Wed­ding woes for Brit­ney

The smit­ten singer’s said ‘Yes!’ to Sam – but Papa Spears isn’t let­ting them say ‘I Do’...

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Brit­ney Spears and boyfriend Sam As­ghari are to­tally in L-O-V-E. And the cou­ple – who packed on the PDA while cud­dling court­side at a re­cent LA Lak­ers game – upped the cute fac­tor for the singer’s 36th birth­day on De­cem­ber 2, when per­sonal trainer Sam show­ered Brit with gifts and sur­prised her with a can­dle and cup­cake-filled room. Yep, dude sure is a keeper!

“Couldn’t ask for a bet­ter way to kick off my birth­day,” the lucky lady gushed.

But NW has learnt that Sam, 23, didn’t stop there and saved his best pressie till last – a shiny new en­gage­ment ring! OMG!

“He pro­posed on her birth­day. It was his big, big gift,” an in­sider close to the love­birds tells us ex­clu­sively. “Brit­ney didn’t hes­i­tate to say ‘yes’. She’s known she’s wanted to marry Sam for a while.”

Sam feels the same. “He’s had the ring for a few weeks,” dishes the pal. “He wanted to wait for the per­fect mo­ment and he thought her birth­day would be it. And the fact that it was right around the time of their one-year an­niver­sary only sealed the deal for him.”

The cou­ple – who started dat­ing soon af­ter meet­ing on the set of Brit’s Slum­ber Party video last Novem­ber – know some will say they’re rush­ing into things too soon, but they’re block­ing out all the noise.

And while most of their near­est and dear­est – es­pe­cially Brit’s sons Sean Pre­ston, 12, and Jay­den James, 11 – were thrilled by the nup­tial news when their mum told them, her dad Jamie is try­ing to put the brakes on it.

In­deed, ac­cord­ing to the pal, Jamie is 100 per cent against the en­gage­ment as he’s con­cerned about Sam’s mo­tives. He’s also wor­ried he’s just with Brit­ney for her money. And since Jamie is still his el­dest daugh­ter’s le­gal con­ser­va­tor and has the fi­nal say on all her de­ci­sions, he’s in­sist­ing they can’t tie the knot un­til Sam signs a pre-nup that pro­tects Brit’s $263 mil­lion for­tune. “Sam did the hon­ourable thing and asked Jamie for Brit’s hand in mar­riage, more as an act of courtesy than any­thing,” says pal. “Even if he said no, which he did, he still would have done it.” While Jamie, 64, is play­ing the pre-nup line, it might not be the only rea­son he’s try­ing to stall Brit­ney’s third walk up the aisle.

Sources say Brit’s ea­ger to take an ex­tended break once her Las Ve­gas res­i­dency wraps up on De­cem­ber 31 and will start try­ing for a bub – hope­fully a girl! – with Sam.

How­ever, Jamie is re­port­edly putting the pres­sure on her to ex­tend her mil­lion-dol­lar con­tract. Why? Be­cause, as it’s pre­vi­ously been re­ported, Brit’s next hus­band will share full le­gal control over her with Jamie – and he’s not ready to re­lin­quish the reins just yet!

“He gets a share of Brit’s earn­ings, so you can see why he wants her to con­tinue rak­ing it in,” says the in­sider. “That’s what ev­ery­one thinks is the real rea­son be­hind his stalling tac­tics at least.”

Nev­er­the­less, Brit and Sam are still plough­ing head­first into wed­ding plan­ning – with or with­out her dad’s bless­ing! In fact, we hear they’ll ex­change vows as soon as Christ­mas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Soz, Jamie!

“They’re just both at the point where they think, you know, why wait?” says the pal. “And Brit can’t think of any­thing more ro­man­tic than a Christ­mas wed­ding.”

We’ll be wait­ing by the post for our in­vite, guys! n

‘BRIT WANTED A RO­MAN­TIC CHRIST­MAS WED­DING!’

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