People managed to lead with news of the divorce, which was announced late enough in the week not to make it onto the covers of most tabloids. The Time Inc. title reports that the legal papers, signed eight weeks after the birth of their second son, were filed by Spears, sick of Federline's incessant partying. Post-breakup, Spears is all smiles, skating in Central Park and popping up behind desks on the "Late Show with David Letterman," while Federline is in the dumps.
Spears landed on Us Weekly's cover this week as well, and the magazine reports on the days leading up to the separation. After bitter fights and separate hotels, the tabloid asks: "How much more can the new mom take from Kevin?" The answer, they now know, is not much. The star filed for divorce on Tuesday, citing irreconcilable differences.
Other tabloids, also missing out on news of the divorce, did catch wind of the couple's troubles while in New York to promote Federline's album. Life & Style refers to Spears with the insightful headline "Thin but sad," and In Touch tells of the couple's "New York nightmare" as they bicker.
Without the lowdown on Spears, the weeklies continued to be preoccupied by the separation of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Their split was announced last week, and the topic du jour for this week's batch of tabloids was Phillippe's alleged other women. Star assures we'd be shocked by his numerous world affairs, while Life & Style reports that the actor's philandering is worse than Witherspoon thought. In the only display of sympathy, In Touch gives Phillippe the chance to tell his side of the story in an exclusive interview, where he dishes on jealousy and Reese's ambition.
In the wake of these two high-profile divorces, Star thinks it's spied the next celebrity separation. With her husband in rehab, the magazine wonders if Nicole Kidman is ready to annul her marriage to Keith Urban. The mag reports that the star has met with attorneys and they may have discussed the fate of the union. Whatever the turnout, we expect the tabloids to continue to be preoccupied with the Spears-Federline breakup as alimony and custody become players in the legal drama.