In an interview with The Daily Mail that will air on ITV Friday, Jayden James, 15, explains how he and brother Sean Preston, 16, came to the decision not to attend their mom’s wedding in June.
“At the time it just wasn’t a good time to go. I’m not saying that I’m not happy for her,” says Jayden, who appears in the interview with his father, Kevin Federline.
“I’m really happy for them, but she didn’t invite the whole family, and then if it was just going to be me and Preston, I just don’t see how that situation would have ended on good terms.”
Britney Spears/Instagram (2) Britney Spears and Sam Asghari; Britney Spears with sons Preston and Jayden
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Jayden also spoke about the contention between the pop star and her family, particularly with her father.
“At first he was just trying to be like any father, letting [his] daughter pursue her dream of becoming a superstar, but I did think maybe the conservatorship went on too long. Probably why my mom was very angry about the whole situation that she was working for too long — I personally think she was. She should have taken a break and relaxed,” he says.
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Jayden then goes on to say that his grandfather “doesn’t deserve all the hatred he is getting,” and that despite Britney’s claims, he doesn’t find the extended Spears family to be “manipulative.”
“They are not bad people. They know what we are going through now. They want our future to be what we want it to be,” Jayden says. “They just want to watch over us. Memaw and Uncle Bryan are a good part of our lives. They have taught me how to deal with things.”
Britney Spears and her sons
Hours after the interview was published, Britney replied in a statement on her Instagram, where she sent her son “all the love in the world to you every day for the rest of my life !!!!”
“My love for my children has no boundaries and it deeply saddens me to know his outcry of saying I wasn’t up to his expectations of a mother … and maybe one day we can meet face to face and talk about this openly !!!!”
Going on to explain how hard she worked and what she endured to give her children all they have, Britney added, “It’s horrible to see your dad be a hypocrite and say the media is horrible yet has you talking about personal matters to them !!!”
Britney then urged her son to “look in the mirror and remember … you are my child and always will be !!!!”
“Keep playing your gift on the piano … you and your brother both are brilliant and I’m so proud to call you both mine,” the pop star added before noting her sons don’t understand her feelings around her mental health and conservatorship.
Adding that if her son couldn’t agree with what she claims her family put her through via the conservatorship, the pop star concluded, “then yes, I have failed as a mother.”
The day before Spears’ June 10 wedding to Asghari, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline’s longtime attorney, confirmed to PEOPLE that the boys would not be present for the wedding.
“They’re happy for their mom and they are hopeful that Sam and Britney are starting a great future together,” he says. “It’s their night and they didn’t want to take away from them.”
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