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Britney Spears files for divorce

Jo Piazza
New York Daily News

Britney Spears cast her vote, and elected to remove K-Fed from her life.

After two years and one month of marriage to former back-up dancer and professional impregnator Kevin Federline, Spears has filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.

But insiders say Kevin might still be in the dark.

"He's been going on like normal, talking about his relationship and Britney," a friend of Kevin's told Life & Style magazine, "but she wasn't going on anymore! They fought all week in New York ... No one knew about the divorce. Not even Kevin. It's very possible he was flying when she filed!"

In her petition, Spears asks for both legal and physical custody of the couple's two children, 1-year-old Sean Preston and 2-month-old Jayden James; Federline would get visitation rights.

Sources told TMZ.com the couple has an iron-clad prenup, and that Spears is waiving her right to spousal support. She has also asked that the judge make each party pay their own attorney's fees.

The date of separation was listed as Monday, the same night that Britney made a surprise appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman," looking gorgeous and slim with a perky new bob haircut and a naked wedding ring finger.

Eat your heart out, Kev.

He may need some money for food: Spears has hired powerhouse celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, whose client roster includes Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland. Wasser could not be reached for comment. Spears' rep, Leslie Sloane, did not return calls.

The past week's events have fueled speculation that the couple was finally on the outs.

Crowds waited in vain for Spears to arrive at her hubby's album release party at Stereo in New York City, but Kev just hunkered down in a booth with his buddies, eventually giving an impromptu performance to a nonplussed audience.

And despite increased security in anticipation of her appearance, Mrs. Federline was a no-show at K-Fed's ill-received concert at Webster Hall.

"They were going to cancel this concert, but he begged them to keep it on," a Webster Hall bartender told Star magazine. "He had to fight with them to keep this concert." Only 300 people showed up at a club that holds 1,500.

Afterwards, Federline drowned his sorrows with whiskey at downtown hot spot Corio while checking out one of the bar's burlesque dancers, a Corio spy tells us.

While they were in New York, the pair stayed in separate hotels, according to US Weekly. Spears checked into a posh suite at the Loews, valued around $3,500 a night, they reported, while Kevin stayed at the Doubletree in Times Square, for a paltry $549.

Federline has famously struggled with adjusting to life as Mr. Britney Spears. His album sales for his debut rap album, "Playing With Fire," were dismal (even out of the spotlight Spears' net worth is still estimated around $150 million).

But despite the public disconnect, Kevin appears to be clueless that the end was near.

Federline recently told Steppin Out magazine's Chaunce Hayden, "We realize that we're the only things each other have that's really real. That's really something ... If Britney has a problem she can come to me and talk about it. If I got a problem I can go to her and talk about it. Each other is the way out. That's just it. We found bliss between all the bulls--t."

In California, Federline's family was stunned by Brit's surprise filing.

"I'm shocked to hear it. We hadn't heard anything. Some family members saw Britney and Kevin together at a CD release party on Halloween in L.A. and they seemed fine," said a family source.

But bliss wasn't enough.

Family law experts say that for a woman to leave her husband with two small children - including an infant - is an unusual move.

"He must have done something pretty bad and gotten caught," says Sue Moss, a partner with Manhattan's Chemtob Moss Forman Talbert. "It is very, very rare for a woman to leave her husband when she has an 8-week-old child. When that happens there is a Lifetime movie to be made. They say there are irreconcilable differences but you know there is a real story behind it."

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(New York Daily News correspondent Michelle Caruso contributed from Los Angeles.)

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