Britney Spears‘ boyfriend showed his support for the singer on Wednesday, posing in a t-shirt that read: ‘Free Britney’.
Sam Asghari, 27, posted the photo on Instagram shortly before Spears, 39, addressed a court in Los Angeles to discuss her conservatorship.
Spears told the court that she was being prevented from getting married and having a child.
‘I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that,’ said the Louisiana-born singer.
‘I have an IUD (intrauterine device) inside me to prevent me from having a baby.
‘I want to go to a doctor and take it out so I can have a baby but they (the conservatorship) told me no.
‘I feel ganged up on and bullied and alone.’
Support: Sam Asghari wore a ‘Free Britney’ T-shirt on Wednesday
Spears is seen with her boyfriend Sam Asghari at the 2019 Daytime Beauty Awards in September 2019 in Los Angeles
Conservatorship: Spears even compared the conservatorship to ‘sex trafficking,’ saying they are, ‘making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away credit card, cash, phone, passport’. She’s shown here with her former husband Kevin Federline and sister Jamie Lynn
Asghari has himself spoken of wanting to have children.
‘My priorities in life are to remain humble and understand where I came from and where I’m going,’ he said in February, in an interview with Forbes.
‘I want to take my career to the next step when it comes to acting. I want to take my relationship to the next step, as well.
‘I don’t mind becoming a father. I want to be a young dad.’
Spears has two teenage children from her 2004-7 marriage to backing dancer Kevin Federline. He has custody of Sean Preston, 15, and 14-year-old Jayden James.
The end of her marriage and the ensuing custody battle was a factor in her mental health crisis of 2008, which ushered in the conservatorship.
Spears was previously married for 55 hours to her childhood friend Jason Alexander – the pair, in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve, thought it would be fun to tie the knot.
Their marriage was swiftly annulled.
Spears met Asghari in 2016, when he was cast in the video for her song Slumber Party.
Asghari played the love interest in Spears’ video for the provocative sex party-themed song
Spears personally chose Asghari, and he did not even have to audition for the role
Asghari, who was born in Iran and moved to the United States with his father in 2006, was called to the audition after starring in Fifth Harmony’s ‘Work From Home’ music video.
‘My first one was ‘Work From Home’ from Fifth Harmony, and now Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop, is calling me wanting me to play the love interest of [her music video],’ he said in 2019.
‘I said, ‘Why not? Let me give it a shot.”
He was in such high demand to star in the video that he didn’t even have to audition.
‘It was a direct book,’ Asghari told Entertainment Tonight.
‘A good friend of mine was working on the music video at the time.
‘They told the casting director to cast this guy and then they sent my pictures to [Britney] and she picked it.
‘I want this guy’ – and so that’s how it was.’
The pair began dating shortly after.
‘I left three of my sisters behind, my mom behind. My dad was out here in America and I hadn’t seen him in about five years or so,’ Asghari told Forbes in February.
‘It was definitely a culture shock, coming out here with a completely different language to speak.
‘I didn’t speak a word of English and it was a weird age where I was finally so comfortable with my friends and [I had to] leave them behind to start a new life.
Spears and Asghari are pictured in July 2019 at the premiere of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
‘So when I got out here, it was very different but I always had a positive mindset. I always knew that I was coming to a country where opportunity was the equivalent to gold.
‘I was brought up by my dad knowing and understanding that we were coming here for a better life.’
Asghari and Spears have traveled together, most recently spending time in Hawaii.
Earlier this year he spoke of his anger at her father, saying in February: ‘In my opinion, Jamie is a total d**k.’
He posted his thoughts on Instagram at the time, adding: ‘I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way.’