According to Britney Spears' lawyer, there's no such thing as being overprotected.
In the wake of the news that the pop star and her husband Sam Asghari have broken up after just over a year of marriage, questions about what will happen between the couple can be put to bed. In fact, her attorney made sure if they were to split, a plan would be in place.
In legal Sept. 2021 filings regarding the end to Britney's conservatorship, and the removal of her father Jamie Spears as conservator, the 41-year-old's legal team cited her getting engaged that month and the resultant prenup as a reason to expedite Mr. Spears' removal from the conservatorship.
"To all the reasons why immediate suspension always has been required, we now can add another essential one: as has been publicly reported, Ms. Spears recently became engaged," her lawyers said in the court documents obtained by E! News at the time. "With Ms. Spears's consent and pursuant to her instructions, Ms. Spears and the undersigned counsel are in the process of engaging a family law attorney to craft a prenuptial agreement."
The filing continued, "The prenuptial agreement process will require communications with and cooperation from the Conservator of her Estate but, as referenced above and well-established in the record, given that Ms. Spears' relationship with that Conservator (her father) is broken, Mr. Spears's continued involvement would impede the ability to negotiate and consummate a contract that all can agree is in Ms. Spears's best interests."
Sam and Britney tied the knot in June 2022 after more than five years of dating. The two originally met on set for the singer's "Slumber Party" music video in 2016 and when news broke of their engagement in September 2021, many fans urged Britney to have her fiancé sign a prenup as the engagement came not long after the news that her conservatorship would be coming to an end and Britney would control her estate for the first time in 13 years.
In fact, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer weighed in, commenting bluntly on Britney's engagement post, "Make him sign a prenup." (The actress subsequently apologized for her comment, sharing in a post that she also privately apologized to the couple.)
For his part, Sam seemed to take the comments in stride. "Thank you everyone is concerned about The prenup!" he wrote on his Instagram Stories at the time. "Of course we're getting iron clad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection in case she dumps me one day."
The news of the couple's split broke on August 16, with Sam filing for divorce on the same day, according to multiple outlets. In the document, the 29-year-old shared the date of separation as July 28, 2023 and cited "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce, per TMZ. The outlet also reported that Sam is asking for Britney to provide spousal support and cover attorneys fees, but his filing stated that he "has yet to determine the full nature and extent of the separate property assets and obligations of each party."
E! News has reached out to Britney and Sam's reps and lawyers for comment but hasn't heard back.