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Kevin Earl Federline (born March
21, 1978) is an American dancer, rapper, fashion model, and actor. Previously
engaged to actress Shar Jackson, Federline is well known for his two-year
marriage to pop singer Britney Spears. The couple's divorce was highly
publicized and was followed by an ongoing legal battle for the custody of their
two sons, Sean Preston Federline and Jayden James Federline.
Birth name Kevin Earl Federline
Born March 21, 1978 (1978-03-21)
Fresno, California, U.S.
Origin Los Angeles, California
Occupations Actor, dancer, rapper,
Years active 2005–present
Labels Federation Records, under
exclusive license to Reincarnate Music
Associated acts Britney Spears, Ya
Federline was born to parents Mike,
a car mechanic, and Julie, a former bank teller from Oregon; the name Federline
is of German origin. Federline has one brother, Chris. His parents divorced when
he was eight years old. When Federline was eleven, he and Chris moved back to
his father's Fresno house. Federline dropped out of high school in the ninth
grade and soon started dancing with a nonprofit organization called Dance
Empowerment. Federline later earned a GED.
Federline was a backup dancer for a
number of years for Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child, Pink,
Federline initially released two
singles, "Y'all Ain't Ready" and "PopoZão," shortly after his marriage to
Spears. Following poor critical reaction, neither song was included on his debut
album. Instead, the first official single was "Lose Control," which he
premiered on the Teen Choice Awards show on the Fox network in late summer
2006. He released his debut album, Playing with Fire, on October 31, 2006,
which became one of the worst-received albums in recent music history, receiving
the lowest score in an overwhelming majority of reviews as well as lackluster
Federline has been signed to model
for the Five Star Vintage line by the San Francisco-based Blue Marlin clothing
company. The initial series of ads ran in August 2006 and was subsequently
extended for Christmas 2006. The line he modeled for the fall 2006 was the
top-selling line in Macy's, Kitson in Los Angeles, and Lord & Taylor.
Federline co-starred with Spears on
the 2005 reality television show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, which consisted of
home videos shot by the couple. He also appeared in the 2004 movie You Got
Served. Federline subsequently guest-starred as a street hoodlum in an episode
of CSI that aired on October 12, 2006, in the USA and Canada. He also
guest-starred on the NBC show 1 vs. 100, along with the cast of Las Vegas, in
the episode "Delinda's Box".
Federline was featured in a
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company commercial during Super Bowl XLI on February
4, 2007, as part of its "Life Comes at You Fast" ad series. In the commercial,
Federline initially appeared in a music video, rapping about living a
high-flying lifestyle. Then reality sets in as Federline is shown now working in
a fast-food restaurant with his manager yelling at him, the punchline of the ad
being "Life comes at you fast."
Federline guest-starred during
several episodes and was subsequently added as a regular on the television
series One Tree Hill on The CW. However, he did not appear on the show again
after his guest slot.
Federline appeared on the seventh
season of the weight-loss reality television show Celebrity Fit Club.
Federline plays a border guard in
the 2009 film American Pie Presents: The Book of Love.
Federline appeared on WWE
programming to promote his album, Playing with Fire, and participate in an
angle. He first appeared on the October 16, 2006, and October 23, 2006, editions
of WWE Raw, in which he got into physical altercations with WWE Champion John
Cena. The following week, he came to the ring to aid Johnny Nitro in his match
against John Cena. After Cena got in Federline's face, Federline slapped him
hard. He appeared again during the November 5, 2006, pay-per-view event Cyber
Sunday, hitting Cena with King Booker's World Heavyweight Championship belt and
helping Booker win the Champion of Champions match that was organized between
Cena, Booker, and Big Show. The next night, November 6, 2006, he challenged Cena
to a match at the New Year's Day edition of Raw, which Cena accepted. He went on
to win this no-disqualification match thanks to interference from Johnny Nitro
and Umaga. Later in the night, after John Cena's main event match, Cena went
after Federline and brought him into the ring and delivered his FU finishing
move twice before cameras stopped rolling.
According to the Wrestling Observer
Newsletter, Federline was well received backstage. Sources say he worked so well
with the company and personnel that the WWE may give him a regular role on the
company's show Raw in the near future. Other sources and wrestlers have
spoken about Federline's generally good attitude backstage as well.
