Kevin Federline says depression contributed to his weight gain

Britney Spears’ ex husband Kevin Federline is sporting a new svelte figure thanks to some help from VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. The 31 year-old father of four and former backup dancer told Access Hollywood that depression coupled with overeating and a lack of exercise caused him to gain weight. The more weight he gained, the less he wanted to go out, which he explained as a “downward spiral.” Contrary to rumors that Federline deliberately gained weight to score some kind of reality show deal, he said that it was legitimate weight gain and that he didn’t learn about the offer to go on Celebrity Fit Club until a day before filming was set to start.

Kevin Federline has opened up to Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos about his battle with depression, weight gain and his relationship with ex-wife Britney Spears.

Kevin, who will next be seen as a contestant on VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp,” told Maria that despite the rumors, he did not gain weight to secure a spot on the reality show.

“They called me and they asked me if I wanted to do it and I had maybe 24 hours to decide because the show started taping the next day after that weekend,” he said. “It just couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Married to pop star Britney Spears for two years, Kevin revealed that depression played a big part in his overeating.

“Once you get depressed, you don’t really feel like doing anything. You’re kind of discouraged about yourself and then the weight gain too, or that makes me more depressed,” he said. “I mean, it’s a combination of all of those things.”

Kevin admitted that his divorce from the pop princess in 2006 played a part in his depression.

“A number of things between, I mean, everybody knows what happened with me and Brit. I’m not going to say that’s the total cause of it but, I mean, just not being happy with myself was probably the main part of my depression,” he said.

When asked if he has gotten to a place where he can be friends with Britney, Kevin said the has.

“Yeah, I mean, I think as time goes on, it keeps getting better and better and better. I mean, I’m really happy the way that my life is going right now, I really am,” he told Maria. “I think, you know, I have come a long way. All of us have…my whole family.

“It’s gotten so much better from where we were,” he added.

[From Access Hollywood]

Access Hollywood will air K-Fed’s interview in February, and they have a clip up now on their website. (Link has automatic video.) I have to say that K-Fed has lost some of the swagger and seems almost humble. This is the guy who regularly bragged about his luxury goods and launched a career as a rapper despite a complete lack of talent. I like the new improved K-Fed.

Federline also told Maria Menounos that he “could see” marriage “happening” again in his future, but that he wanted his sons to grow up first. Yeah, he’s not going to marry his girlfriend anytime soon.

Photo above from Access Hollywood. Photo below from Pacific Coast News and dated 8/24/09

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  1. bite me says:

    actually k-fed is a father of four

  2. Celebitchy says:

    I will fix that bite me, thanks!

  3. texasmom says:

    I still believe the real cause of his weight gain was that he wears giant clothes. You could easily gain 100 pounds and not notice in those duds — they’d still be loose!

  4. Tess says:

    And I’m sure Britney’s money doesn’t figure into his decision not to marry until the boys are grown. Gee, what’s not to like?

  5. Jaki says:

    How about his being greedy and lazy. If this lazy good for nothing but shooting out kids take his azz to work to support his four almost five kids (new gf was knock up if she didn’t get rid of it) then he would not be so fat. Douchebag will not work to support his kids with Shar Jackson.
    Too bad he can’t teach his boys how a real man take care of his family.

  6. lucy2 says:

    So this nobody with no real talent got millions, fame, and an inexplicable record deal out of a two year marriage, and he’s depressed? Try living in the real world for a few days, dude.

  7. ering says:

    He was depressed because his ride on the gravy train was over when Brit Brit dumped him by the wayside (except not really since he’s still raking in heaps of her money every month.)

  8. L says:

    More importantly, can we get Jon Gosselin into some kind of celebrity fit club? Not because I want to watch him on tv, or for him to pull more stupid girls-but so we don’t have to see that horrible toad like mug anymore.

  9. Sumodo says:

    K-Fed’s a beer drinker, right? Well, that’ll do it.

  10. rreedy says:

    I would be depressed if I thought I had to financially support this airhead.Poor Britney!

  11. nj says:

    New and improved? Just because he dropped some pounds while being pampered, and I’m sure with the help of the best weight loss meds money can buy?
    I feel sorry for any child who has to look at that and call him “Dad”. He’s an embarrassment. I still can’t believe that out of all the men in the world, Britney married this mess. Even on his best day, he was nothing to look at.

  12. QB says:

    I don’t feel bad for Britney at all that she had to support him , thats what you get for dating a men with a pregnant girlfriend and supporting him.

    But gaining weight when you are depress is extremely common , plus the more weight you gain the less you want to go out and the bigger the shame is and that is follow by more depression and more overeating and more shame.

  13. QB says:

    Ps: You can’t drink weight lose pills on Celebrity fit club. Is diet and boot camp , I like this show not only the seem to deal with the pshycal problem but the emotional too.

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  15. dk says:

    I feel bad for him. His depression was obviously legitimate, as those of us who’ve been through it now. As for why he’s depressed, maybe with all his money he shouldn’t be, but he obviously made some stupid mistakes and decisions and felt down on himself for them.

  16. GatsbyGal says:

    I think this is true. It would be so much easier and less humiliating to admit to getting fat for a reality show that to admit getting fat because you were depressed and pigged out.

  17. ♥Natalie♥ says:

    Sure he lost weight but he is still an unattractive loser that lives off of Britney’s money. I wonder how he will support himself after the kid’s turn 18 and the money stops coming in.

  18. Cinderella says:

    I think he’s full of it. He will do whatever it takes to turn a buck. He is most likely contractually bound from revealing the true reason behind his weight gain. It’s a shame he’s making such a mockery of depression. The only time he’s depressed is when his bank account runs low.