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Everything To Know About The Britney Spears and Sam Asghari Divorce Timeline

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By Kristin Myers on August 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM EDT
Updated on February 2, 2024 at 1:39 PM EST

Pop star Britney Spears and actor Sam Asghari have called it quits on their relationship.

The two met on the set of her "Slumber Party" music video in 2016 and started dating shortly afterward. The former couple became engaged in September 2021, two months before her conservatorship was struck down by a judge in November 2021. The two tied the knot in a star-studded wedding at her Thousand Oaks estate in California in June 2022.

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Unfortunately, there were reports of marital trouble almost immediately. In December 2022, Britney confessed that her husband "hates" her meditation practice and said she had "gone bonkers" in a since-deleted Instagram post, admitting that she did not eat for a day because she was so upset and ended up crying in her car instead. Sam may have been attempting to do damage control when he posted a photo of them hiking and meditating together on Christmas Day, but by March 2023, they were each photographed without their wedding rings.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the actor filed for divorce on August 16, but the true split came much earlier, as the actor listed July 28, 2023, as the official date of separation in his court filing.

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The News Of Their Split Became Public On August 16, 2023

Britney Spears poses alongside Sam Asghari
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The first news of their split arrived on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. That afternoon, TMZ was the first to report that Sam had moved out of the home after a huge fight and that the two were heading for divorce. One source alleged that Britney had cheated on the actor, adding, “It’s only a matter of time before Sam files for divorce.”

A few hours later,  a source told Page Six that it looked like Sam was going to contest the prenup. The insider divulged that the actor was “attempting to negotiate concessions beyond his prenup and threatening to go public with extraordinarily embarrassing information about Britney unless he gets paid.”

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Another source told the outlet that “Any money she made before the wedding is protected” and noted that she had hired high-power divorce lawyer Laura Wasser to represent her. According to the divorce filing obtained by The Blast, Sam hired divorce lawyer Neal Hersh to represent him.

On Wednesday afternoon, the world learned that the couple was separating; however, by Wednesday night, it looked like Sam had already filed for divorce. ET was the first to report confirmation that the actor had filed for divorce. “Britney and Sam have split. She’s adamant she didn’t cheat. The two haven’t got along for a while and it finally came to an end after a major blowup,” a source told the outlet.

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“She has been denying any cheating allegations and going through a lot of emotions,” the source continued. “She is hurt because the situation brings up old feelings for her. This is the last thing she needed, especially after her boys moved to Hawaii, being worried about the fires there, and so on.”

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Her two teenage sons, Sean Preston Federline, 17, and Jayden James Federline, 16, were reportedly “upset” by the wildfires in Maui after moving to Hawaii with Kevin Federline on August 1, 2023. Britney was married to K-Fed from 2004 to 2007. Ironically, on the same day as Britney’s divorce, a private school dismissed their lawsuit against the family after previously claiming that he owed more than $16,000 in unpaid tuition.

The source went on to tell ET, “She has been trying to get back on her feet and be healthy emotionally, physically, and mentally. Britney has people by her side and her immediate circle is there for her,” adding, “They are rallying around her.” Britney has reportedly made amends with her mother, Lynne Spears, and her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, over the past few months.

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“Britney and Sam have had ups and downs throughout their relationship. They have a lot of love for each other, but they also argue a lot over fundamental issues,” they continued. “Sometimes they feel as though each other’s needs aren’t being completely met. Recently, things took a bad turn and their arguments became more serious and real.”

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Another source told the outlet that the former couple “have had issues on and off as a couple since before they were married.”

“Their issues tend to get worse when they are away from each other and spending time apart. Britney has the tendency to feel like she isn’t being prioritized by Sam at times,” the insider alleged. “Their arguments have led them to become unhappy at times in their relationship. They are also on different pages when it comes to their future as a couple, which has been a point of contention.”

By Wednesday night, the world learned that Sam had filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as a reason for their split and demanding both spousal support and attorney’s fees. He also seemed ready to contest the prenup.

In the divorce filing, Sam wrote: “Petitioner has yet to determine the full nature and extent of the separate property assets and obligations of each party. There are various items of community and quasi-community assets and debts, the full nature and extent of which are unknown to Petitioner at this time.”

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Britney Spears Seems Unbothered By Divorce News, Plans To Buy Two Horses

Britney Spears rides a horse
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On Wednesday night, the Princess of Pop took to Instagram for the first time since the news of the divorce broke. However, she did not discuss the divorce at all. Instead, she revealed her plans to buy two horses that she planned to name Sophie and Roar.

In the caption of this Instagram post, Britney wrote, “Buying a horse soon ? !!! So many options it’s kinda hard !!! A horse called Sophie and another called Roar ? ??? I can’t make up my mind ? !!! Should I join the camaraderie and put a pink cowboy hat on ? ??? Either way I think I found my sweet spot with Roar ? !!!”

The following day, Thursday, August 17, there was growing concern for Britney’s mental health, as many wondered if her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, and her mother, Lynne Spears, were supporting her in the divorce.

On Thursday morning, a source told Page Six that the “Hold Me Closer” singer was still not “on good terms with her family” despite meeting up with them earlier this summer. “Her meeting with her mom, went OK, but there’s still a lot of hurt there, so they haven’t quite reconciled,” the insider said. “Britney is still very angry with Jamie Lynn, too.”

The insider called the pop star “isolated, especially now without Sam,” but said that she is “hanging in there, all things considered.”

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Later on Thursday, allegations of domestic violence emerged. Sources told TMZ that Britney once gave the actor a black eye while he was sleeping. Additionally, a source claimed that Sam “frequently complained” about Britney “getting physical.” They also noted that there were numerous instances where security had to intervene in their fights.

