7 // The Good Fathers
Kevin Federline and Larry Birkhead; Ages: 29 and 34
Meet America’s new parental role models. We all expected Kevin Federline and Larry Birkhead to crash and burn as fathers. Instead, by being more visible presences in their children’s lives than many Hollywood A-listers, they emerged as unlikely candidates for Dad of Year.
“To be a father is . . . everything,” says Federline, who was awarded sole custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James in October. “I mean, to me, it’s the best thing in my life.”
The New Dad, as represented by K Fed and Birkhead, is involved. He trucks the kids to the supermarket, decorates their bedrooms, and even lets them dictate the direction of his career. “I’d actually like to play somebody other than a bad guy or an ass,” says Federline, who’s made some forays into acting recently.
“My TVs are pretty much G-rated right now. Anything from SpongeBob to Finding Nemo, and you know, I’m still trying to decide which one I like more.”
For his part, Birkhead may have proved even more definitively than Federline that being the guy the judge calls Daddy has become this decade’s most efficient method of scuzz removal. US Weekly now runs photo montages of Daddy Birkhead helping Dannielynn blow out the candles on her first birthday cake.
“It keeps you on your toes,” Federline says of fatherhood. “It shows me how little I am.”
Wisdom from the backup dancer who was once ball-and-chained to Britney Spears? Father used to know best, but maybe now he knows even better.