Britney Spears' Fiancé Says NYT Broke 'Written Agreement' on New Interview

Britney Spears' fiancé, Sam Asghari, has accused the New York Times of breaking a "written agreement" regarding his interview with the publication.

The newspaper published a profile on the model and actor on Saturday, which covered such areas as his business venture, his high-profile relationship with Spears and her controversial conservatorship, which was terminated on Friday.

However, the former personal trainer appeared to take issue with the inclusion of specific elements, as he spoke out about the interview on Monday.

Taking to his Instagram Story, Asghari shared what appeared to be an excerpt of communication purportedly stipulating that the article in question would cover his career "as a personal trainer and actor. It would not include coverage of his fiancé or her conservatorship."

Adding a caption, Asghari wrote that he was "always learning," as he accused the New York Times of breaking "a written agreement."

"I have no hard feelings, it just comes with the territory," he went on. "I have great respect for ethical journalism and every publication in 6 years has honored the same agreement that New York Times broke. Water under the bridge."

In a statement to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the New York Times said that the publication had not violated the aforementioned agreement.

"Our reporting gives the necessary context for readers to better understand Mr. Asghari," read the statement. "There were no direct questions asked about Ms. Spears or the conservatorship, which we acknowledged in our story as a condition of Mr. Asghari granting an interview and is not in violation of any agreement."

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Sam Asghari arrives at GBK Pre Oscar Gift Lounge at Kimpton La Peer Hotel on February 07, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. The actor has accused the New York Times of breaking a "written agreement" on his recently published interview. Maury Phillips/Getty Images for GBK Productions

In the article, titled "More Than Mr. Britney Spears," the conservatorship was mentioned several times, including his support of her fight to be freed from the arrangement and Spears' move to put in place a prenuptial agreement with Asghari days after they announced their engagement in September.

The article also discusses his online business, Asghari Fitness, with journalist Caity Weaver stating that it costs subscribers $9 a month and includes workout demonstrations and a meal plan containing "up to three meals and three snacks a day."

Wrote Weaver: "The recipes are notable for their bare-bones formulations (a dish labeled 'Beef Salad' requires 10 minutes' cook time, four ingredients and four lines of direction, of which the fourth is 'Enjoy'), and for the fact that at least some of the accompanying photos seem to have originated from other sources. (A reverse image search for the uncredited 'Beef Salad' photo led to a 17-ingredient recipe for 'Vietnamese Grilled Aussie Beef Salad' that, according to TrueAussieBeefandLamb.com, takes 40 minutes to prepare.)"

His publicist, Brandon Cohen, and creative director, Maxi, are also featured in the profile, with Weaver writing: "If Mr. Asghari is the heart of the Sam Asghari business, Maxi and Mr. Cohen are the palpitations.

"Maxi interrupted Mr. Asghari's interview to compliment how it was going; to grab a bagel he had left behind; to suggest answers to various questions to Mr. Asghari, some of which Mr. Asghari disagreed with; to eat the bagel; to announce 15 minutes into the interview that there were 10 minutes left (there were 45 minutes left); to request that Mr. Asghari change back into a pair of jeans he had asked him to change out of; to express gratitude for all that the interview was revealing to him about Mr. Asghari; to declare, while painting gentle curves of green emollient onto Mr. Asghari's face, 'He doesn't need makeup'; to advise that the article that would result from the interview be titled 'Starring in the Mel Gibson Movie' (Mr. Asghari is currently filming a movie with Mr. Gibson); to stand before Mr. Asghari and, while Mr. Asghari was in the middle of a sentence, dab at his lips with a Baby Phat Pink Rose Gold Glitter Hydrogel under-eye mask; to jump in with quick comments, and then say 'delete delete delete.'"

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Sam Asghari took to his Instagram Story on Monday evening to discuss the New York Times profile, which was published on November 13. Jerod Harris/Getty Images for GBK Productions;/Sam Asghari/Instagram

Asghari has been celebrating with his fiancée Spears, following the official end of her conservatorship after almost 14 years. The arrangement, which was drawn up amid mental health concerns for the star, had seen her personal and financial decisions taken out of her hands.

On Monday, Spears revealed how she had celebrated the momentous court victory over the weekend, which included an outing in Asghari's newly acquired vintage car.

"What an amazing weekend," the mother-of-two wrote in an Instagram post. "I felt like I was on cloud 9 the whole time ☁️ !!! I actually got my first glass of champagne 🥂 at the most beautiful restaurant I've ever seen last night !!!!"

Spears, who turns 40 on December 2, went on: "I'm celebrating my freedom and my B day for the next two months !!!!!!!!!!! I mean after 13 years ... I think I've waited long ENOUGH !!!!

"I'm so happy my lawyer Mathew Rosengart came into my life when he did ... he has truly turned my life around ... I'm forever thankful for that !!!! What a sight seeing so many people celebrating my victory .... I love my fans so much ... so thank you 🌹 !!!!⁣"

Update 11/16/21, 11:20 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include a response from representatives of the New York Times.

Britney Spears and her fiancé, Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend Sony Pictures' "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Spears and Asghari announced their engagement in September. Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic