The personal trainer who married pop superstar Britney Spears last year is seeking to divorce her 14 months after their wedding. Sam Asghari cited “irreconcilable differences” in his Wednesday filing in Los Angeles Superior Court. He is seeking spousal support and payment of his legal fees by Spears. He also wants to establish the value of Spears’ assets and those they own together. Representatives for Spears haven’t responded to requests for comment.
The 29-year-old Asghari met Spears while filming her video for Slumber Party in 2016. They began dating and engaged in September of 2021, as it became clear that a judge would end the conservatorship that had ruled over her life and finances for 13 years. The couple married in June of the following year, in front of guests including Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, and Madonna at her home in Thousand Oaks. The marriage symbolized Spears’ newfound freedom and the start of a fresh chapter in her life following years of turmoil.
It’s unclear if the separation comes after some argument, but TMZ reported on Thursday that “deep trouble” had been brewing between the pair and that Asghari had recently moved out of Spears’ home. The gossip site claimed Spears was unhappy with Asghari’s lavish lifestyle and erratic behavior.
In a statement on Instagram, Asghari said he and Spears “have decided to end our journey together.” He added: “I love you with all my heart and will always cherish the memories we made together. I wish you the best in this exciting next chapter of your life.”
Asghari’s filing lists the date of separation as July 28. He asks the court to award him spousal support, but the amount is not specified. He is requesting a division of Spears’ assets and wants the court to determine the value of her separate property. Spears and Asghari have no children together.
It’s the third marriage for Spears, who was previously married to childhood friend Jason Alexander in 2004 and dancer, Kevin Federline in 2007. The two have a 2-year-old son, Jayden, who is with Federline.
Spears has been busy since her split from Asghari was announced, releasing music and promoting her new memoir, The Woman in Me. She also recently announced a new project, a collaborative album with producer Elton John. The singer is preparing to release her first fragrance in nearly a decade and is working on a documentary about her career and mental health struggles. She has also been taking on more acting roles. Earlier this month, she appeared in the short film The Rhythm Is in the Streets with rapper 21 Savage. She will be in a new season of the HBO series Glee and the upcoming movie King Johnny with actor Jamie Foxx.