What the Funk? Mother of Britney Spears' Fired Assistant is Latest Insider to Speak Out Against Train Wreck

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Seems like everyone close to the slow-moving train wreck that is Britney Spears is spouting off their opinions regarding the former pop singer.

Her mom, Lynne Spears, claims to be reaching out to the singer, but was recently seen partying in Vegas like a regular ol' Dina Lohan.

Kevin Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, has expressed his concerns over some of the recent accounts of Britney's parenting skills (or lack thereof).

Heck, even her former assistant and fellow club-goer, Alli Sims, has cut ties with Spears to launch her own singing career.

The latest to break their silence? Maureen Funk, mother of Shannon Funk, an assistant fired by Spears last week. The elder Funk is speaking out to defend her daughter.

She tells Life & Style, "My daughter is a terrific person and she has been hounded by the media since news that she left Britney broke. Contrary to what people may think, this situation is not about money as Shannon is not that type of person."

Maureen denies her daughter inked a $500,000 "tell-all" deal to spill the beans about her short-lived stint as Britney's personal assistant (Shannon denies she was axed by Britney).

"I feel really sorry for Britney Spears," Maureen says "She is under a lot of pressure every day and is a really sweet woman, despite all the stories."

Sean Preston and Jayden James Plea For Help

As Life & Style previously reported, Britney felt a lot of her recent troubles started and stopped with Shannon, an insider close to Spears said:

"Britney thought she was talking badly about her. She was extremely rude and Britney felt she was letting business e-mails fall by the wayside."

Shannon was Britney Spears' assistant when the pop star recently filmed a personally financed music video, which ended in a near meltdown.

Meanwhile, Britney's uncle, Barry Bridges, tells Life & Style that with Britney's divorce finalized, "I think Britney and [Kevin] should be very happy about this. It'll be a relief to the family, [and] I think [her mom] Lynne will be happy."

As for advice he would offer Britney Spears, he says:"Just get on with your life, and try to be civil. She'll need to know to not talk badly about their daddy, especially around [Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline]."

Asked whether he thinks Britney will be able to repair her relationship with Lynne Spears, now that the divorce is settled, he says:

"I think they'll get back together. Sometimes people are hard-headed, but Britney and Lynne have been so close so long. Remember that your family is always your family. You don't forget they love you, no matter what."

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yes it is sad what is happening to Brittany. I am going through a divorce and I have two small children, but I am not out partying and forgetting the most important role in my life, being a mother. Brittany's actions do not reflect being a mother and one should wonder if she even wants that role at this point.

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I think people should just leave this girl alone. Unless you have gone through a divorce you have no idea the stress you encounter never mind being a celebrity and hounded like she is.

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How can her assistant of 3 weeks be the cause of all of Britneys problems? She was a trainwreck for a lot longer than the past month. Just like she blamed her mom, her manager, her stylist, her husband, her kids, her dog, her house, her shirt, her bra, her boobs, blah blah blah.

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