After all that Britney Spears has been through, she has finally found love and happiness with her husband, Sam Asghari. Unfortunately, many fans believe her 'knight in shining armor' might be too good to be true…
In 2020, the world bore witness to the birth of #FreeBritney. It was a human rights movement so strong it united people all over the world and sparked significant changes for Britney and her family.
The extensive campaign to free Britney Spears from the constraints of her father-controlled conservatorship was based on the singer's incredible widespread popularity. After years of being unable to make her own decisions and control her finances, fans just wanted to see Britney happy. This brings us to Sam...
Mr. & Mrs.
Throughout all these struggles, fans were happy to see that Britney had a man by her side. As she attended multiple court hearings, Sam Asghari appeared alongside her, holding her arm tightly and lending his emotional support. In the eyes of Hollywood and the media, he was Britney's savior.
"He helps boost her confidence and assures her that everything will go well," a source told Page Six in 2021. Under the surface, fans wanted to know more about this man on Britney's arm, and soon, the internet was divided over their feelings towards him. But where did it all go wrong?
His Humble Roots
The now-husband of the pop queen came from humble beginnings, born in Tehran, Iran. When he was just two years old, his father moved to the United States to become a tow truck driver. At age twelve, Sam finally decided to follow in his father's footsteps, joining him in America.
In 2018, Sam spoke with Men's Health Magazine about his difficult decision to leave the country. "I had to leave my friends and family, who I was very close with, and I knew I was moving away and never coming back," he said. His mother and sisters remain in Iran to this day.
In his younger years, Sam developed a love for sports. He spent all his free time playing sports and dreamed of one day making it big as a famous sportsman. Talking to Men's Health, Asghari joked his backup plan was a career in law reinforcement or "anything that didn't require much education."
Upon landing in the US, Sam set out to make his dreams a reality. He joined his high school's football team and played briefly for both his colleges - the University of Nebraska Lincoln and Los Angeles Moorpark College. Ultimately, he left it all behind for a degree in criminal justice at Pierce College.
Soon after graduating, Sam found himself drawn back into the fitness world. He successfully channeled his love for working out and eating healthy into a personal weight loss goal. After losing 100 pounds, he launched his wellness Instagram account showing off his new physique.
From this platform and increased exposure, Asghari developed his career as a personal trainer, eventually establishing Asghari Fitness. This membership program offers its customers customized meal and fitness plans. As his business grew, so did his levels of fame - and his Instagram followers continued to increase in number.
From "Masculine" Cop To Model
Sam was also making his way in the modeling industry, a move which he credits to his sister. "I was a very masculine guy—I played football and was in the police academy," he explained to MH. "My sister said, 'I will take you to this audition, just come with me.'" At age 21, he booked his first runaway show for Michael Costello.
As a natural leap from modeling, Sam began auditioning for small acting parts. By 2016, Asghari had landed himself roles in two big-name music projects. The first was as one of the charming construction workers in Fifth Harmony's Work From Home, and the second was for a very famous pop icon...
Asghari had been hired by Britney in October 2016 to play her love interest in the music video for Slumber Party. Talking to Men's Health, the model looked back on the day he first met his future wife and the encounter that left him with "butterflies."
"She said, 'Hi, I'm Britney,' and I said, 'I'm sorry. What's your name again?'" he recalled. "I tried to be funny. I don't think anybody got it." Seemingly Britney saw the humor in his joke, and the pair swapped numbers to plan a sushi date. And at the start of 2017, the couple went public with their relationship.
All Fun & Games
By looking at both Sam and Britney's Instagram pictures and stories, it's clear that the couple shares a lot of laughs. They frequently show off their fun activities and love to use playful accompanying filters to show they don't take themselves too seriously.
With all the drama surrounding Britney, her fans were happy to finally see her smiling. The couple also loves to travel around the world together, often uploading pictures from their vacation spots. Sam and Britney love to visit Miami and also spend some time in Hawaii.
Blowing Off Steam
Following the 'work hard, play hard' approach, Sam and Britney balance out the fun with some intense workout sessions. The personal trainer revealed to Men's Health Magazine that his favorite client is his wife, and the two enjoy sweating it out in Britney's at-home gym.
"Working out together is always nice," he explained. "It's super healthy, mentally and physically. It takes your mind off of everything else." The couple regularly post videos of their sessions on Instagram, with Britney taking on the video director role. "It's a very fun thing, and I look back at them and smile," Sam explained.
Luckiest Girl in the World
"She motivates me more than anyone," some told Men's Health. "It's crazy how I can be humbled by a person like her. I grew up with three sisters, and my personality is just to be a supportive person for my family, and she's family. She is another blessing that happened to me."
Britney, too, has made it clear to the world that Sam brings out the best version of her. In an Instagram post dedicated to her partner, she wrote, "every day, he inspires me to be a better person, and that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world!!"
