Britney Spears is a person who everyone knows for her beautiful looks, her huge catalog of hits, and of course her rock star moves on the dance floor. After all, there are many reasons why Britney is a household name. She’s been at the top of her game for more than two decades now. And while there are plenty of reasons why everyone loves Britney, there are two people who love her more than anything else in this world: her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
While there’s no doubt that Britney has had a roller coaster of a life these last several years, it’s her family life at home that has given her the most stability. Say what you will about Britney, her style, and her music, but if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that she’s a mom who loves her kids. She also loves everything that has to do with motherhood, as it’s the most important role in her life.
With that being said, here are 20 things that you probably didn’t know about our favorite Brit Brit and her parenting. Some of these will definitely surprise you.
20 She Stays Close To Home
One of the reasons why Britney Spears decided to do her shows in Las Vegas is because it gives her an opportunity to work close to home. Yes, there’s still a huge distance from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, but for Britney, it’s just a short plane ride away. She gets to be with her boys all day long, does homework with them, and then jets off to Las Vegas to perform. And whenever she can, she also takes them with her to her performances. She’s a working mom who is doing a fine job of juggling it all to make it work.
19 She Eats McD's With Her Kids
Britney Spears will always be a goofy, little kid at heart. That’s what we love the most about her! Even though she’s very committed to her health and her fitness, she’s just like us: she loves her Mickey D’s. She’ll even have cheat days with her kids. Britney has said, “Sometimes I’m just like, ‘I want a hamburger!’ but when I’m in work mode, I want [to eat] very clean. I want clean chicken and veggies that’s it. My stomach is so sensitive, if I have a steak, I will be sick for three days. The burger is fine, but I have the small burgers from McDonald’s. The happy meal!”
18 Kevin Federline Tries His Best To Co-Parent Their Kids
While there’s no doubt that she’s had her good days and she’s had her bad days with her ex, Kevin Federline, they have managed to work through their issues in a very civil manner. As a matter of fact, Kevin has been very supportive. Reports even indicate that the two work well as co-parents. Kevin has also made it pretty clear that his family means everything to him. He once told In Touch Weekly, “Everything for me is all about family. I’m the modern-day Mr. Mom! I want to do everything in my power to give our kids a great upbringing.”
17 Things Were Once Very Tense Between Her And Kevin
Another thing that is interesting about her relationship with her ex now is that Kevin has been very supportive but also very honest about some of the things that have happened behind closed doors. He told Us Weekly back in 2015, “It was extremely tough watching her go through a phase where she was clearly not OK right after the divorce. There’s a lot more I could have done to help. Taking full custody of the boys sucked the life out of me, but it was for them. I have to give Britney’s dad, Jamie, a lot of credit for saving her. He made it so I could actually deal with her again.”
16 She Works Hard For Her Money
Say what you will about Britney, but we can all agree to this: she works hard for the money. She works hard for her kids, too. That’s why she gets upset whenever someone questions her authenticity, especially on stage. “A lot of people think that I don’t sing live,” Spears said to Rolling Stone. “Because I’m dancing so much I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it.”
15 She’s More Comfortable With Her Life Now
According to Britney Spears, motherhood has definitely helped her find her comfort zone. She’s not the same person she was ten years ago. She’s more comfortable with who she is, both professionally and personally speaking. She’s made her mistakes, but she also knows how to admit to them. She’s done a lot of growing up in front of the cameras, which can’t be easy for anyone. Britney told Marie Claire UK: “I moved to Los Angeles when I was very young. I was so under scrutiny. If a hair was out of place, I’d be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things.”
14 She’s Matured Since Becoming A Mom
Another thing that a lot of people have noticed about Britney Spears is that she’s definitely matured over the years, and that motherhood has helped her get to where she is today. Now, that’s not to say that it was easy. Britney definitely had to overcome a lot of hurdles to get to where she is today. But thankfully, she is happy. Britney told Lorraine Kelly, “I like my 30s way more than my 20s. My 20s were horrible! [Being] in my teens was fun, but I like my 30s. My 30s are great. You know who you really are.”
13 She Is Dating As A Solo Mom
Unfortunately, if there’s one issue that Britney has had, it’s trying to date as a single mom. Britney confessed, “I had a really bad date. I mean, it was really bad. I’ve been single for ages and had a date with a guy I liked. I was getting anxious, worrying he wouldn’t like me. In the evening I got on the scales and I had lost six pounds… We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn’t working. It was sort of awkward. So after the movie I came home and that was it. It just didn’t work [...] He just wasn’t that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn’t feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn’t make you any different.”
12 Life In The Public Eye Means People Will Scrutinize Her
Britney knows that being in the business that she’s in, her life will always be in the public eye. And as a result, people are going to criticize her and her parenting skills, just like they would any other celebrity. She told V Magazine, “Whoever is in the spotlight, people are really quick to judge. I mean, there are a lot of kids coming up who’ve experienced that. You know, Justin Bieber, he’s huge, and he experiences that. It’s just the way the world works, unfortunately. I’ve been doing this for 20 years. I kind of don’t pay attention to it. I have my relationship with God and myself and that’s what matters to me. I really don’t care what most people think.”