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On one occasion, an insider alleged that Sam was sleeping in bed when Britney “flew off the handle and began punching him.” They claimed that Sam made no effort to strike back. The incident reportedly happened around January 2023, when Sam had been photographed by paparazzi with what looked like a black eye and bite marks on his arm. The outlet reported that Sam tried to “play it off” at the time when interacting with paparazzi and asked not to be photographed.

Britney Spears poses alongside Sam Asghari
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At the same time, the outlet claimed that Britney had a “fascination with knives” and kept them in her bedroom. Sources told the outlet that she “was paranoid someone was going to get her, and she needed the knives as protection.” They also noted that Sam was “terrified” that Britney might “fly off the handle.”

Shortly after Kevin Federline wished his ex-wife “all the best” in the split, new allegations about infidelity emerged. Sources told TMZ on Thursday afternoon that Britney had reportedly asked one employee to film a video of her posing without clothes on. Britney has often shared unclothed photos and videos on Instagram, so the allegation did not surprise many fans.

However, there was growing skepticism around the claim that Britney “hooked up with at least one of the male staff members” that worked out of the home. The outlet claimed that Sam had seen footage of Britney in a “compromising position” with this employee, but it’s unclear if they actually engaged in intercourse.

Earlier in the day, the outlet had also mentioned that Britney had little support amid her divorce. “She has one confidant, [her manager] Cade [Hudson]. Then there’s her security team, and after that, her support system falls off a cliff,” the source said on Thursday afternoon.

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Sam Asghari Dismisses His Six-Year Relationship As ‘Sh*t Happens’

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On Thursday afternoon, shortly after the allegations of domestic abuse and infidelity had been published, Sam took to his Instagram Stories to say that he wished Britney “the best always.”

“After 6 years of love and commitment to each other my wife and I have decided to end our journey together,” he wrote. “We will hold onto the love and respect we have for each other and I wish her the best always. S--- happens. Asking for privacy seems [ridiculous] so I will just ask for everyone including media to be kind and thoughtful.”

That same night, a source told Page Six that Britney is “focused” on releasing a new album around the same time her memoir, “The Woman In Me,” hits stores on October 24, 2023. “Ideally, she would love to do a record and maybe a song for the book release,” one insider shared, while another claimed that she “has an upcoming writers camp and is getting songs from some big artists.”

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That same day, sources revealed that Britney’s mother Lynne was standing by her daughter. One insider told the Daily Mail that Lynne was “furious” with the actor for “abandoning” her daughter and was “begging” the pop star to leave her Thousand Oaks estate in Los Angeles and come stay with her in Louisiana to “heal and regroup.”

“Lynne is furious at [Sam] for abandoning Britney,” a source divulged. “He took a vow to stand by her side through sickness and health – and he knew she was not well [when they married].” They continued, “Lynne is begging [Britney] to leave LA and live with her,” adding, “LA is toxic and the only thing keeping her there was [Sam]. Lynne believes she can heal and regroup in Louisiana, then return to LA when she is ready.”

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The source claimed that they thought Sam was a “kind guy” after Britney first met him in 2016. “The sensible people in her life will be sad that the marriage is over. The feeling was that he thought he could save her, but maybe there is no saving Britney,” the source said, while a second insider alleged that Sam “checked out of the marriage” when he realized Britney “could not be saved.”

They claimed that the actor “sat at home and played video games all day” before deciding to call it quits on their marriage after fourteen months. “Instead of working with her family to get her help, [they feel that] he abandoned her as soon as things got tough,” the insider alleged, noting that it was doubtful that anyone would try to subject Britney to another conservatorship.

The day after he filed for divorce, a rep for the actor, Brandon Cohen, told The Hollywood Reporter that Sam had no intention of challenging the prenup. “There are many claims that Sam is challenging the prenup and threatening to exploit his ex-wife with videos,” his rep told THR. “However, all these claims are false, as no negative intention has ever been directed towards her and never will be. Sam has always and will always support her.”

Britney shared two cryptic comments on Instagram Thursday night, neither one addressing the divorce, but deleted them both.

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On Friday morning, Us Weekly reported that the former couple signed an agreement that said that the actor would receive “$1 million every two years” of their marriage. According to the documents, the amount was capped at $10 million after fifteen years. Sam filed for divorce after 14 months.

They also noted that Sam had waived any rights to Britney’s extensive music catalog in the prenup and reported that Sam’s name was not listed on the deed to Britney’s Thousand Oaks estate in California, where she has lived since her conservatorship.

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On Friday afternoon, TMZ followed up the initial news with a report that Sam will get “no payout” from the divorce and that the prenup precludes him from getting spousal support, even though he requested it in the divorce filing. They noted that Sam will still get to keep any cars Britney gave him and his extensive car collection.

One source also told TMZ on Friday that there is an “extensive confidentiality clause” in the prenup that prohibits Sam from discussing his relationship with Britney; however, they admitted that she might be willing to write him a check and settle just for her own “peace of mind.”

Later on Friday, one source told the Daily Mail that Britney had concerns that Sam was going to try to take custody of their two dogs. Sam gifted Britney a Doberman named Porscha shortly after their September 2021 engagement. Britney later adopted an Australian Shepherd puppy named Sawyer while on vacation in Maui in February 2022, before they were married in June 2022.

“Regarding [Britney and Sam’s shared] property, the most difficult part of dividing any assets will be their two dogs,” the source explained. “But Sam gave Porsha to Britney as a present and she was the one who wanted to adopt Sawyer when they were in Maui.”

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Britney Spears and Sawyer
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Although she wants custody of the two dogs, she is willing to give back the engagement ring. The diamond ring was designed by jeweler Roman Malayev and was given to the actor for free in order to generate publicity for the brand. “’Sam can have that ring. It was free from the jeweler and she doesn’t want it anymore,” a source told the outlet. “She has enough diamonds.”

Even though many fans were concerned about Britney, one source told People magazine that divorce is “never an easy thing to go through, but she’s remaining positive and focusing on the future.” The insider went on to say that Britney is still “in great spirits despite everything going on,” adding that the couple made the decision to “move on a few weeks ago.”

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That same day, a source told Us Weekly that Sam and Britney were not in contact amid the split. “She’s not letting [Sam] in the home and they aren’t talking,” adding, “They have had problems for a while and all of the drama surrounding Britney was incredibly hard for Sam to take.”

The insider divulged that the “intensity” around the pop star was “killing him,” but he “tried to make it work.” The source went on to claim, “It’s been draining, yet his love never wavered. He just wishes people understood the depth of what they’re going through.”

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On Friday, another source told ET that the couple’s relationship changed after the conservatorship ended. "Britney could be argumentative at times, but also felt like Sam didn't let her do a lot of things without him," a source said. "Before Britney's conservatorship ended, Sam was very supportive. Once it ended, Britney felt very free, but that eventually changed based on certain dynamics in her relationship with Sam."

"Britney felt like things shifted in her relationship with Sam once her conservatorship ended. Before it ended, Britney was more in a set routine, but once she was free, a lot changed,” another insider divulged. "Britney wanted to embrace her freedom and felt like Sam couldn't necessarily handle that," they said, adding, "Britney will never let another person control her, and she felt like that was starting to happen again."

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Britney Spears Breaks Silence On The Divorce

Britney Spears Breaks Silence On Divorce In Bikini Dancing Video
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Late Friday night, Britney posted a video on Instagram that featured her dancing around in her living room in bright green bikini bottoms. She finally addressed the divorce in a lengthy statement that can be read in full below:

“As everyone knows, Hesam and I are no longer together … 6 years is a long time to be with someone so, I’m a little shocked but … I’m not here to explain why because its honestly nobody’s business !!! But, I couldn’t take the pain anymore honestly !!! In some sort of telepathic way I have been receiving so many messages that melt my heart from friends and I thank you !!! I’ve been playing it strong for way too long and my Instagram may seem perfect but it’s far from reality and I think we all know that !!! I would love to show my emotions and tears on how I really feel but some reason I’ve always had to hide my weaknesses !!! If I wasn’t my dad’s strong soldier, I would be sent away to places to get fixed by doctors !!! But that’s when I needed family the most !!! You’re supposed to be loved unconditionally … not under conditions !!!! So I will be as strong as I can and do my best !!! And I’m actually doing pretty d--- good !!! Anyways have a good day and don’t forget to smile !!!”

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Around midnight, the Daily Mail shared photographs of the Princess of Pop leaving Dave’s Hot Chicken in Oxnard, California. She was not wearing a bra underneath her thin sweater and looked upset as she left the restaurant with a raspberry lemonade in her hand, leading some to believe that she was having a harder time coping with the divorce than she wanted to make it appear.

Over the weekend, Sam seemed unbothered by the divorce news. Despite taking a break from social media at the beginning of August to help his mother recover from a “major accident” that landed her in the emergency room, Sam took to his Instagram Stories on Saturday afternoon to joke about trying to decide on a proper disguise to fool the paparazzi.

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That was followed up by reports from The Sun, with one source claiming that Britney Spears has been known to “rant and shout at staff while making ridiculous demands,” adding, “Her behavior has become concerning and everyone is worried about her.”

“She has been acting increasingly erratic and is in a vulnerable state. Sam was bearing the brunt and it proved too much,” the insider claimed, adding that her behavior has “plunged to a new low” and “is sad to see.”

Another insider claimed that “She’s very volatile, always ranting and shouting at the staff over minor things and making ridiculous demands,” adding, “There’s smashed glass all over the house because Britney will just throw things.” They also echoed the previous report that Britney has an “obsession” with knives.

“She has a weird obsession with knives. She has been throwing them at the walls and hiding them down the sofa,” the source alleged. “It is as though she is paranoid someone is after her and she needs the knives as protection.”

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In her January 2022 memoir, “Things I Should Have Said,” Britney’s sister, Jamie Lynn Spears wrote that Britney could become “paranoid and erratic” and recalled an incident with a knife in 2004: “She said to me, ‘Baby, I’m scared’, and took a large knife from the kitchen, pulled me along to my room and she locked us both inside.”

At the time, Britney responded to her sister on Twitter. “Jamie Lynn … congrats babe!” Britney tweeted at the time. “You’ve stooped to a whole new level of LOW … I’ve never been around you ever with a knife or would I ever even think to do such !!!”

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“The only knife I ever saw you with at home was cutting the biggest pieces of squash I ever saw in my life and it was too big for me to cut,” she continued. “So please please stop with these crazy lies for the Hollywood books !!!” She went on to call her sister “scum,” writing, “I wish the almighty, Lord would come down and show this whole world that you’re lying and making money off of me !!!! You are scum, Jamie Lynn.”

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Although the news died down over the weekend, on Sunday, one insider told the Daily Mail that the actor will still be mentioned in Britney's memoir "The Woman In Me" but “not a lot” given that the former couple is “no longer speaking.” The insider said, “Sam features in the autobiography but not a lot. You'll see on October 24 when it comes out.”

On Monday, TMZ backed up these claims, adding that presales have only increased since the divorce started making headlines. They agreed that Sam is only mentioned briefly, as "The Woman In Me" primarily focuses on her early life, career, and her struggle to get out of her conservatorship. They said that Britney gave her final sign-off on the book two weeks before the divorce, meaning no changes to the memoir have happened since that time.

Later on Sunday, Britney shared a video on Instagram that featured her posing topless in bed, although she did not write anything in the caption of the post. Comments were also disabled. She took to Instagram a few hours later to show footage of a man appearing to lick her leg. Four men later hold her up beside the pool as she twirls about in a revealing green dress. “When you go to meet up with a so called ‘friend’ and drive an hour for chicken !!!” she wrote in the caption, seemingly referring to Friday night.

