The untold truth of Britney Spears' boyfriend Sam Asghari

Britney Spears' romantic past has been a roller coaster of rocky relationships. Who could forget her time with Justin Timberlake that ended in cheating allegations, her Las Vegas wedding (and 55-hour marriage) with Jason Alexander, or her questionable years with Kevin Federline? But these days, Spears' love life seems downright idyllic thanks to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.

"From the start, it's been clear that Britney Spears and Sam Asghari are 'Crazy' for each other," according to People, and it's hard to deny that it's true. These two have been going strong since they were initially "romantically linked" after meeting in 2016 while filming the singer's "Slumber Party" music video — which apparently led to "going on cozy date night dinners, attending friends' birthday parties, and celebrating special occasions together." Asghari even admitted in 2019 that he "absolutely" saw marriage in his future with Spears, telling Entertainment Tonight, "This is something that every couple should do. That's the whole point of a relationship. We're a family." While not everyone would agree that marriage is right for every couple, it sounds like it might be down the road for this duo.

But who is the man who's captured the pop star's heart? Frankly, he doesn't seem anything like the men she's been with in the past, which is why you'll definitely be intrigued by these untold truths of Spears' (sizzling, surprising, and seemingly smitten) boyfriend.

Sam Asghari was born in Iran (and his name isn't actually Sam)

While Sam Asghari fell in love with a woman who was born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, he was actually born on the other side of the world, in Tehran, Iran. "When [Asghari] was 2, his father, Mike, moved to [Los Angeles] to work as a tow truck driver, hoping his family would eventually be able to join him in the States," according to Men's Health. Us Weekly notes that Asghari made the big move to the U.S. when he was 12, something that he talked to the former publication about, saying, "I had to leave my friends and family who I was very close with, and I knew I was moving away and never coming back."

Thankfully for Asghari, he found someone new to be close to in his adopted home. And, yes, we're talking about one Britney Spears. Frankly, the two are on such sweetly intimate terms, that he revealed that she skips his nickname, Sam, and instead uses his real name, Hesam, which is something that elicits a heart-eyed emoji from her appreciative and adoring boyfriend.

He's the younger man in his relationship with Britney Spears

Relationships that involve significant (even uncomfortable) age gaps are nothing new in the entertainment industry, which is perhaps why no one seems to bat an eyelash over the fact that there's a 13-year age difference between Britney Spears (who was born on Dec. 2, 1981) and Sam Asghari (who made his way into the world on March 23, 1994). The age thing probably doesn't bother Spears either, as she once admitted during her I Am Britney Jean documentary (via the Daily Mail), "Sometimes I feel like I am 20 and sometimes I feel like I am 50."

While Spears has quite a few more years to go before she actually nears 50, she can at least hold onto the fact that Asghari will still be attractive when they eventually go grey. That is if an estimation of him when he's older is correct: according to him, the older version of himself "looks like Robert [De] Niro." We wonder if Spears thinks De Niro is a hottie.

Good looks run in Sam Asghari's family

Sam Asghari obviously has good genes because he comes from one pretty family. The youngest of four children and the only boy, the model occasionally posts photos of his sisters and, wow, they're just as beautiful as he is. Whether slaying a golden mane or rocking darker locks like their brother, these ladies are lovely.

And these adult kids definitely take after their mom, who is just as stunning. "She's [not] my sister ... this is my beautiful mother," Asghari wrote on Instagram in 2017, along with an image of himself and his seemingly proud parent. "[The] last time we saw each other was in 2006, my parents worked their a**es off for me to live a better life. Mama your son is a grown-a** man now."

The women in Asghari's family aren't just pretty, they're also pretty friendly, at least where Britney Spears is concerned. "We've hung out a lot of times," Asghari told Entertainment Tonight in 2019 while talking about his family and his girlfriend. "We've been together for three years and my sisters love her, my family loves her. My mom lives in another country [but] when she was here, she met her." Meeting the family? That sounds serious if you ask us.

Britney Spears' boyfriend used to be a football player

Long before Sam Asghari was known as Britney Spears' boyfriend, he was a football player. "After getting to [Los Angeles], the teenager threw himself into sports," according to Men's Health. That's what led him to join his high school football team during his freshman year, which is where "he found community ... the same way he did back in Iran."

Asghari eventually ended up in a football program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but things didn't go as planned: when he was cut from the team, he lost his scholarship to the school, which forced him to return to L.A., where he played for Moorpark College. While that could have been a fresh start for the athlete, Asghari instead "gave up on football completely and left Moorpark" to pursue a very different path that could have led him to a career that you might not expect.

Police officer Asghari? What might have been...

