Britney Spears marries Sam Asghari, but not without drama about ex-husband

Britney Spears married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari in an intimate ceremony on Thursday, according to multiple media reports, including People and the BBC. The day was not spared drama, however.

Spears’ ex-husband Jason Alexander crashed at the wedding venue earlier in the afternoon before the wedding, according to the AP, before authorities were called. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Captain Cameron Henderson said officers arrested Alexander on an outstanding warrant in another county.

Alexander went live on Instagram while roaming the site, claiming to have the wedding security Spears invited him to. Spears and Alexander were married for 55 hours in 2004 before their marriage was annulled.

VickyT, the pop star’s assistant, appeared to explain the incident on her Instagram, saying, “Everyone is safe.”

The 40-year-old pop star and 28-year-old actor and fitness trainer announced their engagement in September 2021 on their respective Instagram accounts.

The engagement came in the wake of a court appearance by Spears in June 2021, when she spoke at a hearing in favor of ending her controversial 13-year conservatorship. In her testimony, Spears revealed that the conservatory had prevented her from entering into another marriage and forced her to have an IUD. Her conservatory officially ended in November 2021. Spears was previously married to Kevin Federline, with whom she has two sons.

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Asghari and Spears first met in 2016, on the set of her music video ‘Slumber Party’; in a 2017 radio interview with AMP 103.7, Spears revealed that five months after the shoot wrapped, she reached out to Asghari to reconnect.

“I found his number in my bag. I thought, ‘He’s really cute. This guy is really cute,” she said. “So then I called him, and he’s been just a really nice, funny person ever since.”

For his part, Asghari said that what drew him to Spears was her humble nature and personality. “It was the humility that attracted me,” he said in an interview with GQ† “She was very humble and she had a beautiful soul.”

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In the six years since they started dating, Spears and Asghari have not hesitated to declare their love publicly. Their social media feeds show selfies, workout videos and photos of the two sharing their lives together. Asghari has also been one of Spears’ strongest and most vocal advocates, especially during her conservatorship struggles.

“I’ve always wanted nothing but the best for my better half, and I will continue to support her by following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves,” he said in an interview with People† “I am grateful for all the love and support she is getting from her fans around the world, and I look forward to a normal, great future together.”

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