Divorce, breakdown and father guardianship – that’s far behind Britney Spears. Now the pop star is fulfilling a long-cherished wish: the next marriage has begun.
Britney Spears (40, “Baby One More Time”) and her fiancé Sam Asghari (28) have repeatedly expressed their intention to marry.
Just a month ago, the singer posted a photo of her new cat on white tulle on Instagram. “This is the veil for my wedding dress,” Spears wrote. However, the couple did not reveal an appointment.
But now it has happened: in front of dozens of celebrity guests, the couple said yes on Thursday evening (local time) at Spears’ property in Thousand Oaks, California. “I’m absolutely thrilled that the day is here and they’re married,” Asghari’s spokesman, Brandon Cohen, told the German Press Agency after the ceremony. “I know that he (Asghari) has wanted this for a long time.”
Celebrity guests at the wedding
Fans looked in vain on Instagram for the first photos of the celebration on the wedding night – Spears and Asghari initially did not allow a look behind the scenes. But photographers lay in wait. According to media reports, the wedding ceremony took place in front of around 60 guests. According to People.com, singer Madonna, actress Drew Barrymore, reality star Paris Hilton and fashion designer Donatella Versace were invited. “Eonline.com” posted photos of the arrival of the celebrity wedding guests. A horse-drawn carriage and a large marquee in the garden could be seen.
According to “TMZ.com”, Britney’s parents and her younger sister Jamie Lynn were missing from the guest list – the singer has long and deeply fallen out with her family.
An uninvited guest made headlines hours before the wedding. Jason Alexander (40), who was married to Spears for a few hours in 2004, was arrested in front of the pop singer’s house. Employees had sounded the alarm when he walked around the property and said Britney had invited him. He was here to “storm” the wedding, he said in a livestream video released by TMZ.com. The police rushed over. Alexander was taken into custody because of an outstanding arrest warrant in another matter, the authority said.
Two short marriages
Spears celebrated the lightning marriage with her childhood friend Alexander in Las Vegas in 2004, but 55 hours later the end came – the marriage was quickly annulled. In the same year she gave the yes word to dancer Kevin Federline in California. After two years of marriage and two children, the relationship broke up. At times, a bitter custody battle broke out around the sons Sean Preston (16) and Jayden James (15).
Spears continued to make headlines. Aborted stays in rehab and mental breakdowns followed. From 2008, the singer was under the guardianship of her father. That only changed last year when Spears fought back her freedom in court, supported by celebrities and fans who started the “Free Britney” movement.
In emotional hearings, she accused her father and other caregivers of totally controlling and enriching her. Spears testified in court that she would like to marry and have another child – but under the guardianship she was not allowed to do so. Last November, after 13 years under guardianship, a judge drew the line.
Spears met Asghari on set
Asghari met her in 2016 on the set of her music video “Slumber Party”, in which he played her lover. On New Year’s Day 2017, the singer of hits like “Oops! … I Did It Again», «Baby One More Time» and «Gimme More» officially announced their relationship with Asghari on Instagram. In their social media posts, the two seem inseparable. Last September he proposed to her.
In mid-April, Spears announced to her 41 million Instagram followers that she was expecting a baby. Asghari wrote that he had always wanted to be a father. But a few weeks later, Spears suffered a miscarriage. “It is with great sadness that we have to announce that we lost our miracle baby early in pregnancy,” the couple said in mid-May.