Britney Spears announced her engagement to Sam Asghari after five years of waiting and dating while under a restrictive conservatorship, and actress Octavia Spencer’s reaction was less than congratulatory.
The “Gimme More” singer, 39, proudly posted her nuptial news in a since deleted Instagram video of the couple laughing and smiling as she posed with her new ring. She captioned the post with “I can’t f**king believe it,” and a series of ring emojis.
While others congratulated the happy couple, “The Help” star Octavia Spencer commented “Make him sign a prenup.” The actress must have recognized her snark was inappropriate because she quickly removed the remark, but a screenshot of the comment went viral.
Asghari, 27, clearly saw her comment, and he posted an Instagram Story on Monday that poked fun at her warning. “Of course we’re getting [an] iron clad prenup to protect my jeep and shoe collection incase [sic] she dumps me one day.”
Spencer apologized for her critical observation Wednesday on her Instagram. “Y’all, a few days ago Sam and Britney announced their engagement and me being me I made a joke,” Spencer said. “My intention was to make them laugh not cause pain.”
“I’ve reached out to this lovely couple privately to apologize and now want to restore just a smidge of happiness they were robbed of,” she wrote. “Britney’s fans have seen her through a lot of pain and she’s found happiness. We’re thrilled for her. So let’s show them love.”
Once again, Asghari proved to be nothing less than gracious about Spencer’s input. “You are very kind to clarify but I have had no hard feelings whatsoever,” the class act replied in her comment’s section. “Jokes and misconceptions come with the territory.”
Spears’ Instagram has since been deactivated, but the “Toxic” singer reassured worried fans that she was just taking a social media hiatus to celebrate her engagement.
Don’t worry folks … just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement 💍😉 !!!! I’ll be back soon 💋🌹✨
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) September 14, 2021