These days, Sam Asghari finds plenty of work as a model, actor, and fitness buff, but "back in Tehran, living with his mom and sisters, Asghari focused on soccer and dreamed of a career in sports or law enforcement," according to Men's Health. While Asghari attempted to pursue a path in sports while in the United States, he switched his focus when it became clear that he wasn't destined to be a professional athlete. Instead, he returned to his other childhood dream: he wanted to become a cop.

Asghari once described his past self by saying, "I was a very masculine guy — I played football and was in the police academy." Indeed, when he left Moorpark College, he "[enrolled] in Los Angeles Pierce College to study criminal justice," per the publication. However, it wasn't long before he switched gears yet again, and "within months, Asghari began working as a personal trainer." Thankfully for Asghari, this was the path that led him to where he is today.

Sam Asghari once dropped 100 pounds

Although Sam Asghari is obviously a super fit specimen, he didn't always lead the kind of healthy lifestyle that results in such a built body. In fact, there was a time in his life when "working out was no longer a priority" and yet "he continued to eat like he did when he played football," per Men's Health. Eventually, "6-foot-2 Asghari [was] tipping the scales at 290 [pounds]."

During a period of "stress-eating," Asghari told the publication that he "was eating Doritos for breakfast, fast food, sugar, candy, no protein, a lot of carbs, and drinking sugary sodas." He continued, "My nutrition was extremely horrible. The stress and the fear of not going anywhere [in life] combined gave me my depression." That's when he decided to make a change. In a span of six months, Asghari lost almost 100 pounds, with the media outlet noting, "His new physique and healthy lifestyle changed his life."

The man who regularly flexes a muscular figure on Instagram these days took to social media in July 2017 to share a side-by-side comparison of himself before and after embracing a healthier lifestyle. "Talk about a life change," he wrote. "Same exact person, same exact work ethic, just a different mindset ... It is not a coincidence, you do not get lucky, also you're never born into it. You got to earn it. I promise you something, it is absolutely worth it." Asghari certainly seems to be proof of that.

Sports enthusiasts might be interested in Sam Asghari's soccer academy

Sam Asghari seems to have two loves when it comes to sports: football and soccer. While his dreams of a life in football didn't work out, he's used his passion for soccer to pursue an endeavor that will embrace his athletic side and let others do the same. In March 2019, Asghari announced on Instagram, "Having undergone a physical transformation myself, I will be setting up a soccer academy to inspire others to look after themselves both mentally and physically." He added, "This has always been a dream of mine, and now I can share this journey with you all!"

Asghari also talked to Entertainment Tonight about the academy, saying, "Physical training is integrated with my career and long-term goals for health and well-being for longevity in fitness performance as well as my acting career." And when it comes to what it will offer those who enroll, he explained, "You could call it 'sports without borders,' I suppose, in the spirit of the intercultural tradition of the Olympics. It is about inclusiveness, striving, and trying your best whatever that personal best is for you."

While the academy isn't up and running quite yet, you can get on the list to find out more about getting in on the action as soon as it launches.

Britney Spears' boyfriend also runs the Asghari Fitness program

Sam Asghari's athletic nature hasn't just inspired him to open a soccer academy, he's also set up Asghari Fitness, which offers training and meal plans, as well as other features, to help clients attempt to (maybe? possibly?) achieve his level of health. 

"Who's ready for my very first fitness program? ... Who's ready to take your life to another level?" Asghari wrote on Instagram in January 2020. "My friends and fans have inspired me to [create] a program for everyone that wants to get in the best shape of their lives mentally and physically!" Claiming to have "helped thousands of people transform their bodies and their lives" with his "honest and simple approach," Asghari encourages those who participate in his program to adopt a "realistic" and "sustainable plan" that will "create lifelong change."

While Asghari's sculpted body is surely enough of an advertisement for what can happen if you follow his example, his social media-worthy workouts with Britney Spears may also help to boost his program's popularity. Although you may not get the chance to bench press the pop star like he does.

Yes, that was Sam Asghari in a Fifth Harmony video

Sam Asghari may have met Britney Spears when he appeared in her "Slumber Party" in 2016, but that wasn't the first time he'd been cast to play one of the handsome figures that add a little (or a lot of) heat to a pop production. Earlier that same year, he showed up in (the short-lived girl group) Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" as a sweaty (downright glistening) construction worker. "Thanks in part to Asghari's ripped physique, the video has [over] 2 billion views on YouTube," according to Men's Health.

