Though the divorce between Britney Spears and Kevin Federline might have long been anticipated by everybody, the split has brought out a big secret - the couple's Studio City, California nuptials in 2004 were nothing but a giant hoax.
In the court documents, which were filed in Los Angeles on 7th Nov, Spears lists her wedding date as 6 October 2004 - three weeks after she and Federline reportedly exchanged vows during an intimate family gathering at the home of wedding planner Alyson Fox on 18 Sept 04.
About 25 close friends and family members, including Spears' mother and sister, attended the couple's 'wedding'.
Spears donned a mini-wedding gown for the 'mock' ceremony, which was made famous when the wedding party was photographed wearing
matching his-and-hers tracksuits. But now website thesmokinggun.com claims the September, 2004 wedding was a "faux ceremony," staged as the couple were still working out a complicated pre-nuptial agreement.
Us Weekly had obtained the authentic legal documents and exposed the matter, but Britney's rep fired back at the reports, saying at the time that, "This is all ludicrous. They are happily married, and I have no reason to believe otherwise." Yeah, right.
Britney pulls the plug on her marriage!
Two years and two kids later, the marriage everyone knew wouldn't stand the test of time, is officially heading for splitsville, with singer Britney Spears filing for divorce from hubby Kevin Federline.
Spears, who married K-Fed in 2004 and has two sons by him, has cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split.
The 'Toxic' singer, who filed the papers at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday (Nov 7), has petitioned for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children - one-year old Sean Preston and two-month old Jayden James - with K-Fed being given fair visitation rights.
Spears has hired Laura Wasser, who has handled the divorce of stars such as Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland, to be her divorce lawyer, reports TMZ.com.
As for how much of her fortune Britney is likely to lose in the divorce, it seems not much, for sources revealed that the K-Fed signed an iron-clad pre-nuptial agreement when the couple married in October 2004.
And not only is the “Oops, I Did It Again” singer waiving her right to spousal support, but she's also petitioned the court to make each party pay their own attorney's fees.
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