While singer wigs out, K-Fed lies low to win kids, pals say
BY JO PIAZZA in New York
and MICHELLE CARUSO in Los Angeles
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Kevin Federline is purposely staying out of the spotlight as estranged wife Britney Spears publicly unravels, hoping her wacky escapades will help him win custody of their two children, Federline's friends told the Daily News.
The aspiring rapper was hiding out in Los Angeles over the weekend as the singer alternately went bald and paraded in a blond wig.
"He is just waiting for her to get worse," a pal said. "She is only hurting herself right now."
Spears and Federline are battling for 17-month old Sean Preston and 7-month-old Jayden James.
Experts warned yesterday that her erratic antics could land her under a psychiatric microscope in the custody fight.
"It's bizarre behavior," said L.A. attorney Nathan Goldberg. "It might raise concerns about where the behavior is coming from. ... What problems is she having, and how might those problems affect her ability as a parent?"
All-night bar-hopping is not likely to cost Spears custody of her kids, especially in Hollywood where "people in the entertainment industry go out at night all the time," Goldberg said.
But in the last week, Spears checked herself into rehab, checked out 24 hours later, and then went off for a head shave and a couple tattoos.
"Shaving your head is bizarre, but it's not illegal," said Loyola Law School Prof. Laurie Levenson, who thinks the shave won't hurt Spears in court "unless you can show that she was out of her mind or on drugs when she did it."
Both Spears and Federline will likely undergo psychiatric examination. Even their households will be studied to see if they provide a good environment for kids.
"The custody evaluator will want to observe each of them interacting with the children to see how they behave with the children and how the children relate to them," said Goldberg.
"You can't get any more raw than seeing people battle over their babies."