With the debut of Framing Britney Spears, the world became privy to the tragic details of Britney Spears' conservatorship. Following the online backlash, Sam took his socials to declare his position on the matter, stressing his anger towards Jamie Spears.
"Now it's important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way," he wrote in an Instagram story. "In my opinion, Jamie is a total d***." He appeared to be the leader of Britney's army.
Loving His Lioness
In that vein, Asghari publicly showed his support for the #FreeBritney campaign, particularly in the lead-up to the conservatorship hearing. Alongside a picture of himself in a #freebritney t-shirt, he included a lion emoji. This was in reference to the 'lioness' nickname he uses for Britney, in a nod to her unwavering strength.
"Sam has been a huge support for Britney," confirmed a Page Six source at the time. "He helps boost her confidence and assures her that everything will go well. He has been following the #FreeBritney movement online for a while now and always tells Britney how much she's loved and supported by fans."
On September 12, 2021, the couple stepped things up a notch by getting engaged. Spears was the first to break the news with an Instagram post. "I can't f***ing believe it!!!!!!" she captioned the photo of her four-carat Forever Diamonds ring. The word 'lioness' was engraved on the inside of the band.
Sam's manager soon after released a supporting statement. "The couple made their long-standing relationship official today and are deeply touched by the support, dedication, and love expressed to them," he said. The Forever Diamonds CEO also paid tribute to the couple with a congratulatory statement on their website.
As soon as the engagement was announced, fans immediately began to speculate about Sam's true intentions. Up until this point, many had assumed it was a casual thing, especially considering their thirteen-year age gap. Internet groups and social media channels were filled with speculations.
Many questions arose: who was this man? What did he want from Britney? Soon after the proposal, Britney's Instagram profile was deleted. What had been behind this decision? Had he made her do this? Hundreds of people on the internet felt that something wasn't right.
The internet had also not let go of the fact that Sam was accused of cheating on Britney when they had first started dating. In 2017, just after the couple went public with their relationship, a model named Morgan Osman posted a photo of her and Asghari kissing.
"So much fun the other day, so many memories and more videos to come #britneyspears #britneyarmy #samasghari #britneyfamily," she shockingly captioned the photo. When fans attacked Osman and rushed to Britney's defense, she deleted the post. "Britney, he is using you," she declared.
A large number of Britney's fans seemed to have an issue with the fast pace at which Britney and Sam's relationship escalated. As early as 2017, the same month the couple went public, sources reported that the couple was considering marriage and children. Britney even declared her "mad love" for the actor.
"She wants to get engaged to her boyfriend. She thinks Sam would not only be the perfect partner, but he'd be a perfect stepfather to her kids. They'd love to get married as soon as her Vegas residency ends this December ," a source told In Touch at the time. They also reported she had bought herself a ring as a hint.
New Taste of Freedom
On September 29, the world celebrated the news of Britney's freedom from her father, Jamie Spears. Judge Brenda Penny suspended Jamie's ability to control his daughter's estate, officially ending her thirteen-year conservatorship. Asghari made sure to join in on the big moment, publically congratulating his fiance.
"Free Britney! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!" he wrote on an Instagram story. The accompanying photo showed him handing Britney a pink rose. In a second story, he posted a picture of a lioness and referenced the efforts of her fans. "She did this... Her fan base is called the army for a reason."
With the end of the conservatorship and the upcoming wedding, Britney was finally ready for a fresh start. At the time, a source talked to E! News about Britney's current state of mind. "Britney is very excited to embrace her full freedom. Britney and Sam both want to live closer to the city and have discussed buying a new house."
"Britney wants new energy," the source continued. "She is excited to be around more people and be able to be out and about as she pleases. It's very liberating and exciting to her. This is the happiest she has been in a very long time, and she is soaking it all in."
In April 2022, the Spears army was ecstatic when the singer announced on Instagram she was expecting her third child - the first with Asghari. "So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby," she wrote under a picture of her growing belly.
Soon after, Sam confirmed the news. "Marriage and kids are a natural part of a strong relationship filled with love and respect. Fatherhood is something I have always looked forward to, and I don't take lightly. It is the most important job I will ever do." Just a few weeks later, Britney tragically lost the baby.
Despite all the rumors and negative press surrounding Asghari, the couple said "I do" in June 2022. The beautiful ceremony took place in Britney's mansion's backyard. Donatella Versace designed the wedding gown, and the guest list included the likes of Paris Hilton, Selena Gomez and Madonna.
Although Britney's parents were not invited to the ceremony, her mother commented on her daughter's wedding Instagram post. "You look radiant and so happy! Your wedding is the 'Dream' wedding! And having it at your home makes it so sentimental and special! I am soooo happy for you! I love you!"
