I’m going to go out on a limb and say Kevin Federline might be the best living representation of that bizarre time period that was the early-to-mid 2000s. While I equate other famous people with those exact years—Jennifer Lopez, Pink, Usher, Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake—they all managed to evolve and move on, causing my perception to shift and modernize. K-Fed? Not so much. For me, the former famous backup dancer and aspiring rapper will always be frozen in time, a jumbled 2005-themed tableau of saggy jeans, fedoras, oversized blazers, Solo cups, Hanes ribbed tank tops, and Cheshire-cat grin.
I remember when he married Britney Spears like it was yesterday, the result of a three-month fling that had the nation bemoaning the fact that he was corrupting America’s sweetheart with his “white trash” ways that included leaving his pregnant fiancee Shar Jackson for Spears, letting Brit drive holding their infant on her lap, being the de facto spokesman for Cheetos and Red Bull, and encouraging his wife to participate in the 2005 reality television series “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic,” which consisted mostly of their grainy home videos.
Back in those days, I laughed along with everyone else at the K-Fed jokes made fast and furious by coworkers, family members, and late-night hosts, but looking at him now, I realized something fairly shocking: Kevin Federline was hot. Blame it on the fact that his style—streetwear mixed with the occasional “nice” piece—is back in a big way (sans fedora), but it’s hard to argue with the fact that from 2004 to 2006, K-Fed looked like a precursor to dudes like Justin Bieber.
Because the father of six turns 38 years old today, we invite you to take a walk down memory lane with 26 photos of K-Fed that’ll flood your heart with early-2000s nostalgia.