Britney Spears is refusing to let ex Sam Asghari claim custody of their two dogs in their bitter divorce battle – but is more than happy to return the ‘free’ diamond engagement ring that she has already ditched in the wake of their split.
Actor Sam, 29, who is understood to have signed an iron-clad prenup before his wedding to Britney, filed for divorce from the 41-year-old chart-topper last month – citing irreconcilable differences.
In the filing, he requests that the singer be made to pay spousal support, and cover his legal fees and court costs, while also asking for ‘separate assets’ and ‘various items’ – which Britney fears could include the two adopted dogs he gave her, a source close to the popstar has now revealed.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the Spears family insider revealed that Britney, who has hired the famously ferocious Hollywood divorce attorney Laura Wasser, is confident that her team will be able to shut down any claim Sam might make to her wealth – but she is gravely concerned that her beloved pups could be at greater risk.
The former currently share two dogs: a Doberman named Porsha, which Sam gave to Britney in 2021, and a German Shepherd called Sawyer, which they adopted this year.
‘Regarding [Britney and Sam’s shared] property, the most difficult part of dividing any assets will be their two dogs,’ the source explained. ‘But Sam gave Porsha to Britney as a present and she was the one who wanted to adopt Sawyer when they were in Maui.’
Britney Spears, 41, revealed in March 2023 that she adopted a German Shepard in Maui, who she named Sawyer (pictured together here)
One month after proposing to Britney (in October 2022) Sam Asghari, 29 – who is now divorcing Britney – revealed that he got his ex a Doberman (seen here) to ‘protect’ her
After Sam filed for divorce from Britney (pictured in 2021) a source tells DailyMail.com that Sam ‘gave Porsha to her as a present’ and ‘she adopted Sawyer in Maui’
Sparkle gone: Britney had already ditched her engagement ring designed by Roman Malayev on Wednesday (pictured here). The insider tells DailyMail.com that the sparkler was ‘free’
However, the source added that there is one ‘asset’ that Britney is more than ready to hand back to her estranged spouse: her engagement ring, which the actor got for free.
When Sam proposed to Britney in September 2021, he did so with a diamond sparkler designed by jeweler Roman Malayev – which he got for free, no doubt in the hopes that his wife’s global fame would help to stir up publicity for the brand.
But the rock has now lost it’s sparkle for Britney, with the source telling DailyMail.com: ‘Sam can have that ring. It was free from the jeweler and she doesn’t want it anymore. She has enough diamonds.’
As for Britney’s current state, the insider revealed that she is being cared for by a team of friends, family members, and employees, a Maltese named Lulu and cat named Wendy – in addition to the beloved pups she got during her relationship.
‘She is not alone at all. Britney has her sister Jamie Lynn who is in and out of LA and she also has her mom Lynne, who is expected to arrive this weekend, if she has not flown in already,’ the source shared.
‘She has a support system including her agent and longtime friend [and manager] Cade [Hudson], her friends which include several of her backup dancers and her girlfriends.’
‘She has a team of assistants and her chef who are always around the houses. She also has other workers who are constantly there.’
‘This past week, Britney has been getting calls and texts from everyone she knows, including people she hasn’t spoken to in years.
‘She will get through this. She has gotten through worse and no one will allow anything to happen to her,’ the Spears family insider insists.
One month after getting engaged, Sam shared that he got Britney a Doberman named Porsha.
Growing family: In an Instagram post in March, Britney said that her ‘heart melted’ the moment she met Sawyer (pictured here) and that finding him was ‘like a dream’
New love: ‘Geez …. can you have two loves of your lives because he comes in second !!!!’ Britney joked – adding that had also gotten a French cat that ‘looks like a miniature cheetah’
In his post, Sam put the lustrous black-and-brown pooch front and center as she got used to her new home.
‘Surprised my fiancé [sic] with our newest member to the Family ❤️ Porsha,’ he wrote, adding the hashtags, ‘#doberman’ and ‘#homesecurity.’
‘Her name is Porsha and she’s meant to unconditionally love you,’ Sam said, adding that the dog would ‘be trained to protect you from any motherf***er that comes around you with bad intentions.’
One year later, in February 2022, Britney revealed that she added a beautiful white and tan German Shepard to their family.
In a short closeup video posted to Instagram, she joked that her love for him was only ‘second’ to how she felt about her fiancé Sam.
The singer–songwriter also included a new edit of an earlier dancing video in which Sawyer had a brief cameo.
‘Geez …. can you have two loves of your lives because he comes in second !!!!’ Britney gushed in her caption. ‘I’m introducing the new edition to my family … his name is Sawyer and he’s a white Australian shepherd with blue eyes !!!!!’
Britney said she found the dog in Maui ‘like a dream,’ though she noted he wasn’t much of a barker yet.
‘It’s funny … he doesn’t talk back but it’s like he understands what I’m saying !!!! I can talk to him for 30 min about potty training and rewarding him when he goes potty on the pad !!!!’ she continued. ‘I think he understands me especially with those eyes … he makes my heart melt … he needs me and I like that !!!!!’
She also shared that she had recently gotten a cat to add to the mix.
‘I also have a new cat and will introduce her later but i watched a documentary on cats last night !!!! Such intelligent animals … dogs think people are God … cats don’t because they know better !!!! Thought that was a cool line !!!’ she wrote.
