Former “X Factor” U.S. judge Britney Spears has confirmed reports that she wants to have another child.
Spears, 31, has two sons with her ex-husband Kevin Federline: 7-year-old Sean Preston and 6-year-old Jayden James. She lost custody of the kids in 2007 but has visitation rights.
In an “Extra” interview that aired on May 13, 2013, Spears had this dialogue with “Extra” host Mario Lopez:
Lopez said, “I have a girl. I’m very jealous ’cause you have boys.”
Spears replied, “Awww! I want a girl.”
Lopez asked, “Oh, you do want a girl! So later on, maybe a little girl?”
Spears answered, “Yes.”
Whatever her plans are to have another baby, Spears has an upcoming concert residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas that will span over several months. The exact dates of the residency are to be announced, but Spears confirmed to Shape magazine (in the June 2013 issue) that she heading to Vegas for a long series of concerts and that has been getting in shape for this work commitment.
On May 11, 2013, she made a guest appearance at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango all-star concert in Carson, Calif. (Spears was a presenter and did not perform at the event.)
In February 2013, Spears began publicly dating David Lucado, an associate at a law firm.
There were tabloid reports that one of the reasons why Spears and her former agent Jason Trawick broke up was because she wanted to have more kids but he did not. Spears and Trawick began dating in 2009, they got engaged in 2011, and they announced their split in January 2013 on the same day that Spears announced that she would no longer be a judge on “The X Factor.”
Sources told Us Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter that Spears had been or was about to be fired from the show, after she got mostly negative reviews from viewers and critics, who often described her as “dull” and “robotic.” The majority of “X Factor” viewers on the Internet said that they are happy that Spears is gone from the show.
Spears’ exit from “The X Factor” U.S. is one of many changes the show has undergone since its debut in 2011.
During the show’s first season in 2011, the judges were Simon Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger. (Scherzinger replaced Cheryl Cole who was a judge on the show for less than a month before she was fired.)
In January 2012, Abdul, Scherzinger and host Steve Jones were fired.
In May 2012, Spears and Demi Lovato replaced Abdul and Scherzinger.
In October 2012, Khloe Kardashian and “Extra” host Lopez replaced Jones.
In December 2012, Reid announced he was quitting “The X Factor” because he said he wanted more time to focus on his main job as chairman/CEO of Epic Records. A month later, Spears announced her “X Factor” exit because she said she wanted more time for her music career.
As of now, Cowell and Lovato are the only confirmed judges for “The X Factor” U.S., but the replacements for Spears and Reid should be announced sometime in May 2013. Lopez is hosting the show in 2013, but Kardashian has been fired.
Despite these changes, and even though “X Factor” U.S. executives had hoped that Spears’ presence on the show would increase ratings in 2012, the opposite happened. In 2011 for the show’s first season, “The X Factor” U.S. averaged 12 million U.S. viewers per episode, according to the Nielsen Company. In 2012, the show’s rating plummeted to an average of 8 million U.S. viewers per episode. Spears was reportedly paid $15 million to be an “X Factor” judge, but that was clearly a bad investment.