Britney Spears’ ex-husband, Jason Alexander, was arrested yesterday (June 9) for attempting to gatecrash the pop star’s wedding.
Alexander – not be confused with the ‘Seinfeld’ star of the same name – was led away in cuffs by Ventura County officers after attempting to disrupt the ceremony, which ultimately went ahead as planned and saw Spears tie the knot with Sam Asghari, a personal trainer who she met on the set of the video for her 2016 single ‘Slumber Party’.
She was married to Alexander, a childhood friend, for 55 hours in 2004. He arrived at the site of the ceremony in southern California at around 2pm local time, having used social media to livestream his approach to the site. He claimed that Spears had invited him to the wedding, announcing “I’m her first husband…I’m here to crash the wedding.” He described the singer as “my first wife, my only wife.”
He was subsequently detained on the basis of an outstanding out-of-county warrant, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Variety. Officers were dispatched to the site of the wedding, Spears’ home in Thousand Oaks, to investigate a trespassing complaint. No decision has yet been made on whether to charge Alexander over the incident; police work is ongoing.
Celebrity guests at the intimate ceremony apparently included Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Paris Hilton. It is the third marriage for Spears, who has two children with her second husband, dancer Kevin Federline. Last year, she was finally released from a 13-year conservatorship that saw her father control much of her personal life; she had previously complained that the arrangement forbade her from marrying Asghari.
Last month, meanwhile, Spears took to her Instagram account to break the news that she and her new husband had suffered a miscarriage. “Our love for each other is our strength,” she wrote. “We will continue trying to expand our beautiful family. We are grateful for all the support. We kindly ask for privacy during this difficult moment.” She has continued to hint at a continuation of her music career, although suggested last December that her touring days are behind her.