Once upon a time, Britney Spears was a world-renowned pop icon whose increasingly crazy behavior both shocked and mesmerized her fans. And there was probably no bigger mess during those times than while she was married to Kevin Federline. While their two-year union seems like it took place eons ago, Federline’s recent gripes about child support have fans rehashing their storied relationship.
Grab some popcorn — here’s a look back at moments from Brit and K-Fed’s marriage that you likely forgot. (Page 6 is probably a moment everyone would like to forget all over again.)
The wacky proposal
Following her overnight Las Vegas marriage, Spears fell hard for former Justin Timberlake backup dancer Federline. Spears invited him to dance on her tour, at which time she injured her knee and was sidelined from performing. Without a tour to devote her time to, the pop star became inseparable with her new squeeze. After just two months of dating, Spears was the one who popped the big question. Federline allegedly said no at first. Then, he turned around a couple minutes later and asked her.
Next: A crazy decision too many couples make
Their matching tattoos
Despite only being together for a couple months, Brit and K-Fed decided to get matching tattoos to commemorate their nuptials. The young couple chose matching dice stamps — his in blue, hers in pink. (According to an internet post in 2016, Spears still has the tattoo even though she and Federline divorced several years ago.)
Next: The surprises didn’t stop at the tattoos.
The surprise wedding
Fans were already in shock over this couple getting married. Then, they really threw everyone for a loop and got hitched a month ahead of schedule. In fact, they went so far as to surprise their family and friends, inviting them to an “engagement party,” which turned out to be the two exchanging vows instead.
Next: Then, things got really weird.
The ‘reality’ series
As if their whirlwind engagement weren’t enough, the dynamic duo released the reality series Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. The five-episode chronicle followed Spears and Federline through their brief courtship to their surprise wedding. Critics widely panned the series, saying Spears was killing her career with it. But Spears herself thought it was her chance to show her true self to her fans.
Next: Then, they expanded their empire.
Spears mentioned after marrying Federline that she wanted to start having kids shortly thereafter, saying she wanted to be a young mom. They hadn’t been married for long before she was pregnant with her first son, Sean Preston. (He became tabloid famous when Spears was caught driving with him seated in her lap instead of in a child-safe seat.) The couple’s second son, Jayden James, was born a year later.
Next: Quite possibly the weirdest thing to come out of their marriage
K-Fed’s ‘music career’
During her marriage to Federline, Spears all but abandoned her music career and focused on her family — and dodging the paparazzi. But that didn’t stop her husband from putting out a record of his own. His only LP, Playing with Fire, dropped in 2006, and Spears made a cameo. Not surprisingly, critics were not fans of his rapping chops.
Next: And just like that, it was all over.
The sudden divorce
After two crazy years joined at the hip and terrorizing the world, Britney Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline. He later said he was blindsided by her decision — to be honest, he may be the only person on the planet who didn’t see it coming. What followed were a messy breakup, custody battles, and Spears’ string of meltdowns. (But that’s another story for another time.)
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