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“Then you have to wait in the car and need to use the bathroom ... I knew paps were tipped off because the car I was in was never used before … so how I was I followed ???” she asked. “Malibu Canyon Road is the most horrible road ever to drive on ... so what does a b*tch like me do !!??! I put my green dress on and show up at my friends !!! I invited my fav boys over and PLAYED ALL NIGHT !!!”

Britney Spears Hangs With Her 'Fav Boys' Amid Sam Asghari Divorce
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On Monday, August 21, TMZ shared photographs of the actor taking his dog, Porscha, for a walk. The wedding ring on his finger was noticeably absent.

Later on that day, a separate source told TMZ that Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, and her manager, Cade Hudson, are now in charge of her care. The insider revealed that they are making sure that Britney eats, that she is getting to all of her appointments, and helping her manage her career opportunities.

Her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, is reportedly not worried about her mental state and there have been seemingly no changes to her medical care or the frequency of her medical appointments. The source also revealed that Britney’s brother, Bryan, has been trying to assist her amid the divorce, but Britney’s behavior was described as “volatile” and, according to that source, she is still on the outs with her family.

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On Tuesday, a source told Page Six that the actor has moved into the Ten Thousand building in Los Angeles, which is on the border of Beverly Hills and Century City. The luxury building contains 283 units in a 40-story building. Rents range from $10,000 to $65,000 a month and include amenities like valet service, a private park, a lap pool, and even on-call doctors that provide everything from general medical care to Botox. A source told the outlet, “He’s been friendly with the residents and has been with his sister a lot."

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On Tuesday, August 22, TMZ revealed that the former couple had settled the custody dispute between their five dogs. Sam had been photographed walking Porsha on Monday; as expected, he got to keep Porsha in the split. Britney reported gave him the dog last week, around the time he filed for divorce.

Britney will be keeping custody of her Australian Shepherd, Sawyer, her Yorkie, Hannah, her Maltese, Lulu, and another small dog. The custody agreement made no mention of her cat. It was reported that both parties were satisfied with this custody agreement.

Amid her divorce from Sam Asghari, Britney reportedly wanted to reconcile with her family, especially her father, Jamie Spears. He managed most of her personal and financial affairs during her conservatorship, which lasted from February 2008 to November 2021.

Despite allegations of abuse, sources told TMZ that Jamie is “elated” by the thought of reconciling with his daughter, who may “regret waiting too long” to make amends. Jamie has reportedly been in and out of the hospital for months due to an infection that resulted from a knee replacement that he had sixteen years ago.

The pop star was apparently told about her father’s “terrible” infection by her brother, Bryan Spears, who informed her that her father was “extremely thin” after reportedly losing more than twenty-five pounds.

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One source told Page Six that Bryan has been “helping” Britney amid her divorce from Sam Asghari. “He’s been staying over and helping her alongside a therapist,” the insider said, calling Bryan’s presence “a great thing for all of” the family.

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On Wednesday, August 23, Britney revealed that she had adopted a new puppy named Snow. She did not identify the species but did share that Snow was a female. “Introducing Snow … the new edition to the family … it’s her world and we just live in it ??‍♀️ ??‍♀️ ??‍♀️ !!!” she wrote in the caption of an Instagram video of her cuddling and playing with her pup. It is unclear when Snow had been adopted or if she was included in the custody agreement that was settled only the day before.

Shortly after she adopted the puppy, Britney, like many celebrities, was slammed by PETA for buying a new dog instead of adopting one at a shelter. A rep for PETA released a statement to TMZ, saying:

"When influential people buy puppies, puppy mills cheer and animal shelters watch the homeless-animal crisis get even worse. With this one cutesy post, Britney Spears has sentenced countless deserving dogs in shelters to more days without love, a comfy bed to curl up on, or a chance at a real life."

"She could have been a force for good and adopted, but instead she chose to be toxic, and animals will pay with their lives,” they added, working in the name of Britney’s hit song in the process.

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On Thursday, August 24, TMZ reported that Britney is the one who is actually paying for Sam’s luxury high-rise in Los Angeles. Although the “standard unit” is $10,000, sources say that Sam was “able to work out a deal for a better apartment at the base price.” However, it means that Britney is still on the hook for about $10,000 a month for his new rent.

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On Thursday, August 24, a source told Page Six that an insider was "concerned" about Britney's growing relationship with a 37-year-old man identified as Paul Richard Soliz. The man had been hired as a housekeeper to “clean toilets, mop floors and pick up trash” over a year ago. However, the outlet reported that no one ran a background check on the man, who has been charged with a felony and multiple misdemeanors.

According to the outlet, he was convicted of one count of disturbing the peace in April 2014. He was also charged with child endangerment, but that charge was dropped following a plea negotiation. In 2016, he was convicted of driving without a license. He also reached a plea deal to drop a separate charge of driving with a suspended license. While he was already working for Britney in December 2022, he was convicted of a felony possession of a firearm.

Sources say that the man has since been dismissed; however, Britney has been photographed out and about with an unidentified man. It is unclear if the former housekeeper is the man that Britney has been spending time with.

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It’s not clear if Britney was frustrated by this report, but she took to Instagram an hour later to post a photo of her wearing a black overcoat over an all-black outfit. “F*ck with me … I dare you ?? !!!” she wrote in the caption, although it is unclear who this message was intended for.

Britney Spears Reportedly 'Needed Stitches' Following An 'Explosive' Fight With Sam Asghari In London

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On Thursday, August 24, a new TV special about the couple aired on Fox. The special, titled "Britney Spears: Divorce & Despair," involved allegations that Sam had gotten physical with Britney during an "explosive" altercation.

