Britney Spears is TIME’s Most Influential Person, And She’s Getting Married! 》

Pop star Britney Spears has been all over the news this year, and after fans campaigned for her rights with the powerful #FreeBritney movement that shone an important light on a broken system.

Finally, Britney Spears is no longer under the thumb of her father’s conservatorship, and she’s finally living her life the way she sees fit. Another part of that major lifestyle change? She’s getting married! The news was confirmed by her partner’s manager Brandon Cohen, to People Magazine and was announced 3 months after her appearance in court. 

Brit and her swoon-worthy actor and fitness trainer bae Sam Asghari have been in a long-standing relationship for quite some time now (around 5 years), and they made things official in September 2021, with Spears posting a video on her IG account where she showed off an impressive engagement ring. The pop singer’s ring was designed by NYC based designer Roman Malayev. Her happiness was clear, and the accompanying caption was filled with a ton of ring and heart emojis.

Britney met Sam in 2016, when he co-starred with her in the video for “Slumber Party”. With the waves of support and love that Britney has been getting from fans all over the world due to her conservatorship battle, we’re sure that she’ll receive just as much support regarding her newly announced nuptials. 

The 39-year-old has let it be known that the terms of her previous conservatorship arrangement stopped her from marrying the 27-year-old Asghari or having any more kids. 

And more good things are headed Brit’s way — this year, she took first place in the TIME100 reader poll, making her officially the most influential person of 2021. Thanks to Spears, disability and women’s rights advocates aren’t the only ones fighting for reform in this complicated American legal system. 

After her newly announced freedom, she’s been celebrating her independence. 2021 Britney Spears is all about baring it all and keeping things real with her followers, who are a big part of her successes and where she is today.

Her actions reflect as genuine ever since she went to court and opened up about the “abusive” circumstances surrounding her conservatorship. Since then, she’s been on a mission of total honesty and transparency, which she unfortunately wasn’t afforded by her team over the past 13 years. 

In her own words, “I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an (IUD) inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have … any more children. So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good.”

Out of 1.8 million votes total, Britney snagged 4% of the vote. Following close behind Britney in the TIME poll is health care workers during COVID-19, Vaccine Developers, and K-pop band BTS. Simone Biles came in 5th. 

While many people are happy for Spears and her fiancée, her fans are still urging her to go with a prenup and protect her assets due to her unusually vulnerable position, and the fact that Sam is over a decade younger than her. After all, the singer has been divorced twice, and while she deserves all the congratulations and celebrations, a prenup is an act of self-love and self-care, which are the two things that Spears needs most since this court battle. 

Even a celebrity came to put her two cents in about the situation. Octavia Spencer authored a comment that earned over 20,000 likes, saying “make him sign a prenup.” She’s definitely that one level-headed friend that grounds you back down to earth when you’re floating on Cloud Nine and maybe acting a little prematurely. 

Luckily, Sam out everyone at ease when he wrote the perfect lighthearted hilarious rebuttal on his IG with a hint of sarcasm, saying, “Thank you everyone who is concerned about The prenup! Of course we’re getting iron clad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection in case she dumps me one day.”

It looks like Britney Spears is having only victories in this new chapter, from legal to personal wins. We can’t wait to see this queen flourish and get everything she deserves in 2022.