Pop star Britney Spears is allegedly heading for divorce from her husband Sam Asghari. Asghari, a model, personal trainer, and actor, is allegedly attempting to blackmail the singer into renegotiating their prenuptial agreement with threats to release “embarrassing” personal information about her. The allegations of a prenup battle and split were first reported by Page Six.
Sam Asghari is threatening to release ‘extraordinarily embarrassing’ information about Britney Spears if their prenup is not renegotiated, Page Six reports.
He allegedly wants Britney to pay him more than what their prenup provides following their split. pic.twitter.com/hFNeUkcVq2
— Pop Base (@PopBase) August 16, 2023
The couple married in June 2022, months after the singer was reportedly released from her decades long restrictive conservatorship. Spears was placed in the arrangement by her parents following a manic episode that led to her bipolar disorder diagnosis shortly after. Spears alleged that she was forced to perform, maintain an IUD as a form of birth control, and had restricted access to her two sons, who she shares with ex husband Kevin Federline.
The wedding was attended by numerous celebrities from different sectors of the entertainment industry. Given Spears’ high profile legal battle, fans of the star previously questioned Asghari’s motives for marriage.
That’s how you know he wasn’t in it for love. They always come with all the dirt when it’s over but play the part when together 🙄 pic.twitter.com/N4LVI772B3
— DIABLO DA SLEEZE 🔥 (@LosTexasDiablo) August 16, 2023
While the claims regarding Asghari allegedly attempting to blackmail the singer remain unconfirmed, many continue to point out that this form of manipulation is illegal.
uhhh isn’t that blackmail?? AKA illegal?
— a girl with no face ⚡️ (@Stop_Hammerzeit) August 16, 2023
Many joked that Asghari remained fairly unknown until his relationship with Spears.
Sam Asghari's new job after he divorces Britney Spears: pic.twitter.com/8GwCCrqMd1
— boredjesse (@boredjesse) August 16, 2023
Some felt disappointed that Asghari appeared to support Spears during such a challenging point in her life, only to allegedly turn on her.
you stayed with britney when she was fighting the biggest battle of her life then you turn around and blackmail her for more money.. i knew it was something evil about him
— Madboy (@takecarehours) August 16, 2023
Asghari frequently spoke to the press on Spears’ behalf, or about their relationship. This dynamic had some questioning whether the conservatorship had only been replaced with another form of legal control.
That’s so sad. I’ve always thought their relationship was off because he was constantly filming her or speaking to the press on her behalf. I hope someone can emotionally support her at this time. Lord knows what she’s actually going through. ☹️
— hi! I’m Myi 😄 (@myi_savie) August 16, 2023
Elsewhere, some continue to recognize the strange trend in high profile celebrity divorces this year.
2023 is really the year for divorce omg like I didn’t even see this one coming
— steven ❀ (@arianaunext) August 16, 2023
Many are tracing their steps in the public reaction to Spears’ wedding. One X user commented that the wedding could have actually been intended as another form of control over the singer.
Sam Asghari took advantage of someone who was isolated and mentally vulnerable! If he had any self respect he would have never married her, simply dated her, let her enjoy her freedom, she went from conservatorship to married, 🤢! He tried to trap her.
— YO FILLI (@ElloMello_P) August 16, 2023
TMZ reported that Asghari allegedly confronted Spears over cheating rumors. Fans of the singer continue to accuse TMZ of biased reporting against Spears.
The vibes were off. Naturally per TMZ it’s all Britney’s fault. Typical.
— johnny. (@thejohnny81) August 16, 2023
On the cheating allegations, fans are already finding fallacy with the story. Spears was under a conservatorship for decades, and was essentially on house arrest outside of medical appointments and pre-determined appearances in public. This background in mind, some think that it was actually Asghari that cheated on Spears, and that he is circulating false information among the tabloid media.
Rumours say Britney cheated on him . She never left her home for like 20 years.
— Miatrades.eth (@Miamiatrades) August 16, 2023
I feel like it was her husband who cheated .
— Miatrades.eth (@Miamiatrades) August 16, 2023
Regardless of the truth of the situation, loyal fans of the singer continue to offer words of support to her during this difficult time.
Others sense that the marriage dissolving could wind up being a positive thing. If the theory regarding Asghari marrying Spears to control her is true, this could be Spears’ final step to freedom.
she’s free now pic.twitter.com/EjFNcCrUMQ
— ᴍᴜɴᴄʜ † (@ctrlaltbillie) August 16, 2023
Spears is yet to comment directly on the divorce, and neither has Asghari.