According to TMZ founder Harvey Levin, the former couple had a huge fight in London that resulted in Britney needing stitches, as per Page Six.

"She and Sam were going at it in a hotel room, and it got so bad [that] she tripped and hit the coffee table, cracking her head open,” Levin alleged, adding, “She needed stitches.”

However, during a "TMZ Investigates" episode, executive producer Charles Latibeaudiere claimed that it was really Britney’s "volatility" that became too much for Sam "to take" which is why he filed for divorce only fourteen months into their marriage.

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On Friday, one insider told Radar Online that Sam wanted Britney to start taking a “regimented anti-anxiety and depression medication plan” similar to the one that she had been on during her 13-year conservatorship, which lasted from February 2008 to November 2021. Sam had reportedly asked Britney “seek more therapy” and “find a psychotherapist” to help “unpack her issues.” Britney reportedly refused.

Radar quoted a report published by The Sun the night before that also discussed Sam's concerns with Britney's medication. “Britney is not a well person without the correct medication,” the source alleged, adding, “No matter what she told her conservatorship judge or assures fans, she needs stability through a very regimented program of meds.”

"After she was released from the conservatorship, she attempted to move away from being reliant on medication,” the source continued. “However, in the last year that has caused many issues with her behavior becoming erratic, violent, and even dangerous.”

"Sam urged her to seek more therapy and even find a psychotherapist, not from her past, who could help unpack her issues and stabilize her thoughts. He also has really pushed for her to return to a medication regime to overcome her anxiety and mood swings," the insider added, noting that Sam's insistence on putting Britney on new medication only led to more fights between the couple.

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“Britney’s experience under the conservatorship has made her fearful and nervous about medication,” the insider continued. “When Sam pushed her on this it would lead to arguments.”

"Britney would accuse him of being like [her] father and wanting control,” they added. “Sam was pushed to the edge even though his intentions were good.”

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On Saturday, August 26, TMZ reported that Britney hired two new staff members in her Los Angeles home. The first person is reportedly a medical professional who has experience working in the medical field and will make sure that Britney stays on top of her medication and stays healthy. It is not clear what tasks the other staff member was hired to perform.

Her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, and manager, Cade Hudson, are reportedly working on keeping the pop star “occupied” amid the split. The sources claim that she is working on new music to keep her busy. They also say that they have been making an effort to get her out of the house more to keep her occupied.

Later that night, Britney took to Instagram to call out comments made about her in the caption of a behind-the-scenes throwback photo shoot. “Before documentaries like TMZ existed … it wasn’t acceptable for the press to make shows on innocent people to spread false information and ruin reputations ??? !!! Back when Hollywood had value and respect !!!” she wrote in the caption.

It seems that Britney was feeling in a better mood later on Saturday night, as she posted three videos on Instagram that featured her dancing in an animal-print bodysuit with a plunging neckline to show off the brown bra she was wearing underneath. She did not write anything in the caption of any of the posts.

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That same night, the Daily Mail reported that Britney was photographed heading out to get fast food again. She was seen with security and a “tall mystery man with dark hair” that Britney had also been photographed with earlier in the week; however, it is not clear if this is one of the two new staff members that she just hired.

Sam Asghari Reportedly Has Big Hollywood Career Plans Amid The Divorce

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On Sunday night, Britney returned to Instagram to share two more videos of her dancing in the same outfit. In one caption, she wrote “NAUGHTY REVELATIONS ??? !!! In remembrance of my name ??? !!!”

On Monday, August 28, new reports came out about Sam and his post-divorce career plans. It appears that the actor is staying in Los Angeles because he wants to further his career as an actor. Not only that, but he reportedly also wants to be a TV host as well. Sources told TMZ that he has nothing lined up due to the writer’s strike and the SAG-AFTRA strike, but that is what he would like to do moving forward following the divorce.

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Insiders also told the outlet that the actor has no plans to return to working as a personal trainer at Royal Personal Training in Los Angeles. Sam was working there when he started dating Britney after appearing in her “Slumber Party” music video in 2016.

They also noted that Sam has been spending a lot of time with his family amid the split, as his mother got into a “major accident” right around the time of the former couple’s separation, which led him to take a break from social media. The type of accident or the severity of her injuries has never been disclosed.

On Tuesday, August 29, a source also told Page Six that the actor was “unemployed” following the divorce. “He’s jobless,” the insider said. “He doesn’t have any acting gigs lined up at the moment.”

The insider said that he had filmed his only upcoming project, “Grand Death Lotto,” weeks before the SAG-AFTRA strike began. He also had a small role in “Special Ops: Lioness” which he filmed at the start of 2023; however, the red carpet event was canceled due to the strike. The insider lamented that “Sam is still looking for his big break.”

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On Wednesday, August 30, the Daily Mail reported that Britney Spears is suspicious that Sam had been feeding her father, Jamie Spears, information about her life during her conservatorship from the time they met in 2016 until their divorce in August 2023.

“Britney has reason to believe that Sam was secretly working with her dad Jamie since early on in their relationship,” the source alleged. “Sam would supply information to Jamie that would help to keep her locked in the conservatorship. In exchange, Sam was given access to her and her money. Britney now feels like Sam was being deceitful all along.”

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The insider went on to say that Britney’s “unhappiness” in her relationship actually prompted her to pull away from Sam “months” before he officially filed for divorce. “Britney was done with Sam months ago and was very unhappy,” the source claimed. “There were plans in place to set Sam up with his own place and give him money to live on so that it would be amicable.” There might be some truth to this rumor, given previous reports that Britney is the one footing the bill for Sam's new luxury high rise in LA.

Later on Wednesday, August 30, Us Weekly talked to four different sources that gave fans a look at Britney’s life following her divorce. However, not all sources agreed on certain things, like whether or not Britney really cheated on Sam. However, it seemed clear that everyone could agree that “This is a new chapter for Britney in more ways than one,” one source told the outlet.

