Britney Spears responded to comments from her 15-year-old son, Jayden James, in an interview that recently aired in part on “60 minutes Australia.”
“Jayden, as you undermine my behavior, like my whole family always has, ‘I hope she gets better, I’ll pray for her’…Pray for what?” the superstar, 40, said in a voice memo shared via Instagram In Monday.
“I continue to work in order to be able to pay [my mother Lynne Spears’] legal fees and her house,” continued Britney, who then suggested that Jayden’s “hateful” remarks were rooted in fear that her financial obligations would soon end.
Jayden turns 16 on September 12, while his older brother, Sean Preston, turns 17 on September 14. Britney shares the two teenagers with ex-husband Kevin Federline, who also appeared on the ’60 Minutes Australia’ interview.
“Do you want me to heal so I can keep giving your dad $40,000 a month?” said the “Toxic” singer, acknowledging her current contributions. “Or is the reasoning behind you guys deciding to be hateful because it’s actually over in two years and you’re not getting anything?”
Jayden told famed interviewer Daphne Barak that he and Preston – who skipped her June nuptials with husband Sam Asghari – no longer spend time with their mother, but hope to reunite with her in the future when she”[gets] mentally better.
Britney told Jayden via Instagram that she needed “unconditional love and support” from her family, not derogatory comments about her mental state.
“It saddens me that none of you liked me as a person,” she said. “You have witnessed what my family has been to me and that’s all you know. As I said, I sense that you all secretly like to say that something is wrong with me.
The Grammy winner also detailed her recollection of a conversation she had with Jayden before he and Preston decided to stop visiting her.
” I will say it. I sat in that kitchen and looked you straight in the eye, pretty boy, and I said, ‘How come I can’t see you guys anymore? Or just see you guys more? I look forward to seeing you every week,” she said. “You said, ‘Mom, oh, that’s going to change.'”
Britney explained, “You and your brother left me in this house always two hours early. Preston would sleep. You played the piano all the time. And if I didn’t give you presents, cook amazing food, and play a goddamn king, it still wasn’t good enough.
The pop icon seemed to blame her father, Jamie Spears, for her current dynamic with Jayden and Sean. Jamie, 70, implemented guardianship of almost 14 years who controlled the life of his famous daughter before its termination in November 2021.
“Honestly, my dad needs to be in jail for the rest of his life,” Britney said, a sentiment she once shared.
Jayden defended Jamie in the ’60 Minutes Australia’ interview, insisting he had Britney’s best interests in mind when working out the restrictive legal arrangement.
It should be noted that Jamie was hit with a three-year restraining order for domestic violence in 2019 after an alleged incident with Preston, preventing him from having contact with his grandsons. Additionally, when Jayden spoke during an Instagram Live session in March 2020, he called out his grandfather. “a pretty big jerk” who “can go and die”.
Britney concluded her Monday post by saying his family’s inaction to end his guardianship — and the four-month stay in a mental health facility against her will — ended her belief in a higher power.
“God wouldn’t allow this to happen to me if a God existed,” she said. “I no longer believe in God because of the way my children and family treated me. There is nothing more to believe. I am an atheist, all of you.