Sam Asghari has spoken out for the first time since filing for divorce from wife Britney Spears.
On Thursday, the model and fitness trainer, 29, posted on Instagram Stories to address the pair’s recent split.
“AFTER 6 YEARS OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER MY WIFE AND I HAVE DECIDED TO END OUR JOURNEY TOGETHER,” he said, alluding to their split. “WE WILL HOLD ONTO THE LOVE AND RESPECT WE HAVE FOR EACH OTHER AND I WISH HER THE BEST ALWAYS.”
“S— HAPPENS,” he continued.
Asghari also requested privacy. He added, “ASKING FOR PRIVACY SEEMS [RIDICULOUS] SO I WILL JUST ASK FOR EVERYONE … TO BE KIND AND THOUGHTFUL.”
Asghari’s rep, Brandon Cohen from BAC Talent, also addressed rumors about the split in a statement to PEOPLE.
“There are many claims that Sam is challenging the prenup and threatening to exploit his ex-wife with videos,” he said. “However, all these claims are false, as no negative intention has ever been directed towards her and never will be. Sam has always and will always support her.”
A rep for Spears has not responded to requests for comment.
Spears, 41, has yet to directly share her thoughts regarding the breakup. But hours after PEOPLE reported that Asghari had filed for divorce on Wednesday, the singer made her first post to Instagram — to announce her plans to purchase a horse.
“Buying a horse soon 🐴 !!! So many options it’s kinda hard !!!” Spears shared with her 42 million followers while posing on horseback.
However, there was no mention of her estranged husband in the post.
One source exclusively told PEOPLE, the singer remains “in great spirits despite everything going on.”
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Multiple sources confirmed to PEOPLE earlier Wednesday that Spears and Asghari had separated after 14 months of marriage. Asghari also filed for divorce from Spears on Wednesday, a source told PEOPLE.
According to documents obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday, Asghari’s divorce filing cited irreconcilable differences as their reason for divorcing and includes July 28 as their date of separation.
In the filing, the model is requesting spousal support from the pop star and that she pay the legal fees. The filing also states that Asghari “reserves the right to amend” petitions over property and community assets.
The couple first met in 2016 on the set of Spears’ “Slumber Party” music video set and eventually married in June 2022.
But in February, sources told PEOPLE that Spears’ inner circle had “grown concerned.”
Rumors began circulating in March that the couple were having marital struggles — but Asghari’s rep shut them down at the time.
When addressing photos that showed Asghari and Spears without their wedding bands, Cohen told PEOPLE that Asghari simply took off his ring because he was filming a movie.