2021 the pop star had posted a photo with Preston and Jayden on Instagram, writing, "They are two really sweet and kind boys. Something right I must have done."
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Everything has changed since then. So much so that the two boys have not seen their mother in months. "There's no hate," Jayden explained to ITV. But "it will take a lot of time and effort" to repair their relationship. "I just want her to get better mentally. When she gets better, I really want to see her again." Britney Spears seems to have the most turbulent relationship with her oldest son. "I think mom struggled to give us attention and show us equal love," Jayden explained. "I don't think she showed Preston enough, and I feel really bad about that. Mom always treated me better than he did." The 15-year-old also stated that he and his brother are not at all happy with how their mother handles her social media. More than the nude photos, it is the fact that she has shared their pictures that bothers them. Especially Preston, who, says Jayden, "doesn't like to appear at all. He asked my mother not to post his photos, and she did it anyway. So it's not good. "At the end of the interview, Jayden addresses his mother directly, "I love you very much, I hope the best for you. Maybe someday we can sit down and talk again."
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Britney responded to her son's words with a lengthy post on Instagram, "Sending you all the love in the world, today as for the rest of my life. The love I have for my children has no boundaries and I am saddened to read that I have not lived up to your expectations as a mother," the pop star wrote. Who in her writing throws several barbs. First, she lashes out at Federline, the boys' "hypocritical" father who says he wants to protect them from the media and then makes them talk about such private and sensitive things on TV. Then he also pulls his son's ears: "Before you talk about my mental health get a book and read it and tell your father to at least try to mow the lawn," reads one passage. And again, "I helped your father who hasn't had a job for 15 years. I guess it is easier for you to live with someone who does not check if you are doing your homework. I'm sure the standards of your father smoking pot every day benefits your life." After the harsh outburst, the pop star's tones softened: "Remember where you came from, I hope one day you can look in the mirror and remember that you are my children and will be forever. Since Preston has not spoken I send him all my love, I just want to see you face to face. You are brilliant, you Jayden keep playing because you have a gift on the piano. I am proud to be able to call you my children."