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Britney Spears says she's 'a little shocked' as she addresses Sam Asghari divorce for the first time

The pop star said in an Instagram post that she was not going to explain the reasons for the split "because it’s honestly nobody’s business.”
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Pop star Britney Spears said she was “a little shocked” as she spoke out for the first time since she separated from husband Sam Asghari after a little more than a year of marriage. 

“As everyone knows, Hesam and I are no longer together,” Spears wrote in an Instagram post late Friday, alongside a video of her dancing. She said that six years was “a long time to be with someone so, I’m a little shocked.” 

Spears, 41, said she was “not here to explain why because it’s honestly nobody’s business,” adding that “in some sort of telepathic way I have been receiving so many messages that melt my heart from friends and I thank you.” 

News of the split broke Thursday, when a person familiar with the situation confirmed to NBC News that they were “separated and it’s best for Britney.”

A second source said Asghari, 29, had filed for divorce and had moved out of the home the couple had shared and into his own place.  

In her Instagram post, Spears said she was “actually doing pretty damn good,” and would “be as strong as I can and do my best.” 

She said that she had “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,” she said. 

Spears met Asghari, an actor and model, on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video in 2016, and the two began dating shortly afterward. The couple announced their engagement in September 2021 and held a star-studded ceremony inside Spears’ Los Angeles home in June 2022.

The couple have been through a tumultuous few years as Spears fought to terminate the conservatorship her family placed her under in 2008. Spears had no legal authority over her medical decisions or contracts, including a legal marriage, until the conservatorship was terminated in 2021.

Spears also revealed during her testimony requesting the termination that she did not have the authority to remove her intrauterine device, a contraceptive, while she was under the conservatorship. She told the court in 2021 that she wanted to have more children and that she was unable to because of legal limitations.

She and Asghari revealed in May 2022 that she had suffered a miscarriage. Spears said on Instagram at the time that the couple had lost their “miracle baby.”

“This is a devastating time for any parent,” her statement said. “Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along, however we were overly excited to share our good news.”