K-FED TO HIS MUSIC'S DETRACTORS: 'IF YOU WANT TO HATE ME, HATE ME!'

Published on: October 26, 2006
K-FED TO HIS MUSIC'S DETRACTORS: 'IF YOU WANT TO HATE ME, HATE ME!'

Kevin Federline has often been known to the public as Mr. Britney Spears, but as he readies his debut rap album, “Playing with Fire” for release later this month, he’s out to prove he’s much more than just a celebrity’s husband: he’s an actual celebrity!

Regardless of the album’s initial reception, Federline is prepared to defend his new record—and his on-the-rise career—to the fullest extent possible.

During a recent outing to promote his new disc, Britney’s man got himself body slammed at a WWE event—and was prepared to roll with the punches when WWE champion John Cena smack-talked the performer in the ring, hurling lines like “The album is called “Playing With Fire?” They should call it “The Biggest Scumbag on Earth!” and "You're less talented than Paris Hilton!" into Federline’s corner.

In an effort to maintain his street cred, Federline came back with a remark about having the opportunity to drag Cena around the mat, but received quite a surprised when the 240-lb Cena pretended to shake Federline's hand before lifting him in the air and body slamming him to the mat.

Outside of the ring, Federline has launched a mass media campaign to further his career—an appearance on The Tonight Show and appeasing paparazzi photos all over Las Vegas have filled recent days—and has one thing to say to the public who will determine the fate of “Playing With Fire” in a few short weeks.

“If you want to hate me, cool, hate me,” the 28-year-old told People magazine. “You know why? Because all it's going to do is help me.”