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Britney Spears and Sam Asghari, who met on the set of her music video “Slumber Party” in 2016, have decided to end their marriage after 14 months. The pop star and the fitness trainer filed for divorce on Wednesday, citing irreconcilable differences. Here’s what we know about their relationship and their breakup.
Who is Britney Spears’ husband?
Sam Asghari, age 29, is a model, actor, and fitness instructor who was born in Iran and moved to the US as a teenager. He has appeared in several music videos, TV shows, and movies, including ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’ and ‘Black Monday.’ He also runs his own fitness company, Asghari Fitness.
Asghari and Spears, 41, started dating in late 2016, after exchanging phone numbers on the set of her music video. They went public with their relationship on Instagram in January 2017 and often shared photos and videos of themselves working out, dancing, or traveling together.
Spears was under a court-ordered conservatorship since 2008, which gave her father Jamie Spears control over her finances and personal affairs. Asghari proposed to Spears in September 2021, shortly after she was allowed to hire her own lawyer and before the end of her conservatorship. Asghari supported Spears throughout that ordeal, wearing #FreeBritney shirts. They got married in June 2022, in a lavish ceremony in Hawaii.
Why are they getting divorced?
According to the divorce documents, Asghari and Spears separated on July 28 of this year. The documents state that they have “irreconcilable differences” that have caused the “irremediable breakdown” of their marriage. The exact reasons for their split are not clear, but some sources have speculated that Spears’ ongoing legal battle over her conservatorship may have taken a toll on their relationship.
What have Spears and Asghari said about the divorce?
Asghari addressed the divorce in a statement on his Instagram Stories. He said that he and Spears have decided to “end our journey together” and that he wishes her “the best always.” Recognizing how public the situation is, he simply said on Instagram, “Asking for privacy seems ridiculous so I will just ask for everyone including media to be kind and thoughtful.”
Spears has not commented on the reason for the divorce, but in an Instagram post she said, “6 years is a long time to be with someone so, I’m a little shocked but … I’m not here to explain why because its honestly nobody’s business.”
Britney Spears’ upcoming memoir
Spears is set to release her memoir, titled “The Woman in Me,” this fall. The book promises to reveal “the truth about her life,” including details about her years in the conservatorship. The memoir will reportedly not be edited to reflect the divorce from Asghari, as it was already completed and sent to the publishers before the couple separated.
‘The Woman in Me’ is set to be released on October 24 of this year, and is being published by Simon and Schuster. Spears will make $15 million from the sale of the book, reportedly one of the biggest book deals in history.