‘My cat is French and very peculiar … she looks at food as if she is 30 for two min before she eats it … ‘
This past February, Britney and Sam received a warning from animal control after their Doberman, Porsha, escaped from her California mansion and bit an elderly cyclist.
Sources at the time said the dog came across a man in his 70s who was getting off his bike in the area and bit him before a member of Britney’s’ security team got a hold of the pooch.
Animal control then reportedly contacted Britney, Sam and their security team, warning them to make sure Porsha doesn’t get out again.
Several days later, Sam posted an Instagram video thanking the Dog Says Animal Search and Rescue group for finding Porsha and another one of their dogs who had also gotten out and were located 5 miles away.
In Sam’s divorce document, which was filed with the LA Superior Court this past week, he stated that he was filing for divorce due to ‘irreconcilable differences.’
He checked off the boxes indicating that he wants spousal support, as well as for Britney to pay lawyers fees and court costs.
An emotional Britney (in September 2021) flaunted her engagement ring. The pair wed nine months later in front of friends and celebs, including Madonna and Selena Gomez
Sam officially filed for divorce on Wednesday, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ and listing July 28, 2023 as the date of separation
When it comes to property, the document states, ‘Petitioner has yet to determine the full nature and extent of the separate property assets and obligations of each party. There are various items of community and quasi-community assets and debts, the full nature and extent of which are unknown to Petitioner at this time.’
However, it seems that he will miss out on his multi-million dollar spousal support request, as a huge loop hole existed in their iron-clad prenuptial agreement.
The agreement allegedly contains a section that Sam would get $1 million spousal support for every two years that they were married. Although they started dating in 2016, their marriage only lasted 14 months.
However, sources have told TMZ that while the prenup prevents Sam from receiving any spousal support, he could receive a one-off cheque from Britney to prevent him from sharing any ’embarrassing information’ about their marriage.
It’s thought that the prenup features an ‘extensive confidentiality clause’ that prohibits Sam from discussing his relationship with Britney.
Britney’s four carat engagement ring
The Forever Diamonds NY ring features a 4-carat round brilliant stone in a platinum cathedral setting, and is enhanced with a floating solitaire design – it was designed by Founder and Master Jeweler Roman Malayev
Sam had his pet name for Britney, ‘Lioness,’ emgraved on the inside
Britney’s fiancé Sam said: ‘Every designer I spoke with about the ring was amazing with great ideas, but I just clicked with [designer] Roman – we really connected on the design and he was as excited as I was to make it special – that’s why I chose him’
Designer Roman said: ‘We are thrilled to congratulate Britney and Sam on their recent engagement. We couldn’t feel more honored to create this ring for such a special couple. Their journey together has touched people around the world and we’re so excited to be a part of their forever’
It’s claimed that Britney and Sam’s lawyers will negotiate, and it’s likely that the singer will write a one-off cheque for several hundred thousand dollars to keep the confidentiality clause in place.
If Sam were the violate the agreement, he would have to return the money.
Sam had denied claims he’s planning to contest his $10 million prenuptial agreement with Britney.
But Sam’s representative Brandon Cohen has now denied these claims, telling The Hollywood Reporter: ‘There are many claims that Sam is challenging the prenup and threatening to exploit his ex-wife with videos.
‘However, all these claims are false, and no negative intention has ever been directed towards her and never will be. Sam has always and will always support her.’
In addition, it seems unlikely that Sam will take much away from his marriage to Britney, with the prenup stating that he was entitled to ‘$1 million per every two years’ of their marriage, with a cap at $10 million after 15 years, according to US Weekly.
Sam has also allegedly waived any claims to Britney’s music collection, and his name is not listed on the deeds of their shared home in Thousand Oaks, California.
The couple splashed out $11.8 million on the property, though a vast chunk of that came from Britney’s fortune.
According to the prenup, Britney and Sam agreed to put the house into a limited liability company or LLC in the event of a divorce.
Since she and Sam tied the knot, Britney has added to her fortune by signing a $15 million deal with publishing house Simon & Schuster for a tell-all memoir titled The Woman In Me.
The star also returned to music by releasing two new singles, a new version of Tiny Dancer with Elton John, and Mind Your Business with will.i.am.
Britney also signed an underlying rights agreement for the jukebox music Once Upon a One More Time, meaning she can receive income from tickets sales along with touring and licencing.
It’s currently unclear whether the prenup states whether Sam is entitled to any money made after they married.
It comes hours after Britney was pictured without her wedding ring after it was revealed she and Sam had split following a year of marriage.
On Thursday, TMZ reported that Sam had suspected the Grammy-winning singer had cheated on him with a staffer at the Southern California home they shared, and that video footage shot on the property implicates Britney in being unfaithful.
Sam was suspicious that Britney – described as being in ‘a fragile and hyper-sexualized state’ – had also asked a staffer to film her while she was naked.
It’s unclear if the staffer she allegedly asked to film her is also the same person she is reported to have cheated with.
Britney’s alleged behavior was described by a source to the outlet as risky ‘to her own safety;’ and that her infidelity was what persuaded Sam to move forward in his divorce filing.
The latest update comes amid reports that Britney got physical with Sam several times and once gave him a black eye as he slept.
Asghari reportedly told friends that the pop princess would attack him during their seven years together, sources told TMZ, adding there were numerous fights where security had to step in between the pair.
Britney’s camp has not responded to these allegations, which DailyMail.com has reached out to on several occasions.