Money is no object to Britney Spears, whose megastar status has ensured that she'll never be short of a nasty wig or a bedsheet to try and hang herself with – but now Kevin Federline might have to count the pennies more carefully in the future.
Some details from the divorce settlement that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline thrashed out last week have started to emerge, and Kevin Federline doesn't seem to have done that well out of it. Far from the $19 million figure that was being bandied around just days ago, recent reports are suggesting that Britney Spears – worth $100 million – is only paying out $1 million to Kevin Federline. Although, to be fair, Britney Spears is going to need that other $99 million for herself – it takes a lot of money to look that goo… no, wait, that can't be right.
For a while there it looked like Kevin Federline owned that last laugh. Throughout his marriage to Britney Spears, Kevin Federline was much derided as a gold-digging tail-rider who was only good for impregnating women and releasing bad records, but Kevin's revenge came after his break-up with Britney Spears. While Britney entertained herself by going bald, writing 666 on her head and trying to kill herself for being the Antichrist, Federline calmly looked after their children, occasionally took the kids to visit Britney in rehab and carved out a career making bad adverts. The underlying message, it seemed, was that Kevin Federline was the responsible one – and if that didn't get him a huge divorce settlement, the way he shaved his head out of solidarity for Britney Spears would.
It seemed to be working, too – an interim custody deal was quickly worked out and just days ago it was rumoured that Britney Spears would pay Kevin Federline $19 million in divorce cash. That rumour seemed to solidify on Friday when Britney and Kevin signed their divorce settlement, but now it seems like something has gone wrong – the figure that Kevin Federline is said to have received from Britney Spears is just $1 million, one percent of what Britney Spears is worth. IOL reports:
Britney Spears' estranged husband Kevin Federline will make just $1m (€750,000) from their marriage, according to reports. The pair reached an agreement after a five-hour meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, based on a prenuptial agreement signed before they married in September 2004… The former couple also reached an agreement over custody of their two children, 18-month-old Sean Preston and six-month-old Jayden James. Spears is thought to have gained custody with Federline granted full visiting rights.
Paying Kevin Federline such a relatively small settlement won't help get Britney Spears' career back its feet, though. It's already going to be enough of an uphill struggle to make people forget that Britney once had a meltdown that involved her smashing up a car with an umbrella, but now that she's failed to pay Kevin Federline enough money for him to retire from hip-hop, people are only going to dislike her more.
But, hey, let's look on the bright side, shall we? By only allowing Kevin Federline a divorce settlement of $1 million, that leaves plenty of money for herself. Maybe now Britney Spears can do something constructive with her money and buy something to cover up her vagina for once.