February 19, 2008 / 9:05 PM / in 10 years

Britney Spears still can't visit sons

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Britney Spears on Tuesday failed to regain the right to see her two children after a closed-door court hearing in the lengthy and bitter custody dispute with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

Los Angeles Superior Court spokesman Alan Parachini told reporters there had been no change in the orders handed out by the family judge who last month stripped Spears of her visiting rights to see Sean Preston, 2 and Jayden James, 1.

Celebrity web site TMZ.com said Federline wanted Spears to be able to see the boys under certain conditions, but lawyers for both sides apparently could not agree on the terms.

Spears, who lost primary custody in October, was barred from court-monitored visits after refusing to hand the boys back to Federline in January and being taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Earlier this month she spent another six days in a psychiatric unit for what is thought to be bipolar disorder and her father Jamie Spears was given control of her personal and business affairs.

The American singer who was once one of the world’s biggest pop stars has spiraled downwards since her divorce last year from Federline. A year ago she shaved her head and spent a brief stint in rehab but her behavior has grown more erratic in recent months, including wearing a bright pink wig and adopting a British accent.

She has also changed lawyers and managers frequently and on Tuesday, she formally replaced one lawyer in the custody case for yet another.

Reporting by Justin Kroll, writing by Jill Serjeant, edting by Bob Tourtellotte and Cynthia Osterman

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