Britney Spears’ mother Lynne has been left “furious” with Sam Asghari for “abandoning” the popstar after filing for divorce, according to a new report.
A source told DailyMail.com: “Lynne is furious at [Sam] for abandoning Britney. He took a vow to stand by her side through sickness and health - and he knew she was not well [when they married].”
“Lynne is begging [Britney] to leave LA and live with her. 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.”
The insider added that when the couple first got together, Spears’ family and friends believed that he would be the one to “save” the singer but now they feel like he’s “abandoned her as soon as things got tough”.
A second source told the outlet that he “checked out of the marriage” when he realised he couldn’t help Spears’ any longer and just “sat at home and played video games all day” before deciding to end their marriage altogether.
A move that has prompted bitter upset from her family and left them “scrambling to come up with a plan to help her”, which has been made all the more difficult by the fact that her previous 13-year conservatorship only ended in November, 2021.
The Standard has contacted Britney Spears’ and Sam Asghari’s reps for comment.
The report comes as Asghari says he and Spears will “hold onto the love and respect” they have for each, after filing for divorce after a year of marriage.
In a statement posted online, Asghari acknowledged that asking for privacy “seems ridiculous” but asked that the media be “kind and thoughtful”.
Court documents filed on Wednesday cited “irreconcilable differences” for the divorce, but stated that the couple had separated almost three weeks ago.
In a post on his Instagram story on Thursday, Asghari wrote: “After six years of love and commitment to each other my wife and I have decided to end our journey together.
“We will hold onto the love and respect we have for each and I wish her the best always.
“S**t happens. Asking for privacy seems ridiculous so I will just ask for everyone including media to be kind and thoughtful.”
The divorce documents, which were filed at a court in Los Angeles, state that Asghari intends to obtain financial support from Spears, and have her pay for his lawyers.
The filing also says the value of Spears’ and Asghari’s assets, and those they own jointly, has yet to be determined.
Spears has not addressed the separation publicly, but posted on Instagram on Wednesday, telling fans she was “buying a horse soon”.
The couple tied the knot at a star-studded ceremony at the US singer’s home in Los Angeles in June 2022.
The couple originally met on the set of the Slumber Party music video in 2016, and became engaged in September 2021.
The marriage to Asghari is Spears’ third, having divorced Kevin Federline, with whom she shares two children – Sean and Jayden, in 2007.
She was also married to Jason Alexander in 2004, but it was annulled after just 55 hours.
Alexander was arrested and charged with four misdemeanours in June last year after arriving at the address with the intention of “crashing” the singer’s wedding to Asghari.