The source said that she has been “focusing on herself” and working on new music. “The songs will be about freeing herself from negativity and unhealthy people,” the source claimed, going on to say that “She was finally getting to a positive place, and then Sam filed for divorce. People are worried how all of this will affect her.”

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“Some people are of the opinion that Britney’s on a dangerous downward spiral and the stuff she’s been [doing] hasn’t done much to dampen that worry,” a second source added. “The concern for Britney’s welfare right now is off the charts.”

Lynne Spears and Britney Spears
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In terms of Britney’s family members, a third source said that she has “always been close” with her brother Bryan, who has visited her amid the divorce. As far as her relationship with her mom, Lynne Spears, that relationship still seems strained.

“Now that she no longer has Sam to rely on, Britney’s more open to possibly repairing things with her mom,” said one source. “She’s not sure they can ever fully recover, but she’s open to it.”

However, they shut down rumors that she will ever reconcile with her father, Jamie Spears. “Britney has no intention of reconciling with her dad,” said the third source. The first source added, “Jamie is the last person she’d ever turn to. He will more than likely never be a part of her life again.”

They also indicated that Britney is looking forward to visiting her two teenage sons in Hawaii “soon” but did not specify a date. They also indicated that she is close with her longtime manager, Cade Hudson, but noted that Sam has been jealous of their tight-knit relationship.

“Cade is probably her closest confidante right now,” the source said, adding that Britney also hangs out with her drivers, bodyguards “and dancers who are either on the payroll or want to be.” However, they went on to say, “The most tragic thing of all is that there seems to be nobody capable of really helping her.”

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The second source said that Britney “feels manipulated and betrayed by Sam” and acknowledged that she is paying for his high-rise apartment in Los Angeles. “She’s paying him until they settle everything in court,” the source said, adding that Sam plans to fight the prenup.

“The people around Britney felt in the last two to three years that Sam had ulterior motives,” one source said, while another insider mentioned that Sam is “hoping things get resolved quickly.” They added, “He doesn’t want to play hardball with Britney, but if he has to, he will.”

Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Cade Hudson at his 36th birthday party
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One source remained adamant that Britney didn’t cheat, saying, “That’s just Sam’s way out of the marriage. There was always a plan of action for his future.” That being said, a fourth source said that Britney “did step out on” Sam twice, including with Paul Richard Soliz, the employee with a criminal background who had been fired.

“He was fired when Britney’s team found out they were sleeping together, but then he came back into the picture,” the source said, adding that Sam found out about the alleged infidelity through security camera footage. A source also noted that Britney has been spending time with Paul following the divorce, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Fortunately, the Princess of Pop has a lot of support from her famous friends, including the Queen of Pop. The source echoed previous reports that Madonna wants Britney to join her on stage during an L.A. stop on her Celebration Tour.

“Britney’s grateful for the support she’s gotten from her friends in the biz — Madonna especially,” said the second source. “She’d love to join her, but the question is whether or not she can handle that type of pressure and attention.”

The second source also said that Britney wants to push back the release date of her memoir to update the book with new details about the divorce. Although this seems unlikely, Britney is also hoping to do a “big sit-down interview” around the release of her memoir.

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The first source said that the interview would be dependent on her mental health, saying, “Her team will have to evaluate where she is at to see if she is ready for it.”

The second source also shared more details about Britney’s dating life. “As far as dating goes, Britney just wants to enjoy her freedom and meet hot guys — that seems to be the priority,” the second source said, adding that “it’s hard to know what Britney really wants down the line — it changes so frequently.”

Britney Goes On Vacation In Mexico After Reactivating Her Instagram Account

Britney Spears In Bikini Is Ready ‘To Start Living’ In Mexico
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On Wednesday, August 30, Britney deleted her Instagram account around 4 PM Eastern time and then brought it back a few hours later, around 7 PM Eastern Time. During that time, a false report emerged that Sam had unfollowed Britney from Instagram. In reality, her name had disappeared from his "follow" list because her account was deactivated. The Blast has obtained screenshots taken on Thursday, August 31, confirming that they are both following each other on Instagram, even though they might not be on speaking terms.

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Later on Wednesday night, Britney was pretty active on Instagram and shared three separate posts with her followers. She first shared a heavily filtered photo of her bare back. It looks like she is wearing no clothes. The second was a video of her manager, Cade Hudson, jumping off the balcony into the pool.

Britney says, “Push, baby, push, oh my god, I’m scared” and then screams as Cade jumps off the balcony and into the pool. In the caption, she wrote, “A lot of cement around the pool !!! Almost sh*t on myself !!! My knight and shining armor ??‍♀️ ??‍♀️ ??‍♀️ !!!” The video was deleted less than an hour after it was posted.

Britney’s third video featured her dancing in an animal-print bikini and white boots. “In Mexico ?? now !!! When your sister says ‘I love her to DEATH’ … you learn to start living !!!!” she wrote in the caption in a possible reference to her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.

On Thursday, August 31, TMZ shared a video of Sam Asghari marching at the SAG-AFTRA picket line at Disney Studios in Burbank, California. He would not discuss his divorce from Britney Spears, but he did compare himself to "Titanic" actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

“That’s the point of this strike. I have the same amount of jobs as Leonardo DiCaprio does,” Sam said. “I hope everything gets resolved very fast so that we can all go back to doing what we love doing the most, which is making art and inspiring people.”

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“Writers are the heart and soul of every project we do, so SAG strong,” he added, although it's worth noting that, at least according to his IMDb page, he only has one film in post-production. According to Leo's IMDb page, he has four acting jobs and eight producing credits in pending.

On Friday, September 1, sources told TMZ that Britney Spears is apparently aware that her fans want her to join OnlyFans, especially considering her recent string of topless and bikini dancing videos, but insiders told the outlet that she has no plans of joining the platform... at least at the moment.

