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Britney Spears celebrated the announcement of her forthcoming divorce by skating with a friend yesterday (right), which is appropriate, because her marriage has been on thin ice for years.

God, that was lame.

Friends close to Spears and that jackass Kevin Federline weren’t surprised that Spears filed the paperwork for divorce on Tuesday in L.A. County Court, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Sources say the couple had a final blowout last week that pushed their marriage to the breaking point.

Britney Spears Closes Out 2021

At K-Fed’s album release party at club Xenii in Los Angeles on October 31, the much-maligned couple, sources say, had an explosive argument.

While Kevin Federline worked the crowd (which we have to guess consisted of approximately 13 fans), Britney Spears hid in an upstairs dressing room.

Then, before Halloween night was officially over, the pop princess, dressed in a black minidress and barefoot, made her dramatic exit.

“She ran down the stairs crying and stormed out. Her eyes were swollen and her eyeliner was smudged. She looked like a complete mess,” a witness said.

THG NOTE: We would actually say that in most Britney Spears pictures taken since she got together with K-Fed, the singer could be qualified as a complete mess. But whatever.

In any event, Federline didn’t run after his wife. Instead, he stayed at the party, at one point proclaiming into the mic, “Ladies! I love you!”

Class.

Matters remained unresolved by the time the couple headed east (Spears even postponed her NYC arrival by one day), and the too-sexy-to-file-a-defamtion-suit pop star was spotted welling up in public again on November 2 while having dinner with a male friend at Library, her hotel’s restaurant.

“She cried on and off the whole meal,” an onlooker said.

What else happened that caused the new mother of Jayden James Federline to initiate divorce proceedings? How did the couple end up in separate hotels? Why didn’t Britney show up to Kevin’s concert in NYC on November 4? What was the argument that kept resurfacing?

Our guess is that it involved K-Fed being a complete waste of space, but that’s just one theory. You can read more in Us Weekly, which features Brit on its cover this week. See below. In the meantime, you can bet T.H. Gossip will be digging around and seeing what else our spies can unearth.