Britney Spears and Sam Asghari Break Up After One Year of Marriage

Britney Spears and husband Sam Asghari have reportedly broken up one year after their wedding. Get all the details on the "Baby One More Time" singer's path to divorce.

By Lindsay Weinberg Aug 16, 2023 9:05 PMTags
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Britney Spears is no longer asking for more of Sam Asghari's love.

The pop star and her actor husband have broken up after more than one year of marriage, according to multiple outlets.

A source familiar with the situation confirmed the split to NBC News, saying, "They're separated and it's best for Britney."

The former couple first started dating in 2016, after meeting on the set of her music video for "Slumber Party." Several months later, they made things official and he was soon a major part of the Grammy winner's life. 

"Not only has this cute a--hole been with me through the hardest years of my life," Britney, 41, gushed in August 2021, "but he happens to be an extremely good cook!"

Sam, 29, was indeed by Britney's side through her emotional legal battle to terminate her conservatorship after 13 years. 

"Britney feels like the weight of the last decade or so is slowly but surely lifting off of her shoulders," a source close to the trainer told E! News in 2021. "She feels empowered beyond words, and a large part of that is Sam, who empowers her in every way and has been her rock throughout this entire ordeal since she decided to speak up. She is eternally thankful to have him in her corner."

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Britney Spears and Sam Asghari's Wedding: See Every Pic

Just two months before a judge ruled to end Britney's conservatorship in November 2021, Britney and Sam announced their engagement, with the "Stronger" singer showing off 4-carat diamond engagement ring. She wrote on Instagram at the time, "I can't f--king believe it."

And after five years together, the fitness influencer tied the knot with Britney in June 2022, hosting their nuptials and fairytale-themed wedding reception in Southern California. 

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Donning a Donatella Versace wedding gown, Britney walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley's song "Can't Help Falling in Love" and said "I do" in front of guests including Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore and Selena Gomez. In the fallout of her legal battle, her family was not invited, a source close to Britney told E! News at the time. 

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"Wow !!! Holy holy crap !!! WE DID IT !!! WE GOT MARRIED !!! Gggggeeeeezzzzz !!!" she wrote on Instagram after the lavish event. "It was the most spectacular day !!!"

Her team created "literally a dream castle" for the event and she gushed, "The ceremony was a dream and the party was even better."

The "Toxic" singer—who shares sons Sean, 17, and Jayden, 16, with ex Kevin Federline—noted that she did have a panic attack that afternoon, but "got it together" before the big moment. (Her sons were not among the attendees at her and Sam's nuptials.)

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Earlier this year, the pair sparked split rumors when they were each spotted in different cities without wedding bands on those fingers. However, Sam's rep, Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent, told E! News in March that the spouses were not having marital issues. 

In fact, Sam had remained in Los Angeles while Britney hit the beach in Mexico because he was filming a new movie, with his rep confirming that's why his ring was removed.

They seemed to still be going strong in June, when Sam celebrated their wedding anniversary with a sweet tribute on social media, writing, "Happy 1 Year to me & my better half."

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Prior to tying the knot with the Black Monday alum, Britney was wed to Kevin from 2004 to 2007 and to Jason Allen Alexander for less than three days in 2004. 

The news of Sam and Britney's breakup comes just a few months before her highly-anticipated memoir, The Woman in Me, hits shelves Oct. 24. And she's already made it clear the book will dive deep into her life in the spotlight. As she teased on Instagram last month, "It's coming.. my story, on my terms, at last. Are you ready?"

E! News has reached out to Britney and Sam's reps for comment on the split but hasn't heard back.

Keep reading to look back at Britney's history with Sam:

Love at First Sight

Britney Spears met Sam Asghari on the set of her super sexy "Slumber Party" music video, which dropped in November 2016. Onscreen chemistry? Check! About five months after filming, they began dating, making joint appearances at places like NBA games and on social media.

Her Special Someone

Britney wished her fans a very Merry Christmas from her cozy spot in bed next to Sam. 

Kiss Me at Midnight

The lovebirds rang in 2017 by each other's side, and Brit-Brit couldn't help but share this adorable snapshot in celebration of New Year's Eve. 

Puppy Love

Britney and Sam are huge fans of Snapchat, especially the puppy dog filter!

