Britney Spears' ex-husband Jason Alexander speaks out about her recent engagement

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Britney Spears' conservatorship battle has sparked worldwide interest and concern over the pop star's wellbeing, which made it all the more shocking to fans when the pop icon deleted her Instagram page Tuesday, suddenly cutting off her biggest platform to communicate with the public. USA TODAYWhy it's so shocking that Britney Spears deleted her Instagram

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Britney Spears’ ex-husband of 55 hours, Jason Alexander, is wishing the "Lucky" pop star well following news of her recent engagement to actor Sam Asghari.

"I’m always going to love her," he said in a new interview. "If she’s happy with Sam and that’s going to happen, I’m happy for her." 

The 39-year-old said he is trying to be "as nice as I can" to his ex and her fiancé — who she’s been dating since 2016 — and that he thinks Asghari is finally the one for her.

"He’s really the only person that’s been around for a few years, so without him she would’ve been alone," Alexander told Inside Edition on Tuesday.

Spears and Alexander, who have known each other since they were children in Louisiana, had a whirlwind marriage in 2004 that lasted barely more than two days.

Their nuptials, which took place at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, made front-page headlines.

Alexander recently shared on the "Toxic: The Britney Spears Story" podcast that he felt duped into signing the annulment papers.

"They told me if I would sign the contracts — the annulment — they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months, they would give us a proper marriage," he recalled. "So I had no reason to believe otherwise."

Alexander alleged to Inside Edition that he is still in touch with Spears, but was unable to prove it when asked to call the "Toxic" singer on the phone.

Spears’ ex has had several run-ins with the law over the past year.

In February, Alexander was arrested on DUI and drug charges, including driving under the influence, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession or casual exchange of a controlled substance.

Then in August, he was arrested at a Nashville airport  for allegedly trespassing into the "non-secure" area of the TSA and attempting to skip the line.

Alexander has been a vocal supporter of Spears amid her conservatorship battle, and was once spotted at a #FreeBritney protest.

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Paris Hilton Calls Britney Spears 'Forever the Superstar,' Praises Her 'Unwavering Spirit' for Time 100

PEOPLE 15 September, 2021 - 11:52am

"When most people think of Britney Spears, they think of Britney the superstar. She's iconic. A legend. One of the most influential artists in pop-music history," Hilton, 40, said. "When I think of Britney Spears, I see the sweetest soul. A mother. A friend. A fighter. A young woman who grew up in the tabloid culture of the 2000s, when the paparazzi machine was accepted, unforgiving and cruel."

Hilton then touched on the singer's conservatorship — which Britney's father Jamie Spears recently filed to end — and said, "Yes, we've watched Britney break records and deliver to the world hit after hit. But behind the scenes, she survived more than a decade of trauma and abuse from her conservatorship." (Britney's father and conservator Jodi Montgomery have both separately denied abuse claims and insisted they have her best interests in mind when making all decisions on the singer's behalf.)

"Our hearts broke when Britney spoke about her pain," she said of the pop star's explosive court hearing in June, where Britney expressed her desire to end the conservatorship publicly for the first time.

Hilton continued, "Despite the darkness that has surrounded her life, Britney embodies joy and shares the light of her beautiful heart, forever the superstar." 

"So we stand by her and root for her as she turns pain into purpose, her unwavering spirit stronger than ever," the Simple Life alum said.

Last week PEOPLE confirmed Britney's father, 69, filed to end his daughter's conservatorship after 13 years.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Jamie, stated in his filing that the pop star may longer need a conservatorship — something his daughter's attorney Mathew Rosengart told PEOPLE is a "massive legal victory" for the singer.

After stepping down as the conservatorship of her person in late 2019, Jamie has remained in charge of his daughter's finances as a conservator of her estate.

Britney "is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required," the filing stated.

"Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship," Jamie's filing said, adding, "She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses.In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding."

The petition, did, however, defend the initial establishment of a conservatorship.

"The conservatorship has helped Ms. Spears get through a major life crisis, rehabilitate and advance her career, and put her finances and her affairs in order," the petition said of the decision. "As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter."

Prior to Jamie's petition to end the conservatorship, Hilton weighed in on Britney's comments during the June hearing in which the singer said in part, "The Paris Hilton story on what they did to her at that school. I didn't believe any of that either — I'm sorry. I'm an outsider."

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"And maybe I'm wrong, and that's why I didn't want to say any of this to anybody to the public," added Britney. "People would make fun of me or laugh at me and say, 'She's lying, she's got everything, she's Britney Spears.' "

Hilton spoke on her podcast and said that despite how Britney's comments sounded, the singer "didn't mean it in that way."

"She meant when she saw it, she couldn't even believe it," the heiress said, referring to her own alleged abuse she endured at boarding school as a teenager. "What she said was, when people hear that, they're like, 'Oh, it's Britney Spears' [or] 'It's Paris Hilton. They have these perfect lives. Who is gonna believe [them]? I didn't even believe Paris — who's gonna believe me?' "

Of Britney's conservatorship, Hilton said, "Dealing with it as a teenager was hard but I can't imagine, still, as an adult, after working your entire life."

"She's built a huge empire; she's a legend, she's an icon, she's a mother. She's amazing and she has these people controlling her money, her life," she continued.

Hilton also said during the podcast that she was "proud of" her friend "for speaking up and using her voice," captioning a snippet from the episode on Instagram, "I will always support and love Britney. She is so kind and sweet, and she deserves her freedom. I've been saying #FreeBritney for a long time, and I will keep saying it until she is free."

