Britney Spears might quit music.
So claims her 13-year-old son, Jayden Federline, on Instagram Live. As first reported in US Weekly, Jayden took to the livestream to discuss the fate of his mom’s career.
His Instagram account has since been shut down, but he reportedly told his viewers that he hasn’t “seen her doing a lot of music at all.”
“I remember one time I asked her, I said, ‘Mom, what happened to your music?’ and she was like, ‘I don’t know, honey. I think I might just quit it,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘What? What are you saying? Like, do you know how much bank you make off of that stuff?'”
The pop icon certainly has made “bank” off of her music — her net worth is $59 million, according to publicly available financial documents. In 2008, Spears was put on a court-approved conservatorship that put her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets under the control of her father and a lawyer. It also requires her financial records to be disclosed.
Jayden reportedly addressed this in his livestream, saying he would reveal all once he gained more followers: “What’s going on with my mom? I’ll tell you guys the whole story about my mom and stuff if I get 5,000 followers on my Instagram. That stuff will come out way in the future [when] I get really popular.”
Jayden’s father, Kevin Federline, is “handling the situation” with Jayden, his attorney told ET Online in an exclusive statement. “This is what happens when a 13-year-old acts like they’re 13 years old,” the statement reads.
Social media has framed the lives of Gen Z
Jayden is essentially selling out his mom’s privacy in exchange for social media followers, and the move highlights the differences in how millennials and Gen Z build fame and the money that comes with it.
Famous millennials, like Spears, often earned a name for themselves by creating lucrative careers in the entertainment industry. But many well-known Gen Zers put themselves in the limelight via social media stardom. That’s not to say there aren’t millennials famous for being influencers or Gen Zers famous for acting or singing — there are plenty of both.
But while millennials were introduced to social media, smartphones, and the internet during their childhood, Gen Z is the first digitally native generation to grow up with all these things since birth. This online upbringing has completely shaped the generation’s lifestyle and career goals.
Consider the VSCO girls, the Gen Z persona that took over the internet last summer. Or the rise of Tik Tok, the short-form video platform that Gen Z is obsessed with. Then there’s the 29% of US kids who said they wanted to be a vlogger or YouTuber when they grew up compared to the 11% who aspired to be an astronaut, according to a 2019 survey by The Harris Poll on behalf of Lego.
YouTube has certainly influenced pop culture — the platform’s biggest stars have become worldwide influencers who make millions of dollars a year by launching a host of businesses from personal clothing lines and custom toy brands to live tours.
As Business Insider’s Paige Leskin wrote, “YouTube has become the de-facto launchpad for the next generation of celebrities, personalities, and big stars.”
Instagram, too, has minted similar success. Influencers with 100,000 followers can earn $1,000 per post, according to Instagram platform Later. That might explain why Jayden is so keen on growing his following.
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