Federline was in a relationship
with actress Shar Jackson. The couple have a daughter, Kori Madison Federline
(born July 31, 2002), and a son, Kaleb Michael Jackson Federline (born July 20,
2004). Federline and Jackson separated shortly before the birth of their
second child; during this time, Federline began dating pop singer Britney
Spears. Jackson later commented that Federline's relationship with Spears
"wasn't like just breaking up a relationship. It was like breaking up a
family." Despite this statement, Jackson has sustained an amicable
relationship with Federline. On January 12, 2007, Jackson stated, "He's a great
dad, and if you said his name right now, Kori would go crazy. That's the love of
In July 2004, Federline and Spears
announced their engagement after three months of dating. The couple was married
on September 18, 2004, in a nondenominational ceremony at a residence in Studio
City, California, filing legal papers on October 6. The couple had their
first son, Sean Preston Federline, on September 14, 2005. Just two days
before Sean's first birthday, the couple had a second son, Jayden James
Federline, who was born on September 12, 2006 in Los Angeles.
Spears filed for divorce from
Federline on November 7, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for both
physical and legal custody of their two children, with visitation rights for
Federline. The following day, Federline filed a response to Spears's divorce
petition, seeking physical and legal custody of their children. According to
a representative for Federline's lawyer, the divorce filing "caught Kevin
totally by surprise." The couple reached a global settlement agreement in
March 2007 and their divorce was finalized on July 30. Federline
maintains a relationship with Spears's parents for the benefit of their
children, and Spears's family have been photographed in and out of his home and
babysitting the boys while Kevin was out of town.
On October 1, 2007, a court ruling
granted Federline sole physical custody of his children, with legal custody to
be decided. On the late evening of January 3, 2008, police were called to
Spears's home after the singer reportedly refused to relinquish custody of her
children to Federline and locked herself in a room with her younger son,
Jayden. Spears was taken from her home on a stretcher and hospitalized at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for appearing to be under the influence of an
unknown substance. As a result of this, Federline was "awarded sole legal
custody and sole physical custody of the minor children."
On July 26, 2008, court papers were
filed stating Federline would retain sole legal and physical custody of the
children while Spears would get visitation rights that would increase over time.
In addition to this, Federline will receive $20,000 per month from Spears in
child support as well as additional funds to cover any custody-related legal
As of 2008 he was linked to former
volleyball player Victoria Prince. The two were on the same recreational bowling
team, the Party Animals. The couple welcomed a daughter named Jordan Kay on
August 15, 2011. It is Federline's fifth and Prince's first child.
In November 2011, on a weight loss
show in Australia called Excess Baggage, Federline was hospitalized for what was
called "heat stress". Filming was taking place in November which is the hottest
time of the year in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia.
On 23 January 2012, he suffered
chest pains while filming the show.
Year Album US US Heat
2006 Playing with Fire 151 2
Year Single Album
2006 "PopoZão" Playing with Fire
2006 "Lose Control" Playing with
2006 "Privilege" Playing with Fire
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8.^ Nationwide Commercial -
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BECOME ONE TREE HILL REGULAR
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Dancer-Family Man People: April 28, 2004
15.^ Shar Jackson Defends Kevin's
Parenting Skills People.com
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2004). "Pop Star Marries Dancer Kevin Federline In Quiet Private Ceremony".
17.^ "The Smoking Gun" editors
(November 8, 2006). "Britney Spears's "Faux" Wedding". thesmokinggun.com.
Retrieved June 12, 2011.
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Borzillo-Vrenna (November 10, 2006). "Britney Spears Heading to Miami". People.
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2007). "Britney Spears, K-Fed Settle Divorce". TIME.com. http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1605398,00.html.
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"Britney, Kevin Back to Being Single". E! News. http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=7d62035a-bdfa-4b47-aca8-937826e95306.
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Hospitalized for 'An Evaluation'; People; January 4, 2008
28.^ TMZ staff (26 July 2008).
"Britney Settlement Papers: Blow by Blow". twz.com. http://www.tmz.com/2008/07/25/britney-settlement-papers-blow-by-blow/.
29.^ Brit's Replacement: Twice the
Size, Half the Crazy TMZ.com, December 18, 2008
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and Liz. "Kevin Federline Hospitalized While Filming Weight-Loss Show in
Australia". People Magazine. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20552367,00.html.
32.^ K-Fed heart attack ruled out,
The Age, January 24, 2012.
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