The Daily Telegraph
Is this really Britney’s happy ever after?
She’s only six years younger than me yet, as I read the news of Britney Spears’s engagement, I couldn’t shake a feeling of motherly concern. There she is on her Instagram – “I can’t f---ing believe it !!!!! ” – showing off a four-carat diamond ring engraved with the word “lioness”. But strong and assertive isn’t necessarily what we think when we read about the troubled and surely infinitely fragile former child star. After all, this is the woman who has been engaged in a lengthy legal battle to end the controversial 13-year conservatorship which has allowed her father to control both her personal life and her finances. So will a third marriage really give her the freedom she craves?
Yes, she’s been with Sam Asghari – an actor and fitness trainer 12 years her junior – since 2016, but I’ve spent enough time in LA to build a healthy mistrust of the men and women who get close to uber-celebrities. Although I wish the couple well, I’m with actress Octavia Spencer, who commented beneath Spears’s post: “Make him sign a pre-nup.” She was joking. Of course.