US pop star Britney Spears has announced on Sunday her engagement to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, an actor and fitness trainer, born in the Iranian capital Tehran. The couple shared the news on Instagram. Sam spent months finding the perfect designer for Britney’s personalized ring, which has a sentimental engraving – the word “Lioness” (Sam’s nickname for Britney). She is fighting a legal battle to end her 13-year conservatorship, which controls both her personal life and finances, imposed in 2008 when concerns were raised over her mental health. Spears has revealed that the terms of the arrangement are preventing her from marrying Mr Asghari, 27, or having more children. The couple met on the set of a music video in 2016.
Spears has been married twice before. In 2004, she wed her childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas but the marriage was soon annulled. She was also married to dancer Kevin Federline. Now, Britney’s father Jamie Spears filed court documents to end his 13-year guardianship. Sam has been Britney’s biggest ally during her recent guardianship hearings, showing his support for his wife on social media. Britney Spears has previously referred to her father’s treatment of her as “cruelty”. The next hearing in the case is set for Sept. 29. Lawyers for Ms. Spears’s father, James P. Spears, wrote in a filing, “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”