Not As It Seems
While the Instagram pictures may have represented the couple as the epitome of marital bliss, the rest of the world was not convinced. Many people online analyzed photos of Sam and Britney, believing she seemed internally sad. They speculated that Britney had limited freedom within the relationship.
"I can't watch her. Poor thing just seems so gone. It's too sad," a fan wrote on TikTok. "I think the new husband is up to something," agreed another. "She's still controlled!" speculated a TikTok user. Many believed something was going on behind the scenes and flocked to the internet with their conspiracy theories...
A Hired Spy?
One of the most prominent theories online suggests that Sam was hired by those running Britney's conservatorship. They speculate that he was tasked with winning her over and spying on her, reporting back his findings to them. They maintain that Sam has never been romantically interested in Britney.
"I feel like this marriage was their next way to control her because they couldn't do it through the conservatorship anymore," a fan wrote on TikTok. "They let her meet him and fall for him, and he's been in on it since day 1. He probably made a deal with Jamie, and he's still being given money," another speculated.
"I Actually Know How They Met"
Casting agent Ajay Rochester addressed these rumors in a TikTok video. "My friends have been telling me to tell this story for ages, and I've been seeing all the theories that he was hired by the family to control Britney and all that kind of thing. I actually know how they met, and I just thought I'd share it here."
She explained that Britney had requested the model from her last video, but he had "wanted too much money." After three potential men were found on a casting site at the last minute, the options were sent to Britney to decide. "So, he wasn't hired, he wasn't a mole, he wasn't a paid member of this conspiracy," she clarified.
However, despite this reveal, fans were still not satisfied. In the comments section of Rochester's video, they explained that they had not believed Sam was a conspirator from the start but instead was paid off by Jamie after finding out the pair had met.
"Maam we think he became a handler AFTER the video, not before," a user commented. "After he was hired by you guys, you don't know what happened between him and her family behind the scenes. They could have got him onboard," insisted another unconvinced fan.
An Aspiring Star
Fans couldn't help but notice the considerable difference in their levels of fame and fortune, questioning the clarity of his motives. "Who's paying for the mansion and things? He cannot be making as much as her. He seems shady AF," wrote a TikTok user. "Britney, get yourself a tech guy. Not a wanna-be star," another fan posted.
These feelings intensified when US Weekly revealed Sam's unusual prenup requests. "The talks have been taking longer than usual. Sam wants substantial increases for every five years they are married, should it end" so he "doesn't end up penniless if they separate," they reported.
Fans begged Britney to sign a prenup in an effort to protect her estate, fearing Sam was in on the marriage for the money alone. And it wasn't just the online activists who were expressing their concern for Britney. Hollywood actress Octavia Spencer also joined the campaign, telling Britney to "make him sign a prenup."
Sam's response to these conversations raised even more eyebrows as he appeared to laugh off the issue. "Thank you everyone who is concerned about the prenup! Of course, we're getting iron-clad prenup to protect my Jeep and shoe collection in case she dumps me one day," he wrote on his Instagram story.
Inconsistencies in His Past
It doesn't help Sam's case that some of his personal details have been discredited by multiple sources. Back in his 2018 interview with Men's Health, Asghari explained he had wanted to play football professionally and had played for the University of Nebraska during his freshman year.
Following this, Hail Varsity reporter Erin Sorenson began to investigate the validity of these claims. "I've checked rosters, texted people that would've been on the team when he would have been, searched recruiting sites... Nothing adds up," they wrote. As the reporter alleged, Sam was never on the team. What was going on here?
Cry for Help?
Fans grew concerned when Britney posted a series of Instagram posts they deemed erratic. For example, in the space of one day, Britney posted the same picture three times with an identical caption. A published and deleted video of Britney dancing "yesterday" also triggered worry when fans noticed it was filmed in her old house.
Her comment section was filled with those wondering where Sam was and why he wasn't there to help her through these clearly emotional moments. "He's been gone working!!!" the pop star responded. "Supposed to be a week, but ended up being a whole month."
The Chef Theory
One of the more peculiar theories online surrounds the idea that Sam was hired to be Britney's personal chef. It's no secret that Asghari has some serious culinary skills up his sleeve, and many believe he is flexing his muscles in Britney's kitchen in exchange for payment.
Groups online have alleged that Asghari is listed on court documents as her chef. According to these sources, he is paid $500 per day to prepare food for the star five days a week. With this, they have concluded that he was under the conservatorship payroll all along. The censored nature of the documents has left this theory unprovable.
The one thing that unites all of Britney's fans is their deep desire for Britney to be happy. While one group is certain Sam is ensuring just that, others fear he will eventually turn his back on her and break her heart. As far spread as these conspiracies are, no truths have been confirmed.
For now, the couple seems blissfully happy - in the public eye, at least. They maintain a united public front, showing they are unaffected by all of the theories suggesting otherwise. We pray the internet is totally wrong and the two live happily ever after! Stay tuned.