No. 1 Fans

In March 2017, the couple supported Sam's sister as she walked in a show at Los Angeles Fashion Week. 

In the 'Bu

Sunny Malibu has never looked better thanks to these two!

Fitness Fanatics

Britney celebrated her main man's birthday with a picturesque hike. 

Happy Couple

The personal trainer supported Britney backstage at one of her Las Vegas shows in March 2017. 

All Dressed Up

The pair got close for a photo opp ahead of Britney's Sin City performance. 

Jet-Setters

In June 2017, Sam surprised Britney by flying to Japan for some sightseeing between concerts. 

Happiest Place on Earth

Sam tagged along with Britney and her two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James Federline, as they enjoyed a day at Disneyland.

L-O-V-E

"So in love with this puppy @samasghari," Britney captioned the photo. 

Putting On the Ritz

The lovebirds stepped out for a good cause at the 2018 GLAAD Media Awards

Date Night

"Having the best time with my other half," Britney wrote alongside this photo of the pair in June 2018.
 

Red Carpet Ready

Britney and Sam made a rare public appearance at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere.

Up, Up and Away

"Felt like a little trip to paradise for an early birthday celebration," Britney captioned a photo of the duo flying to Hawaii amid the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020. 

By Her Side

Following the February 2021 release of "Framing Britney Spears," Sam released a personal statement: "I have always wanted nothing but the best for my better half, and will continue to support her following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves. I am thankful for all of the love and support she is receiving from her fans all over the world, and I am looking forward to a normal, amazing future together."

Unbreakable Bond

In February 2021, a source close to the pop star offered rare insight into their shared private life. 

"Sam is very good to Britney and she's crazy about him," the insider told E! News. "She loves when they get to travel together and take a romantic vacation... They work out together and both are very into staying fit and taking care of their bodies. They love watching movies together and hanging out at home. But Britney also loves going out to dinner, especially for sushi."

Say I Do

The lovebirds get attended Asghari's best friend's wedding in April 2021. Due to what a source described as "restrictions" involving the pandemic and her dad, Jamie Spears, an insider told E! News she "finally had an opportunity to get out and she took it."

#FreeBritney

Ahead of his girlfriend's bombshell court testimony in June 2021, Sam shared his support for the social media movement calling for an end to her years-long conservatorship. 

Hope For the Future

During the June 23 conservatorship hearing, Britney testified to wanting what she described as the "real deal," marriage and a baby. According to the singer, the conservatorship prevents her from creating the future she wants. 

She told the judge, "I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does by having a child, a family, any of those things."

Stronger Than Yesterday

As Britney continued to make positive strides in her conservatorship battle, a source close to Sam indicated a proposal was just over the horizon.

"Engagement has always been in the cards for Sam and Britney, without question," the insider shared with E! News in September. "It's the direction their relationship has been heading for nearly two years now. It's always a discussion and it's not a question of if, it's when."

The source explained further, "Things are evidently becoming better for Britney with her conservatorship and she's never felt this liberated in all aspects of her life. The closer she gets to freedom, the closer she is to seeing all of her dreams become an actual reality. Marrying Sam is high on that list and loving him the way she wants, how she wants, on her own terms."

She Said Yes!

On Sept. 12, 2021, the music superstar announced her engagement. In a video shared to Instagram, Brit showed off her bling as Sam asked, "Look at that! Do you like it?" "Yes!" she told him. 

Paradise

"Happy Birthday to my Fiancé … I love you so much," Britney captioned a photo of the couple on a romantic getaway in March 2022. "… I want a family with you … I want it all with you !!!!"

Oh baby, baby!

On April 11, 2022 the Princess of Pop announced on Instagram that she and Sam had a baby on the way, writing, "I thought 'Geez … what happened to my stomach ???' My husband said 'No you're food pregnant silly !!!' So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby." The following month, Sam announced with the "deepest sadness" that they'd lost their "miracle baby early in the pregnancy."

Husband & Wife

Britney and Sam tied the knot in Los Angeles on June 9, 2022.

Sam's 29th Birthday

For her husband's 29th birthday, the singer shared a tribute to him on Instagram, writing, "Happy Birthday!!! I love you so much and hope you get all your birthday wishes and more!!!"

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