Sam Asghari addresses split from Britney Spears for the first time: ‘We will hold onto the love’

Britney Spears, wearing a silver dress, sits at a dinner table with Sam Asghari, in a blue velvet suit.
Sam Asghari filed for divorce from Britney Spears this week after 14 months of marriage.
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Sam Asghari has broken his silence after filing for divorce from Britney Spears earlier this week.

The model and actor shared a statement on his Instagram account Thursday, announcing that the decision to end their 14-month marriage was a mutual one.

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


Britney Spears and husband Sam Asghari are headed for divorce after 14 months of marriage. The divorce filing shows they have been separated for weeks.

Aug. 17, 2023

Asghari, 29, and Spears, 41, wed in June 2022 after dating for more than five years. Reports of Spears and Asghari’s separation began to swirl Wednesday afternoon with TMZ reporting they had split after an argument about possible infidelity — allegedly by Spears — about one week ago. Asghari filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

While news of the couple’s separation arrived this week, they had been separated since July 28, according to court documents obtained by The Times.

A representative for Asghari also shut down rumors that the actor-model planned to blackmail Spears with embarrassing information to contest the prenuptial agreement.

“There are many claims that Sam is challenging the prenup and threatening to exploit his ex-wife with videos,” the representative wrote in a statement to People. “However, all these claims are false, as no negative intention has ever been directed toward her and never will be. Sam has always and will always support her.”

Sam Asghari opened up about his marriage to Britney Spears and his rejuvenated acting career in a recent interview.

June 29, 2022

Spears has yet to publicly address the divorce, but instead posted a photo of herself riding a horse on the beach to her Instagram account and wrote that she was “buying a horse soon” in a cryptic post.

“I can’t make up my mind!” she wrote, referring to choosing between two horses.

A representative for Spears did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.

Spears’ marriage to Asghari is her third. She was married to Jason Alexander for 55 hours in 2004 and to Kevin Federline from 2004 to 2007. Federline and Spears share two children together, Sean Preston, 17, and Jayden James, 16.


This is Asghari’s first marriage. Before he and Spears began to date in late 2016, he had previously been connected with fellow model-actor Jessa Hinton.