Federline responded to an article the outlet published over the weekend via his Instagram stories, calling the report “false” and “repulsive,” per People.
“[The] lies and attempts to exploit minors is click bait and another repulsive example of where, unfortunately, certain journalism has sunk today,” Federline wrote. He and Spears were married from 2004 until 2007 and share two teenage sons, Sean Preston, 17, and Jayden James, 16.
The Daily Mail article quotes Federline telling writer Daphne Barak that he was worried about his ex using drugs. “I fear she’s on meth — I’ve been praying someone would make it public and that she wakes up. … It’s terrifying. She is the mother of my boys,” the article quotes Federline as saying. But now Federline is saying the quotes are inaccurate.
Spears also responded to the allegations via a post on her official Instagram account.
“The fact that people are claiming things that are not true is so sad … This may not even be them saying such things because it doesn’t make any sense to me for them to be saying that,” she said during a lengthy post. “… It makes me sad because I tried so hard to make things nice for you and it was never good enough. So you guys go behind my back and talk about me … it breaks my heart and the news is so low.”
“Hopefully it is just the news being hateful and Kevin nor Preston said any of those things,” Spears shared with her followers.
People also reported that Spears’s attorney sent a letter to Daily Mail demanding the publication retract the report.
“The Daily Mail, through Daphne Barak, posted a story yesterday containing numerous false and defamatory fabrications concerning my client Britney Spears that are attributed to Kevin Federline and his children, in particular regarding ‘crystal meth,’” the letter states.
“I have separately learnt that on several occasions, Ms. Barak sought to contact Britney under false pretenses, again her minor children, which is exploitative, harassing, and outrageous,” the letter says. “And moreover, Britney’s representatives were never contacted prior to the publication of the story, further demonstrating actual malice and reckless disregard for the truth.”
“Britney is indeed a public figure, but this conduct is beyond the pale and completely unacceptable. It is shoddy even by today’s standards of ‘journalism’ and the unfair scrutiny she has faced,” the letter from the attorney says in conclusion, adding that the outlet should “immediately delete and retract that false and defamatory story and conduct an internal investigation regarding this matter and the abuse of Britney and her children.”