11 Her Kids Help Her To Accept Herself
Unlike many other celebrities in the entertainment business, Britney had her children very early in her life. And yes, she’s had to overcome a lot of changes. It’s needless to say that some of them have been good, and some of them not so good. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing her best as a mom. Britney told Marie Claire UK: “Becoming a mother and being with my boys [Jayden, 9, Sean Preston, 10] has made me so much more accepting of myself. I’m their mom, whatever. That has been a really big thing for me over these last few years.”
10 She Wants More Kids
Believe it or not, Britney Spears has said that she definitely wants more kids! Yes, she’s absolutely in love with her two boys Jayden James and Sean Preston (they are awfully cute, aren’t they?), but she also wants to add a little girl to her family. Britney told In Style Magazine, “I would like to be busy the first couple of years, but then I would really like to have another baby, a girl. I think she would be like a mini-me. I think it’s going to be crazy. I’m not going to feel as alone in the world anymore. I’m going to feel like I have a second person, like, that’s me.”
9 She Still Has Questions About Being A Mom
Britney admits that when it comes to parenting, she definitely doesn’t have all the answers. That’s why she reaches out to her family and friends for questions, especially when it comes to parenting. Britney also told In Style Magazine, “As a mom, you have all these situations you go through, and you’re like, ‘What is going on? Is this normal? Is this a phase? Or what is this?’ and then you feel silly for asking questions because you think, I’m a mom, I’m supposed to know these things, but you don’t. You’re human. To be honest, I wish I had more mom friends.”
8 She Knows Her Kids Are Watching
Britney knows that her kids are watching – that’s why she is now much more reserved than she ever was before. In other words, she’s a ‘mom’ performer, now. “Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video then what is actually there. Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it’s just hard to play sassy mom while you’re being a pop star as well,” said Britney. “I just have to be true to myself and you know, feel it out when I do stuff.”
7 All She Wants To Do Is Stay Home
Here’s another thing that we can relate to, especially when it comes to Britney Spears: all she wants to do is stay home. And we believe it. Because there’s nothing better than putting on your pajamas and watching Netflix all night long, right? “I’m such a cozy person, I love being in my house, but I feel like I’m going to go a little crazy if I stay in my house too much if I just hang out and do nothing,” says Britney. “I kinda like to perform – well not kinda – I really like to perform and I like to do shows. It’s exciting and it’s great to express yourself so I think it’s fun…”
6 She Loves Her Family
While there’s no doubt that her family isn’t perfect (but then again, a show of hands for the families that are perfect? Yeah, we didn’t think so, either), but despite everything that has happened, she’s still very close to them. As a matter of fact, she often relies on her parents to help in the babysitting. Her father, Jamie, and her mother, Lynn, have always been there, through thick and thin. While other people will come and go, Britney knows that her immediate family will never let her down – or sell her out to the media. Britney knows who is in her heart.
5 She Is Very Close To Her Sister And Fellow Mama, Jamie Lynn
In addition to her parents, Britney is also very close to her sister, Jamie Lynn. Unfortunately, they live on opposite sides of the country, but that hasn’t stopped her from being very close to her sister and of course, exchanging advice, ideas, and thoughts on parenting. Just like Britney, Jamie Lynn is also a young mother who has spent most of her life in the public spotlight. The two definitely rely on each other, as they know what the other has gone through. They’ve got a great, sisterly bond that nothing – or no one for that matter – can ever break.
4 She Wants Her Kids To Be Close To Their Cousins
With that being said, Britney also makes sure that her boys are very close to their cousins. Jamie Lynn has two children, Maddie Briann, and her newborn daughter, Ivey Joan. They often get together for holidays, summer and school breaks, or whenever their schedules allow for a short break. As a matter of fact, Jamie Lynn recently shared a photo of little Ivey enjoying her first Britney Spears concert. How awesome is that? Even the kids have great taste in music! It’s so much fun to see them grow up together and make wonderful lifetime memories they will always cherish.
3 She Tries Very Hard To Keep Her Personal Life Private
Sure, Britney Spears knows that being in the limelight comes with the territory of being a huge superstar celebrity. After all, she is one of the biggest stars that the music industry has seen in the last several decades. But at the same time, she wants to raise her family with a certain amount of privacy, too. She posts on social media, but she doesn’t reveal too much about her kids or what’s in her life for that matter. She knows she has to keep a healthy distance. Britney has said (via Brainy Quotes), “I'm actually a very private person. Sometimes I'm in denial that I'm really famous.”
2 She Has Her Doubts
Britney has her doubts just like the rest of us. But that’s nothing to be concerned about. After all, we are all still training on the job, so to speak, when it comes to motherhood. We continue to learn the ropes every day and it’s nothing to be ashamed about. Britney said (via Brainy Quotes): “As a mom, you have all these situations you go through, and you're like, 'What is going on? Is this normal? Is this a phase? Or what is this?' and then you feel silly for asking questions because you think, 'I'm a mom - I'm supposed to know these things,' but you don't.”
1 She Wants To Be An Inspiration
Now, what’s next for Britney Spears, no one knows for sure. But one thing is for certain: she will always remain very attached to her kids and her family. Her boys will always come first. With that being said, Britney has made it clear that she doesn’t want to be a role model for anyone. Instead, she wants to be an inspiration. She wants to inspire both her kids and her fans. Britney put it this way (via People Magazine): “I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model - because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I'm offstage, I'm just like everybody else.”