Britney Spears has spoken about the recent announcement that she and her husband, Sam Asghari, are to divorce, telling fans she “couldn’t take the pain any more” but will remain strong in the face of adversity.
Asghari cited “irreconcilable differences” in documents filed at a court in Los Angeles, revealing that the couple separated almost three weeks ago. The documents said he intended to obtain financial support and legal costs from Spears.
“As everyone knows, Hesam and I are no longer together … six years is a long time to be with someone so, I’m a little shocked but … I’m not here to explain why because it’s honestly nobody’s business. But, I couldn’t take the pain any more, honestly,” Spears wrote on Instagram.
Addressing her 42 million followers in a lengthy caption attached to a video of her dancing, she wrote: “In some sort of telepathic way, I have been receiving so many messages that melt my heart from friends and I thank you.
“I’ve been playing it strong for way too long and my Instagram may seem perfect but it’s far from reality and I think we all know that. I would love to show my emotions and tears on how I really feel but for some reason I’ve always had to hide my weaknesses.”
Spears said she would be “as strong as I can and do my best. And I’m actually doing pretty damn good. Anyways have a good day and don’t forget to smile.”
In his own social media post, Asghari asked for kindness, telling fans the couple would “hold on to the love and respect” they have for each other. He acknowledged that asking for privacy seemed ridiculous but asked that the media be kind and thoughtful.
The court filing said the value of Spears’ and Asghari’s assets and those they own jointly had yet to be determined.
The couple met on the “Slumber Party” music video set in 2016 and got engaged in September 2021. The marriage to Asghari is Spears’s third, having divorced Kevin Federline, with whom she has two children, Sean and Jayden, in 2007. She also married Jason Alexander, a childhood friend, in 2004, but the marriage was annulled after 55 hours.