Spears Files for Divorce

ByABC News
November 7, 2006, 8:21 PM

Nov. 7, 2006 — -- Britney Spears' megahit "Toxic" may have been describing her marriage.

She has finally KO'd K-Fed.

The pop singer filed a petition for divorce from husband Kevin Federline today in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing "irreconcilable differences."

In her petition, Spears asks for custody of the couple's two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James, with Federline getting visitation rights.

Sources tell the Web site, TMZ.com that the couple has an iron-clad prenup, and that Spears is waiving her right to spousal support.

It seems no sooner did they walk down the aisle that rumors started swirling about discord, rattling the ubiquitous pair's matrimonial bliss.

He is a former backup dancer who left the mother of his two children, Shar Jackson, before their second child was even born.

She is, well, Britney. So, needless to say, legions of the pop tart's fans were suspicious of this unshaven young man's trustworthiness. Now that it's finally over, everyone who hasn't been living under a mossy rock for two years has something (often jubilant) to say about it.

And entertainment powerhouses, who have been closely watching the events, are collectively marveling over the whole debacle.

"It's amazing that Britney has been able to consistently make smart career decisions -- selling in the millions and keeping her face out there -- but not when it comes to her personal life. This may be her first flop," said Shirley Halperin, entertainment editor of Us Weekly.

"To say we saw it coming is an understatement. The writing was on the wall from Day 1, but it's sadder now that there are kids involved," Halperin said.

Some suggest it may have served Spears better to air her dirty laundry sooner.

"What remains unclear is why she felt the need to deny all the rumors about her marital problems for years," said Deborah Schoneman, New York magazine contributing editor and author of "4 Percent Famous," a novel about New York City gossip columnists.

"She could have protected herself better from prying media attention had she split from him earlier," Schoneman said.