Britney Spears' Sons Are Staying with Dad Kevin Federline While She Receives Help: Source
While Britney Spears seeks treatment at an all-encompassing wellness facility during a difficult time, her sons are staying with their dad Kevin Federline, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
“Britney and Kevin always had their issues, but he is good with the boys,” says the source. “They’re staying with Kevin right now so they can keep their regular schedules.”
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Spears’ ex-husband, 41, offered a message of support to the singer, with whom he shares two sons, Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden James, 12. The exes finalized their divorce in 2007 after nearly three years of marriage.
“Kevin commends Britney for recognizing that she needs to take a step back and that she is taking reasonable steps to dealing with her situation in a responsible way,” Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told ET. “He wishes everyone well.”
Earlier this week, the superstar, 37, posted a photo of a quote reading: “Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit.” She captioned the post, “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’ :)”
An insider previously confirmed Spears recently checked into a facility for “all-encompassing wellness treatment,” while another source close to the family explained that the singer “just needed to focus on herself” as she cares for her father Jamie following his life-threatening colon rupture.
“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” said the family source. “He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well. They’re so close and it has been a lot. There is nothing dramatic going on with her — she just realized she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”
While gearing up for a return to the Las Vegas strip with her show Domination after taking wildly successful Vegas show Britney: Piece of Me on tour over the summer, Spears, 37, announced that she was taking an indefinite break from work in January to support her father.
“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” Spears wrote in an emotional tweet, posting an old photo of her posing with both her parents, Jamie, 66, and Lynne, 63. “I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart.”
“However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make,” she elaborated in a follow-up tweet. “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him.”
Earlier in March, a source told PEOPLE that Spears was “continuing to focus on her family” as Jamie underwent a second surgery in hopes of fully repairing his colon.
In 2008, a Los Angeles court named Jamie permanent conservator of Spears’ affairs. He was also named permanent co-conservator of her estate, along with an attorney, Andrew Wallet.