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Britney Spears says it’s ‘bittersweet’ seeing sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, grow up

She shares two teenage sons with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

But Britney Spears was having trouble accepting that her boys are becoming young men in a sweet Instagram post she shared on Friday.

The 39-year-old pop icon was pictured on various trips to the beach with her young boys in the vintage photos as she bemoaned how ‘bittersweet’ it was to see them growing up.

Memories: Britney Spears, 39, posted throwback photos to Instagram on Friday showing her sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, when they were young boys

In one of the photos, Britney was seen carrying one of the boys while she wore a floral-print bikini with a backwards baseball cap and dark sunglasses.

Sean and Jayden were also pictured running together by the edge of the water, and the singer helped to dry one of them off with a towel in a third snap. 

‘So bittersweet to see them get older … why can’t they just stay babies forever???’ she wrote in her caption, adding, ‘They will always be MINE!!!!!’

Although Britney shared pictures of her sons from when she was still a young mother, her fans recently got a glimpse of how much they’ve changed.

They grow up so fast: Britney wrote that it was 'bittersweet' seeing her boys grow up. 'Why can't they just stay babies forever???'

They grow up so fast: Britney wrote that it was ‘bittersweet’ seeing her boys grow up. ‘Why can’t they just stay babies forever???’

Beach day: The boys were pictured during a beach outing with their mother; pictured together a few years later

Beach day: The boys were pictured during a beach outing with their mother; pictured together a few years later

All grown up! Earlier this month, the singer's seldom-seen sons were pictured in photos posted to Instagram by their father Kevin Federline's friend, who also shared images of Kevin relaxing

All grown up! Earlier this month, the singer’s seldom-seen sons were pictured in photos posted to Instagram by their father Kevin Federline’s friend, who also shared images of Kevin relaxing 

Mature: Sean (L) sported a thick mass of curly hair and wore a simple black hoodie with dark jeans, while Jayden (R) wore his dark hair shaggy and had on a black sweatshirt with yellow-dyed pants

Mature: Sean (L) sported a thick mass of curly hair and wore a simple black hoodie with dark jeans, while Jayden (R) wore his dark hair shaggy and had on a black sweatshirt with yellow-dyed pants

Earlier this month, the singer’s seldom-seen sons were pictured in photos posted to Instagram by their father friend Eddie Morales, who also shared images of Kevin relaxing. 

Sean sported a thick mass of curly hair and wore a simple black hoodie with dark jeans, while Jayden wore his dark hair shaggy and had on a black sweatshirt with yellow-dyed pants. 

Morales seemed to turn to Kevin and his sons as inspiration while dealing with a loss. He wrote: ‘During times of grief knowing u have #family really feels worth living…

‘Talk bout seeing my nephews when they were pods smaller then my hands now look at #life how beautiful gods work is … love you bro @federline4real. ‘#unlikenoother,’ ‘#trueGentleman,’ ‘#Friends,’ and ‘#brothers.’

He added that they would support each other ’till the wheels fall off.’

Taking it easy: Kevin (center) was featured in other photos as he and his pals bonded over beers outside

Taking it easy: Kevin (center) was featured in other photos as he and his pals bonded over beers outside

Letting loose: The trio seemed ready to have a good time as they clinked drinks

Letting loose: The trio seemed ready to have a good time as they clinked drinks 

Morales seemed to suggest that Kevin’s parenting would take more of a spotlight, possibly due to Britney’s recent wins against her conservatorship. 

‘NOW THE WORLD WILL SEE HOW MUCH OF A GREAT #DAD HE HAS BEEN!’ he added.

In a second photo, he hunched down playfully while Jayden flashed a peace sign and Sean gave him bunny ears. 

Kevin was featured in other photos as he and his pals bonded over beers outside. 

Morales capped off his post with an impressive video of Sean revealing that he’s following in his mother’s footsteps with his own musical talents.

He pounded away at an upright piano with a spooky-sounding tune as Kevin’s friend cheered in the background. 

Family gift: Morales capped off his post with an impressive video of Sean revealing that he's following in his mother's footsteps with his own musical talents

Family gift: Morales capped off his post with an impressive video of Sean revealing that he’s following in his mother’s footsteps with his own musical talents

Britney’s relationship with her sons’ father began in the spring of 2004, and by July of that year she was engaged to the dancer.

Their relationship was documented on the five-episode reality series Britney And Kevin: Chaotic, before they got marred in September 2004.

The couple welcomed their first son Sean in September 2005, and Jayden followed just two days shy of a year later.

In November 2006, a month after Jayden’s birth, Britney filed for divorce from Kevin.

The songstress’ children were involved in her involuntary hospitalization in 2008 after she refused to give up custody of the boys to her ex.

She was committed to a psychiatric ward and Kevin was temporarily given full custody of the boys.

Shortly afterward, her long-running conservatorship was put in place. 

In September, Britney’s father Jamie Spears was suspended from leading the conservatorship. 

Short-lived: Britney's relationship with her sons' father began in the spring of 2004, and by July of that year she was engaged to the dancer. They married in September, and she filed for divorce in November 2006; seen in 2004

Short-lived: Britney’s relationship with her sons’ father began in the spring of 2004, and by July of that year she was engaged to the dancer. They married in September, and she filed for divorce in November 2006; seen in 2004

Custody origins: Britney's father Jamie Spears, who was suspended as her conservator last month, was instituted in the position after she refused to give up custody of the boys to her ex in 2008

Custody origins: Britney’s father Jamie Spears, who was suspended as her conservator last month, was instituted in the position after she refused to give up custody of the boys to her ex in 2008




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