If there’s one human being on this planet who deserves a happily ever after, it’s Britney Spears. She’s dealt with mental ill health, custody battles, and – as if anyone needed reminding – a 13-year-long oppressive conservatorship that she says prevented her from getting married, having more kids or even buying herself a coffee in the morning.
So, the singer’s announcement last week that she and boyfriend Sam Asghari are engaged should’ve been met with universal joy, right? Tell that to the hordes of fans, celebs and lawyers all screaming at Britney to get a prenup.
“Words can’t even say how shocked I am… geez,” the superstar wrote on Instagram, after sharing a video montage of her sparkly engagement ring. But we’re told, behind the scenes, her legal team were already panicking.
“Britney’s team are all working hard to protect her fortune,” says an insider close to the 39-year-old pop princess, who is thought to be worth around $60million. “Her lawyer has been on the phone, urging her to get a prenup. In fact, her whole team are shouting that she needs to lay down some paperwork to protect herself. It’s standard practice for any celebrity, especially someone like Britney.”
But so far, insiders say she’s not listening, explaining, “Britney trusts Sam implicitly – he’s been her rock and made her feel like a human being, when everyone else treated her like a commodity. She’s determined not to complicate their relationship with more paperwork. They’ve seen enough of that to last ten lifetimes.”
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Britney and actor Sam have been dating since 2016, after meeting on the set of the singer’s music video for Slumber Party. The pair have gone from strength to strength, with Sam supporting the star as she fought to end the conservatorship in recent years.
As heat told you last week, Jamie Spears – who’s run his daughter’s life since 2008 – has finally filed papers to end the legal arrangement, with a court hearing scheduled for 29 September. It means Britney will at last be able to make her own choices – starting with walking down the aisle. Last week, the former Disney child star joked that the proposal was “way overdue !!!! It was definitely worth the wait!!!!” And Sam, 27, replied, “Wayyyyyyy overdueee.”
Fans rushed to congratulate the star, with old pals like Paris Hilton commenting, “Congratulations love!! So happy for you! Welcome to the club!” and choreographer Brian Friedman adding, “Congratulations times 1000!!!”
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But a louder contingent in the comments section agreed with Britney’s lawyers, with celebs wading in, too. Everyone from Hollywood actress Octavia Spencer, who wrote, “Make him sign a prenup”, to reality star Olivia Attwood, who insisted on her own Instagram story that Britney “get that prenup.” Many fans agreed. One wrote “Wishing you the best! Please get a prenup”. Another added, “Girl, get a prenup”. A third punned, “This is a story about a girl named Prenupey.”
Even Sam himself joked about the situation, taking to Insta stories to write, “Thank you everyone who is concerned about the prenup! Of course we’re getting [an] ironclad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection, in case she dumps me one day.”
Joke or not, we’re told Britney – who is mum to sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, and has spoken openly about wanting more children – doesn’t care about money. “Britney just wants a simple life – a husband and baby,” says our source. “She sees her fortune as ‘dirty money’, because it was all controlled by her dad. A part of her wants to blow the whole lot now, so there’s nothing for the family to fight over any more.”
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