"I got a lot of attention from Fifth Harmony, so I knew what I was stepping into," Asghari told Entertainment Tonight in 2019, while discussing his path from starring in the short-lived girl group's video to being selected by Spears herself to appear alongside her. "Fifth Harmony was just coming out as a little group, and then now Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop, is calling me, wanting me to play the love interest of the . I said, 'Why not? Let me give it a shot.'" That's one shot we can guarantee he's glad he took.

Britney Spears' boyfriend could be your new favorite actor

Sam Asghari may have started out in music videos, but his ambition goes beyond silent bit parts. He's now gotten into acting, which he first tried out in high school and continued to pursue during college. Although he's only been at it for a couple of years, as of this writing, Britney Spears' boyfriend has already scored roles in Can You Keep a Secret?, which costars Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox, and even landed a spot on NCIS.

In December 2019, Asghari took to Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes photo of himself on the set of the long-running crime show. "Such a pleasure to do my first [co-star role] on a [bada**] show like @ncis_cbs on @cbstv season 17 episode 10 'the North Pole' AKA one of the biggest shows on the planet," he wrote. "So far one of the best sets I've been on!" That was followed by a post in January 2020, which featured an image of Asghari that gives off a classy (and dangerous!) vibe: "Introducing the [newest cast] member on the @familybusinessbet season 2."

While both of those roles sound interesting, we're still wondering what he was up to when he shared a shot of himself "cooking [in] the [lab]" while "acting as a chemist in Toronto." Apparently, it involved being shirtless and flexing his pecs, which ... makes sense? They must have extremely handsome scientists up in Canada if they feel like he suits the role!

Sam Asghari is really into (expensive) cars

Sam Asghari apparently loves — and loves to pose with — expensive cars. Whether they're flashy and yellow like the sun, a sleek black ride, or a bright blue Lamborghini, he seems perfectly pleased to be with each one. Asghari even posted an animated version of himself with a Ferrari, which may not be as impressive (or as expensive) as the real thing, but it's still pretty cool.

While it's hard to tell if Asghari owns each (real) vehicle or is merely being photographed with them as a part of various modeling gigs (which is more likely), it looks like the white Mercedes Benz Coupe that can occasionally be spotted on his Instagram account (e.g. here, here, and here) is either his or Britney Spears', because they've both been seen driving it on various occasions (for instance, when he picked her up from a mental health facility or when she took it out "for a spin around town").

"One of the more expensive vehicles in the luxury small car class," per U.S. News, the C 63 S convertible starts at around $85,000. Although Asghari's success in his fitness and acting pursuits may have earned him enough to afford a Benz, it's more likely that this is Spears' car since it leans towards $100,000. She's sitting on a reported fortune of $215 million, so she can definitely afford a fancy-schmancy car. Or maybe it was a gift for her boyfriend, who obviously appreciates it.

Britney Spears' boyfriend is an animal lover

Britney Spears has a fondness for animals, which is something that she can share with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. He even posted a photo of himself and the singer riding horses together with the caption, "Giddy up with my cowgirl." But the two don't just adore big beasts. Spears has a fondness for mini creatures, as well, which is why she has two tiny dogs, a Maltese and a Yorkshire Terrier (or Yorkie, if you prefer). Perhaps one of the reasons she gets along so well with Asghari is the fact that he also loves pocket-sized pooches. If you follow him on Instagram, you may have noticed his fluffy pup named Penny, who pops up in posts where she's getting a kiss or receiving new food after getting a little "chubby."

Asghari also shared a shot of himself holding a pair of kittens in September 2018, but while the image was sweet, the message was serious. "Recently we've witnessed a horrific amount of endangered species being killed/hunted by egoistic/horrible humans, in ... 100 years people will miss the [lion and tiger] and no one will ever [know] who the 'hunter' even is," he wrote, adding the hashtag #stopendangeredhunting. Asghari then talked about meeting the baby cats and confessed, "I had a feeling Mittens wasn't a big fan of me, [now] I really see it in this photo." Thankfully, he still has Penny (and Spears) around if he needs a cuddle.

Sam Asghari loves his 'normal' relationship with Britney Spears

Sam Asghari may be with one of the most famous pop stars around, but it's not the spotlight that makes his romance with Britney Spears special to him. "What I love the most about my relationship is the fact that it's so normal," he told Entertainment Tonight in 2019. "It's not glamorous or anything."

Asghari went on to explain how their relationship feeds each of their needs, saying, "She inspires me in my work and I can give so much to her by going to the gym, by going to work, by having a balanced life." Along with adding that they "can get inspired by each other," the model-fitness trainer also told ET that he and his love can "really grow with each other." And isn't that the key to a lasting relationship? It certainly seems to be the case when it comes to these two, who now appear to be successful in their pursuits, their passions, and their partnership. Talk about hashtag relationship goals!