Sam Asghari confirms his divorce from Britney Spears: and so the legal and financial battle begins

One day after the world learned of their separation, the actor requested that the media ‘be kind and considerate’ and announced that he had filed for divorce. Asghari has left the door open to demand more property from singer

Britney Spears
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend the Los Angeles premiere of 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 22, 2019, in Hollywood, California.David Crotty (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)
María Porcel

Britney Spears’ separation from 29-year-old Sam Asghari is now official. Not only have U.S. media sources confirmed it, but also those directly involved. Only hours after the separation was made public, the singer published a photograph on her Instagram of herself riding a horse and said that she was planning on buying one. The actor, meanwhile, got straight to the point, and posted a brief statement explaining their breakup.

“After six years of mutual love and dedication, my wife and I have decided to end our journey together. We will maintain the love and respect that we have for each other and I will always wish her the best,” explained Asghari in a brief image posted on his Instagram stories. White words on a black background, no fuss. The actor continued, “This shit happens” and ended with a request for respect from the fans and the press: “Demanding privacy is ridiculous, so that I will simply ask everyone, including the media, to be kind and considerate.”

Privacy is clearly impossible for one of the most famous singers in the United States and the entire world. In this summer of many, many breakups, this is one of the big ones, if not the biggest, for the American press and its readers. They have watched Spears go from being a child star to an immensely successful pop singer, from a young woman with mental problems to a prisoner of her father’s conservatorship, from a free woman in search of achieving her dreams to three times divorced and estranged from her children. In this phase of her life, in which she has been seen rambling at times in her speeches and in the images she posts, Asghari has been her main support. But now that the two have separated, it has come to light that not everything was so idyllic and that the last few months have been so hard that, apparently, the actor is willing to fight legally to get more than what he originally intended.

Like all wealthy, media-friendly couples, there is a prenuptial agreement agreed upon and signed by both parties in advance that — according to the ever current U.S. press — would save Spears’ fortune and assets, estimated at more than $60 million (about €55 million). However, Asghari’s leaked divorce petition, which People and the BBC have seen, states that the reason for the marital breakdown was “irreconcilable differences.” The actor also asks the singer for “spousal support,” as well as that she bear the legal costs of the process. In addition, Asghari “reserves the right to modify” certain requests about their assets and regarding matters in common. In other words, despite the agreement that they would have signed before their wedding in June 2022, he would be determined to ask for more than what was established and, to do so, undertake a legal battle that could turn into a war.

Of course, the American tabloids go much further. There are constant accusations of Spears’ infidelity, always attributed to “very close sources” to the actor. Sources that speak of violent fights in the marriage and claim that Britney Spears had an affair with a member of her household staff while she was still with Sam Asghari. They say that he, who discovered the affair through pictures, intends to take matters into his own hands and, if he doesn’t get the money he wants, he has threatened to uncover scandals and air dirty laundry. But, at the moment, all of this is tabloid fodder, and should be taken with a grain of salt because above all it is TMZ that is relaying this information. It is true that they must be given the benefit of the doubt, since they were the first to announce the divorce (hours before the other media). It is certain that the media outlet has good sources, but sometimes they do not have such a deep knowledge of the issue and are based on rumors about rumors. We will have to wait for the couple to go to court to find out the truth.

What is certain is that, after this breakup, Spears will be left alone. Asghari was her main support in the six years of their relationship. The singer is not close to her family, and only a few months ago she published harsh words about them: “To this day, honestly, my family has no conscience and in their mind they really believe that they have not done anything wrong at all. They could at least take responsibility for their actions and acknowledge the fact that they hurt me.” Her legal team intends to call her father, Jamie, to the bench so that, above all, he can return more than $6.5 million (€6 million), which, she says, he kept during her conservatorship. Spears has also spoken harshly of her mother, Lynne, who has made attempts to talk to her on social networks to resume the relationship: “I am sooooo sorry for your pain! I’ve felt it all these years. I love you very much and I miss you. Please unblock me and let’s talk in person,” she wrote last October, to which Britney replied: “Not a damn person has defended me. Mom, take your apologies and fuck you!” With her sister Jamie Lynn, an actress, the relationship has been strained for years, loaded with mutual accusations, bickering and squabbling.

After 13 years under the conservatorship of her father, the singer barely maintains a relationship with her two children, Jayden, 17, and Sean, 16. Nor is she in regular touch with her ex-husband and father of the boys, Kevin Federline; nor with her first ex, Jason Alexander, a childhood friend with whom she was married for 55 hours in 2004. A child prodigy who lived from filming to filming, she doesn’t have many friends from her childhood or her adulthood. Her wedding was attended by barely fifty guests, including Madonna, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, and Selena Gomez. As she implied in her photos, some of them, like Gomez, until then she had not even met in person.

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