Keri Hilson Says ‘Britney Is No Puppet,’ Plus Spears Settles Custody Payout

R&B singer/songwriter Keri Hilson says “she really isn’t the puppet that people make her out to be” of embattled pop star Britney Spears. Hilson penned Spears’ 2007 single “Gimme More,” which depending on who you ask was a flop for the singer who performed not so well at the MTV Video Music Awards that year. Despite the controversy and media frenzy over Spears’ lifestyle Hilson says there is a calmer, sweeter Britney as opposed to the stage presence and persona portrayed in front of the camera “She’s a very, very sweet person, takes direction very well” says Hilson, who also states “She’s a pleasure to work with. You won’t find any diva behavior in there.” Hilson is busy promoting her debut album “In A Perfect World” slated for release this September. The album which is Hilson’s first solo project (she appeared on the hit Timbaland single “The Way I Are”) has been well received thus far, the singer’s first single ‘Energy’ is currently climbing the R&B charts while it’s companion video holds strong on countdowns such as BET’s 106 & Park and MTV’s TRL. As for Spears, the singer recently ended her highly publicized custody battle with Kevin Federline who according to reports will retain custody of their two children. This week the singer was forced to increase the amount of child support paid to Federline from $15,000 per month to $20,000 per month in addition to paying Federline’s attorney fees amounting to $250,000. According to Los Angeles Superior Court documents, the parties said they had also come to terms on custody issues, granting the 26-year-old pop singer more time with her children, including additional overnight visits. Spears’ father, James, currently controls his daughter’s financial and personal affairs as a court-appointed conservator. He signed off on the agreement on Spears’ behalf.

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