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Did Britney Deserve to Lose Her Children?

Douglas Boultinghouse
Contributing Writer

   As of Monday, Oct. 1, Britney Spears temporarily lost custody of her two children. The judge granted physical custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline, according to any news source on the planet.

   Even more saddening than Britney losing her children is that the incident qualifies as "breaking news" for news sites such as CNN and MSNBC. Regardless of my belief on whether or not the story qualifies as real news, I do have an opinion on the situation.

   I am more appalled at the fact a judge gave custody to Federline than I am Spears lost custody. I know Spears led a disastrous past few years, including shaving her head, car accidents, rehab stints and even more, but she has gotten better.

   I watched Britney Spears grow up on television and in magazines; we all did. Many wonder what happened to “America’s Sweetheart.”  I don’t have to look far for the answer. Spears’ problems all began when she married Federline. After her marriage to Federline, her career plummeted, she became the troubled star in all the magazines and she became what many call a "bad mother."

   I do not know Spears personally, but I highly doubt she is the bad mother the tabloids make her out to be. After all, tabloid magazines strive to take the smallest of things and turn them into the most negative thing possible just to make a person look bad.

   The whole custody battle began after the bitter divorce of Spears and Federline. Divorcing him was probably the smartest thing she’s done. Spears lost custody supposedly because she was accused of not taking a drug and alcohol test, as well as not having a valid driver’s license.

   Since when does not having a driver’s license deny you the right to be a parent?  If that’s the case, then a lot of people will be giving up their children.

   Also, if Spears must take a drug test, so should Federline. The only reason Spears had to take one is because she fired her former bodyguard, a friend of Federline's. Out of spite, the bodyguard began telling stories of Spears using drugs. Sounds a little fishy to me.

   Federline, who already had one child with actress Shar Jackson and one on the way when he married Spears, isn’t the best choice to raise children. To begin with, he left his pregnant girlfriend for Spears. However, Spears and Federline both deserve blame.

   At this time, he was known for his late night parties, something he still does. How is this any different than Spears partying?  It’s not. No one says a word when he goes out, but if she does, she’s a terrible mother. Wouldn’t that make him a terrible father as well?

   I truly believe his new image is all an act. People like him do not change. He is just trying to appear as the better parent in hopes of winning custody of the children. As of now, it’s working in his favor. But it’s not fair.

   I’m not saying Britney Spears is the perfect parent. There is no such thing as a perfect parent. But after all, it is her money Federline lives off of. It is Spears who supports the children, paying their medical bills, feeding them, clothing them, providing shelter and a full-time nanny to assist with duties.

   Something just doesn’t seem right. The one who takes care of her children loses custody, but the one who pretends to take care of them, gets custody?

   The custody issue should have been left the way it was, 50/50. The children need both their mother and father.

   I do not believe Spears deserved to have custody of her children taken from her. Luckily for the children's sake, the court granted her monitored visitation rights every other day as of Wednesday, Oct. 3.

   People reports that Spears is completing a checklist of things to take care of before her custody could be restored. According to them, she is optimistic of getting her children back. Right now, Spears awaits the arrival of the California’s driver’s license she recently applied for.

   A court hearing for Spears and Federline has been ordered for Oct. 26. Maybe by this time, Spears will have taken care of everything and changed her lifestyle for the better. She has the capability to change, and under the circumstances, I feel she will follow through for her children.

   I hope when the judge rules on the 26th, he rules in favor of Spears, if only to award her shared custody with Federline.        

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