"We all need to use our voices to protect victims of abuse," the star added. "She is so incredibly brave and an inspiration for speaking her truth. I know personally how hard it is to come forward to tell your story, and so I hope Britney knows that she is so loved and supported by the world right now."

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Britney to Celebrate Her Engagement in Peace

The Cut 15 September, 2021 - 09:57am

Don’t worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement 💍😉 !!!! I’ll be back soon 💋🌹✨

Nonetheless, certain fans remain worried that the pop star has been punished for posting too openly about her conservatorship. For a long time, the Free Britney camp believed she used her Instagram to send coded messages to her followers, asking for help. But in June, Britney spoke publicly about the guardianship for the first time, detailing the ways in which the conservatorship has made her miserable — allegedly leading her to believe she could not remarry or have kids, for example — in a court hearing. Since then, the account’s content has shifted: More boobs, sometimes also butts, and fewer fucks generally given re. the maintenance of appearances.

Now that her Instagram is down, a source tells “Page Six” that deleting it “was her decision,” taken “in light of the successful path that she’s been on and continues to be on.”

“She’s happy and in a great place,” this individual added. “Silence can be a powerful thing and a powerful message.” And if an unnamed tabloid informant isn’t quite doing it for you, in terms of credibility, Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, confirmed to “Page Six” that the decision to delete her account was voluntary. Which, fair enough: As noted in her Instagram announcement, Britney has waited a long time for this moment. I can imagine no better way to celebrate than by putting down the phone and having her fiancé drive her around in his car — by her own admission, it’s all she’s ever wanted. Good for her!

Britney to Celebrate Her Engagement in Peace

Variety 15 September, 2021 - 09:57am

Don’t worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement 💍😉 !!!! I’ll be back soon 💋🌹✨

Nonetheless, certain fans remain worried that the pop star has been punished for posting too openly about her conservatorship. For a long time, the Free Britney camp believed she used her Instagram to send coded messages to her followers, asking for help. But in June, Britney spoke publicly about the guardianship for the first time, detailing the ways in which the conservatorship has made her miserable — allegedly leading her to believe she could not remarry or have kids, for example — in a court hearing. Since then, the account’s content has shifted: More boobs, sometimes also butts, and fewer fucks generally given re. the maintenance of appearances.

Now that her Instagram is down, a source tells “Page Six” that deleting it “was her decision,” taken “in light of the successful path that she’s been on and continues to be on.”

“She’s happy and in a great place,” this individual added. “Silence can be a powerful thing and a powerful message.” And if an unnamed tabloid informant isn’t quite doing it for you, in terms of credibility, Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, confirmed to “Page Six” that the decision to delete her account was voluntary. Which, fair enough: As noted in her Instagram announcement, Britney has waited a long time for this moment. I can imagine no better way to celebrate than by putting down the phone and having her fiancé drive her around in his car — by her own admission, it’s all she’s ever wanted. Good for her!

Williams shares vision for rest of Trojans’ season - Daily Trojan

HELLO! 15 September, 2021 - 02:00am

After parting ways with former head coach Clay Helton, USC athletic director Mike Bohn appointed associate head coach Donte Williams as interim head coach. Minutes before it was released to the public, the announcement was made to the team and Williams.

“To be honest, I found out right before the team meeting,” said Williams on USC’s “Trojans Live” radio show Monday. “It was just a normal day for me. I was just making sure my guys were ready to play, and next thing you know, right before the team meeting, Mike [Bohn] and [assistant athletic director] Brandon [Sosna] pulled me in and talked to me.”

In December 2020, Williams was promoted to associate head coach after helping the USC recruiting class finish 57 spots higher than it did the previous year. Now, Williams believes his recruiting history with these players provides an advantage in forming relationships with them as their new head coach.

“I’m a person that’s very fortunate because a lot of these guys either I’ve recruited here, or I’ve recruited at past places. I believe I have a great relationship with the guys on our team, I have a great relationship with the staff we have in place here,” he said. “A lot of these guys’ families I even know pretty well, so I think the change that is happening right now is a lot easier for me than it would be for someone else.”

Bohn had nothing but good things to say about his new interim head coach.

“You’re really gonna enjoy Donte Williams,” said Bohn Monday during “Trojan’s Live.” “Donte is a gentleman, and, the good news, is he’s got some really talented coaches in that room with him. He has a unique ability just to connect with young people. I am really looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

Williams also has a clear cut vision for how he wants his team to approach the future. 

“Right now, the season’s just started. My biggest thing is about enhancing everything we do,” he said. “How can we enhance everything we do — whether it’s the way we lift weights, the way we eat, the way we practice, the way we play — just enhancing everything we do. That’s the biggest message right now.”

Williams offered his insight on USC’s blowout 42-28 loss to Stanford last Saturday.

“Too many little things become huge and big things, and they cost us. They cost us penalties, they cost us dumb mistakes, they cost us as a team, they cost us as a, University,” he said. “Everyone in this organization needs to do something a little bit better than what they were doing before, including myself.”

The family connection is what makes Williams comfortable with leading the team after a loss with a lot of backfire. Although the loss to Stanford Saturday led to outpour on social media from fans and alumni for the firing of Helton, Williams had high praise for the fans and hopes they can remain supportive throughout the rest of the season.

“The atmosphere of this past game was electric,” he said. “It’s based on us and the product we put on the field to make sure that environment stays that way and gets even better. I’m about making sure the Coliseum is sold out. What we need to do is make sure we put the best product on the field to make sure that happens.”

Williams’ first test as a head coach will come this Saturday on the road against Washington State at 12:30 p.m. 

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