Britney Spears said she was saddened to hear her son Jayden express her disappointment at how she “struggled” as a mother.
“It saddens me deeply to know [Jayden’s] outcry that I didn’t live up to her expectations of a mother…and maybe one day we can meet face to face and talk about it openly!!!!” Spears wrote in a long Instagram post late Thursday.
Jayden, 15, opened up about his feelings towards his mother in an interview with filmmaker Daphne Barak which was teased in a Daily Mail article early in the day.
“I think mum struggled to both give us attention and show us equal love, I don’t think she showed Preston enough, and I feel really bad for that.” , he began, referring to his 16-year-old brother.
“We’ve both been under so much pressure in the past that this is now our safe place, to process all the emotional trauma that we’ve been through to heal, to heal our mental state.”
Jayden, who spoke for himself and his brother, spoke of the difficulty of having a mother constantly in the spotlight, but said he believed their relationship with Spears was fixable.
“It’s just going to take a lot of time and effort,” he said, according to Barak’s account. “I just want her to get better mentally. When she gets better, I really want to see her again.
He then addressed Spears directly, sharing how much he loves her.
“I love you very much. I hope the best for you,” Jayden said in a call to her mother. “Maybe one day we can sit like this and talk again.”
Spears responded lovingly to her boys in her Instagram post, but also reversed some of their statements and their father.
“Finally at 40 without the restraints of what my family did to me…I’m telling my son Jayden I’m sending you all the love in the world everyday for the rest of my life!!!! ” wrote the Grammy winner, referring to her freedom from guardianship 13 years this had control over personal, medical and financial decisions. “My love for my children has no boundaries.”
She also appealed directly to Preston in the post, sending her love to him as well.
However, Spears took particular offense to Jayden’s comment about her sanity and her defense of her father, Jamie Spears, who controlled her controversial conservatorship before. his suspension.
“As far as my sanity is concerned… my dear child, understand that you must learn to pick up a book and read one before you even think of my cherished intellect!!!” she wrote, noting that she was “able to do 4 tours, judge X Factor and WAAAY more” despite Jamie, 70, claiming she had dementia when he placed it under the legal regime.
Jayden even said his grandfather Jamie didn’t deserve the hate he was getting.
“I love him with all my heart”, the teenager, who barely two years ago told Jamie to “go die”, said in the new interview. “He was just trying to be a father.”
Spears blasted her son’s remarks in her Instagram post.
“Psss if you can honestly sit down and say with your brilliant, sane mind what Memaw and Paw Paw did to me that was fine and call them not bad people… so yeah I failed as a mother and i hope this is a conversation for you and your dad to sit face to face and try to learn WHAT IS GOOD,” she wrote.
The pop star also blamed the boys’ father for not having a job and “smoking weed every day” and called him a “hypocrite”.
“It’s horrible to see your dad being a hypocrite and saying the media is horrible when he makes you talk about personal things with them!!!” she wrote. “If you could pause for a second, remember where you came from!!! I hope you can look in the mirror and remember… you are my child and always will be!!!!”
She also wrote that Federline, 44, ‘hasn’t had a job for 15 years’ while collecting child support, adding: ‘Tell your dad to go try and mow the lawn at least ‘, which Asghari, 28, joked. in the comments section, “mow the lawn > professional baby daddy.”
Spears and Federline married in October 2004 and divorced in July 2007 after having Preston and Jayden. Federline has primary custody of the boys.