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Britney files for divorce


Pop princess Britney Spears is divorcing aspiring rapper Kevin Federline after two years of marriage.

The 24-year-old singer, who gave birth to the couple's second son just two months ago, cited irreconcilable differences in court documents revealing the split.

They were filed on Monday, the same day Britney made a surprise appearance on David Letterman's Late Show, flaunting a slimmed-down post-baby figure and a sleek new bobbed haircut.

The Baby One More Time singer wants custody of both the couple's children, Sean Preston, one, and two-month-old Jayden James, with Federline getting visitation rights.

He has two other young children from a previous relationship, with Shar Jackson.

Britney waived her right to spousal support and asked that each party pay their own legal fees.

She also listed assets including "miscellaneous jewellery and other personal effects", her earnings from after the separation date, and other assets to be determined later, as separate property - and thereby off-limits to Federline, 28.

The couple have repeatedly denied their marriage was on the rocks in the face of constant media speculation during the past year.

But in September the dancer and rapper, whose musical efforts have been widely panned, admitted it was hard work living in his superstar wife's shadow.

"I would be lying if I didn't say it was tough," he told chat show host Ellen Degeneres.

"I think the expectation is real high for me. You know, it's like you see my wife, here she is this huge superstar, everybody loves her, all of her music is just hits after hits and it's hard to compete."

Last Friday he again dismissed rumours of trouble between the two, telling People magazine: "I don't waste any energy thinking about these things. I don't get caught up in it."

Yet although both he and Britney were in New York at the weekend, she did not appear at any of the events promoting her husband's debut album, Playing With Fire.

The singer, who became a massive star at the age of 16 when her debut single and album went platinum and has since sold more than 60 million albums, already has one failed marriage behind her.

In January 2004 she wed childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas, wearing a baseball cap and torn jeans. The marriage was annulled after 55 hours.

Months later that year she met Federline in a nightclub and in September 2004 the pair tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in Studio City, California - although the divorce documents show they were not officially married until October.

The couple went on to star in a reality TV show called Britney And Kevin: Chaotic, which documented their life together.

In June Britney was pilloried in the media after going on TV to deny her marriage was in trouble.

Sporting a tight low-cut pink top and tiny denim mini skirt, messy hair and clumped mascara, the heavily pregnant star tearfully insisted her relationship with "amazing" Federline was "awesome".

She also defended her parenting skills, following an outcry in February when she was snapped driving with baby Sean Preston on her lap.

The court papers, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court were obtained by showbiz news website Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, said he had no comment.

8th November 2006, 13:24
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