Later on Friday night, Britney took to Instagram to share a video of her getting a snake tattoo on her lower back. Later that night, she took to Instagram to confirm that she had seen the "Barbie" movie and posted three videos of her riding a horse in Mexico, including one where she took her top off and rode around the beach shirtless.

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Britney Spears In Plunging Animal-Print Onesie Talks About Being 'Lied To' and 'Tricked'
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On Saturday, September 2, a source told InTouch Weekly that Sam found out Britney was allegedly cheating on him by watching security footage of the incident. “It broke his heart,” the source said, although a second source said that Britney also has dirt on Sam. “There’s a whole lot of dirty laundry she could air,” said the second source. “But she won’t.”

The second source went on to say that Britney believes that Sam is the one behind the cheating allegations.  “Britney says the accusations are garbage,” the insider claimed. “And it wouldn’t surprise her if Sam came up with the rumor himself, then leaked it through one of his media buddies so he’d have grounds to negotiate a larger settlement or get more out of the prenup.”

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“If Sam wants to go around spreading these rumors — or at least not going out of his way to dispel them — that’s his prerogative,” they continued. “As far as Britney’s concerned, it’s wrong and cruel. She’s mad but she’s trying not to react emotionally and is letting her lawyers figure it all out.”

The first source claimed that “Britney did hit Sam, but he’s not trying to create some messy scandal. He’s a good guy and just wants what’s fair.”

The second source went on to call Sam “controlling and critical,” adding, “That’s one of the main reasons things didn’t work out.” They also went on to say that Britney has been spending a lot of time at home with her dancers.

“She can kick back with them and dance and shoot sexy videos,” the source alleged, adding, “They are the ones who understand her the best.”

They went on to say that Britney has been getting closer to her family again, but she is wary. “She’s adamant that no one will have control over her life ever again,” the source said.

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Later on Saturday, Britney took to Instagram to share a video of her getting two new tattoos in Mexico, in addition to the new snake tattoo on her lower back.

On Sunday, September 3, she was back on Instagram dancing around in her animal-print onesie with a plunging neckline that showed off the brown bra she was wearing underneath. “My HANDS ON MY HIPS SAY EVERYTHING !!! How many times have you guys been lied to or tricked by someone you loved ??? Psss on repeat because well … I MEAN IT !!!” she wrote in the caption, hinting that there might be more drama surrounding her divorce than fans are seeing.

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On Monday, September 4, sources told TMZ that Britney has rejected some lucrative Instagram deals. Some companies wanted her to do a photoshoot and a video to promote their products, but the pop star turned them all down. The reason given was that “she wasn’t crazy about the companies.”

The brand noted that actress Gwyneth Paltrow earned $100,000 for one Instagram post and SKIMS founder Kim Kardashian famously earned one million for a single post, so it’s likely that Britney is turning down a significant payday choosing not to advertise other brands on her Instagram page.

On Tuesday, September 5, it became clear that Sam had unfollowed Britney on Instagram two weeks after filing for divorce. No specific reason was given for the unfollowing, as Britney hadn't posted anything since her post about being "lied to" and "tricked" on Sunday afternoon. Later that night, Britney unfollowed Sam as well and posted two videos of her dancing in a strapless red dress.

On Friday, September 8, Britney took to Instagram to share several videos of her dancing in revealing outfits. Although most were deleted by Saturday morning, she left two up and shared a snippet of a clip to her Instagram Stories, where she revealed that she was on day 1 of a water fast.

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On Saturday, September 9, a source told Radar Online that Madonna is "eager" to support Britney in whatever way she can. “She feels it's time for Britney to be shown love, guidance, and support, instead of being manipulated or taken advantage of," one source told the outlet. "She'd love her to come on tour." They went on to say, "it means the world [to Britney] that one of her all-time idols is rooting for her."

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On Monday, September 11, Paul Richard Soliz, Britney’s former criminal housekeeper, spoke to Us Weekly but would not address rumors that Britney had cheated on Sam with him. “She’s a phenomenal woman,” he told the outlet following a court appearance for allegedly violating his probation.

“She’s a very, very good, positive … She’s a good person,” he continued, saying “she’s doing great” amid her divorce from Sam Asghari, who he described as a “great guy.”

“I’m not a bad dude. I understand that things have been said about me in the past, and I have a criminal record — I get it,” he told the outlet. “I’m a working man. I own my own business. I do a licensed contractor technique tile.”

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A source told the outlet that Sam saw Britney and Paul becoming intimate together on security camera footage, which is what led to the divorce. “He was fired when Britney’s team found out they were sleeping together, but then he came back into the picture,” the insider claimed, adding that he was “terminated” after two months of employment. The reason for his dismissal is unclear.

On September 13, another insider told ET that Paul Richard Soliz and Britney are involved. That being said, the insider dished that those close to the pop star think that he "isn't good for her" and they are not "supportive of the relationship." However, they went on to say that Britney “likes him though” because "he makes her feel like he is acting as her protector and she finds comfort in that, especially as she moves through her split from Sam."

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On September 14, a source told the Daily Mail that Britney and Paul had a “short fling” after she separated from Sam. However, they claimed that she broke it off after she learned of his criminal past and “no longer has any communication” with Paul. “They had a short fling after Sam left but that was it,” they said. “Britney hooked up with him twice and, at the time, [she] did not know about his criminal past. She no longer has any communication with him.”

“Britney went to Mexico to have fun and she is enjoying her freedom right now. At the same time, she is still processing her divorce from Sam and she is still healing from this,” the source continued. “Britney is not dating anyone right now. When she does date again, it is sure as h*ll not going to be a freeloader and it is not going to be anyone who needs anything from her other than her time.”

The insider went on to say that her team failed to do a “proper background check when hiring Paul,” adding, “When his criminal past came to light recently, his employment for Britney ended.”

