Your Questions About Britney Spears's Divorce Answered

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Thursday, November 9, 2006

What went wrong for Mr. and Mrs. Federline so soon after welcoming their second child?

You can never really know what's going on inside someone else's relationship, you know? But let's turn to the magazines of record. Us Weekly recounts an alleged blowout at Kevin 's album release party last week; People says Brit was devastated when he left her at home to party in Vegas three weeks after her September C-section.

Yeah, but why file for divorce NOW?

Britney Spears's filing claims a separation date exactly 2 years 1 month after their wedding, leading some to wonder if their prenuptial agreement had a deadline for unloading Hubby before accruing serious charges. Doubtful: Top D.C. divorce lawyer Sanford Ain assumes Spears had a very strong prenup, since her petition claims no joint assets for the courts to divide. Many prenups entitle the poorer spouse to a payout based on the couple's time together, so the rich partner has incentive to file quickly. "Maybe she's going to relaunch her career, make a lot of money and she doesn't want to share it with him," says Ain.

So why not file sooner? We've only seen this coming for, oh, two years.

"Someone about to give birth may be more focused on the child," Ain adds. "Now she can focus on the business matters of ending the relationship."

How's that debut CD of K-Fed's selling?

In its first week, "Playing With Fire" moved 6,000 copies; it will debut at No. 151 on the Billboard 200.

Stephen Colbert, Won-on-Won

Fake newsman Stephen Colbert managed not to ruin the careers of the 28 politicians who sat down for one of his mock-confrontational "Better Know a District" interviews this year. "Every congressman I've interviewed was reelected," Colbert crowed on Election Night. "Didn't someone say talking to me was a bad idea?" (That would be Nancy Pelosi , who clearly had bigger fish to fry.)

Technically, not "every" congressman was reelected: New York's Major Owens is retiring and didn't run; it should also be noted in the interest of "truthiness" that none of Colbert's subjects was at serious risk of losing a seat. The only big loser on Colbert's list was Tom DeLay , but we can't blame his problems on a snarky cable comedian, now can we?

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

First Lady Laura Bush with Patrick O'Connell
First Lady Laura Bush with the Inn's Patrick O'Connell.(Courtesy The Inn At Little Washington)
First lady Laura Bush and 25 friends celebrating her 60th birthday at the Inn at Little Washington yesterday -- her first trip to the famed restaurant since moving to the nation's capital. After cocktails in the kitchen with co-owner Patrick O'Connell , the group (which included Doro Bush Koch, Karen Hughes, Karyn Frist, Ann Johnson and Barbara Harrison) settled into the main dining room for lunch. On the menu: apple rutabaga soup, caviar with crab, pan-roasted lobster and miniature birthday cakes (Laura's was shaped like a book) -- topped off with another 60-year-old: A 1946 Madeira.

Nancy Pelosi getting ready for her close-up yesterday morning at the salon at the Four Seasons Hotel. The presumptive next speaker of the House had her hair done (while she applied her own makeup) before dashing away for her post-election red carpet.

Outgoing Mayor Tony Williams spending election night enjoying a fine meal at Oya restaurant. Eschewing the cheese cubes and cheap wine found at most campaign parties, his foursome dined on sushi, roast chicken, scallops and specialty cocktails.


Best-laid plans: NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon took a break from the racetrack Tuesday to marry Belgian model Ingrid Vandebosch. The 35-year-old groom and his 37-year-old bride dated almost two years before tying the knot Tuesday in Mexico. After a nasty public divorce from his first wife, Gordon vowed to stay single -- until he met Vandebosch. "It probably confused him because he had this plan of not falling in love until he got through with racing," former crew chief Robbie Loomis told "But love is a funny thing."


"That'll be fantastic news. Uh, it'll be huge news, I should say."

-- Democratic-staffer-turned-TV-commentator Chris Matthews on MSNBC Tuesday night, reacting to Chuck Todd 's prediction that a Democratic takeover of the House could presage the same in the Senate.

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