is proving to Britney Spears
that he is a ride-or-die boyfriend
by wearing a "Free Britney" shirt
during her conservatorship battle
On Wednesday, when Spears is expected to testify in court about the conservatorship, the 27-year-old personal trainer posted a selfie on his Instagram
Story, tagging it with a lion emoji and wearing a shirt that reads "Free Britney."
and followers of the couple will notice that Asghari frequently refers to Spears as his "lioness," and the "Free Britney" slogan has long been associated with Spears' ongoing battle to reclaim control over her personal and financial affairs.
Spears has long been at odds with the court and her father, Jamie Spears
, over a conservatorship that was established when she was 26 years old, after she was hospitalized for mental health
issues and deemed unfit to manage her finances and medical decisions, and her father and another co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, were then given control over those decisions.
Wallet resigned in 2019, telling the Los Angeles
Times that if he did not step down, Britney Spears would suffer “significant detriment, irreparable harm, and immediate danger
Despite strong opposition from Britney Spears, Jamie Spears retains control of the conservatorship; in November 2020, a judge
granted her wish for an outside financial group to work
alongside Jamie on the conservatorship, and appointed Bessemer Trust to do so.
Britney Spears' attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, also told the court in November 2020 that she is "afraid of her father" and would "not perform again if her father is in charge of her career."
The conservatorship's grip on the pop star and her internal struggles with it have been widely publicized for years, with coverage of the situation reaching a peak earlier this year with the release of The New York Times documentary
, "Framing Britney Spears," which detailed how the conservatorship worked and how fans are rallying behind the 38-year-old icon.
It is unclear what Britney Spears will say in court on Wednesday, but it will be the first time she has been allowed to do so since May 2019. As The New York Times reported earlier this week, she has expressed “serious opposition to the conservatorship earlier and more frequently than had previously been known,” claiming that it restricts everything from “whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinet.”
According to the report, “she is ‘tired of being taken advantage of,’ and she claims she is the one working and earning money
, but everyone around her is on her payroll.”
Asghari's defense of his girlfriend comes on the heels of his open criticism of Jamie Spears, which he discussed in his Instagram Stories in February.
He wrote to fans after the release of "Framing Britney Spears," "Now it's important for people
to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles in our way. In my opinion Jamie is a total dick."