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Sam and Britney Have Resumed Their Regular Instagram Posting Schedules

Sam Asghari Shares Sweaty Gym Selfie Amid Britney Spears Divorce
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Reflecting on the past few weeks, Sam has begun posting to his Instagram Stories and his Instagram page a lot more amid the divorce. He has posted a lot of shirtless videos and photos that feature him working out in the gym. He has not disabled comments on his Instagram posts, leaving fans taking sides in the divorce. Some fans of the pop star have accused him of "using" her while fans of the actor say that it's a good thing he got out of a relationship that wasn't fulfilling his needs.

Britney Spears' Knife Dancing Video Goes Viral

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Britney has continued to post controversial videos that feature her dancing around in her living room wearing minimal clothing. On Monday, September 25, she posted a video on Instagram that featured her dancing around her living room with fake knives to prepare for Halloween. However, given previous claims about Britney and knives, the video was a bit concerning to some fans.

Things took an even more disturbing turn on Tuesday night when she posted two videos of her dancing in one post as if trying to hide the second video. Those who swiped to the second slide of her Instagram video were able to see her dancing with a cut on her leg, a bandage on her arm, and a bruise on her right hip closer to her lower back.

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Although Elon Musk took to Twitter to venture that she was only trolling the media, other followers expressed concern for Britney and her dogs. In the first knife dancing video, it looks like there are towels on the living room floor while her dogs are walking about, leading some to suspect that she isn't cleaning up their messes properly. Others expressed concern for their safety following their dog custody agreement.

On Wednesday morning, Ventura County Animal Services told TMZ that they had not received any formal complaints about Britney’s conduct. However, they did watch the video and stated, "We reviewed the video, and while the dogs appeared to be startled by the clinking of the knives, we didn’t feel they were in a situation where an officer needed to be dispatched."

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Although Sam was busy posting his own fitness content in his Instagram Stories, he did not take time to comment on Britney, who had been trending all day on Tuesday. Instead, a source told Us Weekly on Tuesday, September 26, that his family is feeling “thankful” that he left the relationship.

“Sam’s family is so thankful he left the relationship with Britney when he did,” a source said. “Although they will always love and support Sam, deep down they never felt she was the right partner for him.” The insider went on to say that his family tried to voice their concerns about her new relationship after the former couple first met on the set of her "Slumber Party" music video in 2016 but “let it go” when “things were getting serious.”

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Another insider told the outlet that the two had been having “problems for a while,” adding, “Although things seemed OK on the surface, there was a lot going on behind the scenes. Sam just wasn’t happy and no longer saw a future with Britney.”

They added, “They both wanted different things and they couldn’t come to an agreement on several issues such as having children.”

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Last month, another source told the outlet, “Sam is focused on moving forward with his life and although he shared a lot of happy memories with Britney, he’s excited to see what’s next,” adding, “Sam is continuing to work on his fitness brand, but his main focus is pursuing his acting career. That’s where his passion lies and what makes him the happiest.”

That same source said that Britney is “focusing on herself” amid the release of her memoir on October 24. That being said, there are concerns for Britney. “Some people are of the opinion that Britney’s on a dangerous downward spiral and the stuff she’s been [doing] hasn’t done much to dampen that worry,” the insider alleged. “The concern for Britney’s welfare right now is off the charts.”

Although the focus has largely been on Britney's memoir in early October, Sam told TMZ on Thursday, October 12, that he was not dating and had nothing but positive things to say about Britney and her upcoming memoir. When asked if he was "nervous" about the release, Sam replied, “No, I’ve… I already read it and I’m very proud of her and, you know, she put a lot of work to it and it was very hard, so I’m definitely excited and I’m extremely proud of her. It was a very tough one, and, uh, you know, I can’t wait to read it. I’ll be the first one in line to buy it.”

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When asked if he was dating again, Sam responded, “No, I’m focused on work right now. So, you know, that’s what I’m… I’m doing. I’m putting a lot of work in stunt training and a lot of acting and as you can see, that’d be great. Thank you very much.”

Court Warns The Former Couple Their Divorce Might Be Dismissed

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Only a few days after Britney Spears’ memoir “The Woman In Me” was released on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, new developments were made in the couple's divorce.

On Friday, October 27, The Blast broke the news that a court warned the former couple that they needed to actually get divorced or warned that their case would be dismissed. Britney had yet to respond to the case and Sam had not proved that he served her with the divorce. This happens incredibly rarely, especially for celebrity divorces, and gave fans new hope that they might reconcile.

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In her memoir, Britney had only positive things to say about the actor. She said that she was "instantly smitten" with him from the moment they met, adding, "I knew I wanted him in my life immediately." She wrote, "The chemistry with us in the beginning was insane. We couldn't keep our hands off each other."

She also noted “I have an appreciation for how stable he is. I love that he doesn’t even drink,” and even went as far as to call him a "gift from God." On October 25, the day after the memoir was released, the 29-year-old actor was asked by paparazzi how he felt about his ex’s new book. “I’m freakin’ proud of her, and I hope she takes over the world,” he said, as per Page Six. When asked how he felt to hear her call him a “gift from God,” Sam added, “That made me smile, to be honest.”

In late January, sources told Us Weekly that the divorce was dragging on due to the amount of money that Sam wanted from Britney in the divorce; however, one insider also revealed that Britney is no longer paying his rent as the two move closer to a settlement. A source also revealed that the two are not speaking to each other directly; instead, they are letting their respective legal teams negotiate the terms of the settlement.

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On February 1, Sam Asghari turned over all of the financial and other documents that are required to settle the divorce, as first reported by The Blast. Some of these documents include a declaration of income and expenses, as well as a list of assets and separate and community properties. The filing, known as a declaration of disclosure, is the final step before settling a divorce.

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