Her appearance at the MTV Video Music awards left Britney Spears' comeback up in the air. But the "star" seems intent on putting custody issues to rest.
Spears attended a meeting with Federline and his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Wednesday. The exes arrived at offices of Spears' attorney, Laura Wasser.
The meeting fell on son Jayden James' first birthday and five days before they are due to face each other before a family court judge on Monday.
The meeting was Britney Spears' idea, according to a source close to her.
"Britney asked for [the meeting]. She wants to put an end to this public debacle," says a Spears source. "However, Kevin [has] refused. He needs more money so he's determined to win this."
Court documents released August 30 show that Spears' income is an incredible $737,868 a month and that Kevin Federline receives $20,000 a month in spousal support, but has no "net income after business expenses."
A source close to FedEx confirmed the meeting, but said that Federline was not - as is speculated - drawing out the process due to financial self-interest.
"He's not going for additional child support in the court papers that were filed. It's not about the money," says the insider.
When asked if Britney Spears was hoping to settle, the Kevin Federline source retorted: "She might settle, she's got stage fright."
Britney Spears' Las Vegas weekend featured eight party-hopping nightclub excursions and one epically disastrous nationally televised dance number.
Could she have avoided sych public embarrassment? According to a report in the The New York Times, the singer's record label, Jive, was reluctant to put her on stage, until one of her lawyers, Gary Stiffelman, advised otherwise.
Meanwhile, American Idol, which specialize in turning embarrassments around, reportedly wants to do the same for Spears, according to FOX News.
"We have decided we can bring Britney back," American Idol's Simon Cowell says in offering to help Spears. "We're serious. We plan to buy her underwear, get her bigger shorts to perform in and get her away from her stupid friends."
Paula Abdul says, "We always have time for Britney. We love her."
Randy Jackson adds: "We'd love to take care of you, Britney! We will make you a superstar again!"
Wow. We don't expect her to take them up on the offer. After all, Timbaland also offered some advice to the pop star - do a duet with her ex-flame and superstar Justin Timberlake - but Britney turned it down.
"She has no comeback story," Timbaland told MTV News. "That's the problem. She has to have a team. She needs to come back with Justin doing records. ... [Instead she got] so big-headed and [was] like, 'Screw you, screw you, I don't need nobody.'"
Timbaland says that Britney Spears simply needs to "humble herself and make a phone call and say, 'I'm sorry.'"
"She knows what she's sorry about," the mega-producer adds. "She needs to say, 'I was wrong,' and it'll definitely move forward. ... That's all she has to say."
Justin Timberlake's fellow 'N Sync member (and Dancing with the Stars vet) Joey Fatone, who has known Spears "for many years", has also spoken out about the singer, saying he's worried about her.
"It was interesting," he tells Extra. "I felt bad, but didn't. It looked like she was really lost. A lot of people... really ... want her to seek help... There's something not right there, something needs to obviously be done before anything tragic happens. She's a great girl."
Lastly, there are rumors circulating that Spears may take the stage again at this weekend's Emmy Awards, though we sincerely hope not. We will have more on this story as (and if) it develops.