Outlets including Billboard and People magazines said Thursday they had confirmed a TMZ.com report from a day earlier that pop star Britney Spears and her fiance, actor and personal trainer Sam Asghari, were marrying Thursday at her Los Angeles home.
In a follow-up report, TMZ posted overhead shots by the photo agency Backgrid of a crew constructing a large white tent on Spears' property, and of adjacent truckloads of boxes. The entertainment-news program "Extra," in what appeared to be an orchestrated leak Thursday afternoon, said the wedding would take place at 6 p.m. PST, that Jeffrey Best of Best Events Los Angeles was the wedding planner, and that Spears' wedding dress was by Donatella Versace, with jewelry by Stephanie Gottlieb and makeup by Charlotte Tilbury.
Citing anonymous sources, TMZ said Spears' older brother, Bryan, is expected to attend but that their younger sister, singer-actor Jamie Lynn Spears, will not, nor will their father, Jamie Spears, or mother, Lynne Spears. "Extra" said guests would include Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Paris Hilton.
This would be the third marriage for multiplatinum Grammy Award winner Britney Spears, 40, who was wed briefly to her childhood friend Jason Alexander (not the actor) in 2004, with the union annulled after two days. Later that year, she married one of her backup dancers, Kevin Federline. The two had sons Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15, before divorcing in 2007.
On Thursday afternoon, Alexander tried to crash the wedding, TMZ reported. The Ventura County sheriff’s office said it responded to a trespassing call after 2 p.m., and Alexander was arrested after officers noticed he had a warrant out in another county, reports The Associated Press. Authorities are investigating the reported trespassing.
This would be the first marriage for the Tehran-born Asghari, 28, who moved with his family to Los Angeles at age 12.
The couple met on the set of her music video for "Slumber Party" in 2016, and became engaged last September. This past April, Spears announced she and Asghari were expecting a baby, but on May 14 released news that she had suffered a miscarriage.
The nuptials come nearly seven months after the end of Spears' almost 14-year conservatorship that since February 2008 had overseen major aspects of her life and career, following a series of bizarre public incidents and brief involuntary psychiatric confinement. An eventual fan movement advocating for the conservatorship to end garnered the support of several screen and music stars, and was galvanized in February 2021 with the FX documentary "The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears." A court on Nov. 12 subsequently ended the conservatorship.