Britney Spears’ estranged husband Sam Asghari shuts down question about split with singer and says what he has in common with Leonardo DiCaprio on SAG-AFTRA strike line
- Asghari, 29, was among performers in picket line in Burbank, California
- He refrained from addressing inquires about his split with Spears, 41
- He has been seen on shows such as PBC, Black Monday and Hacks
Britney Spears’ estranged husband Sam Asghari did not want to talk about his split from the pop star Thursday as he walked the SAG-AFTRA strike picket line, where he noted that the strike has left him in a similar predicament as Leonardo DiCaprio.
The 29-year-old actor chat with a photographer while marching in Burbank California, where he shut down questions about his split with the Grammy-winning artist, saying the focus was on the labor dispute that has thrown Hollywood into crisis.
‘We’re not here to talk about my personal life,’ the Tehran, Iran-born actor-model said in a clip published by TMZ. ‘We’re here to raise awareness on my brothers and sisters working hard and striking for my future.’
Asghari, who has been seen on shows such as PBC, Black Monday and Hacks, said he was focused toward ending the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes that have brought the industry to a near-standstill.
‘I hope everything gets resolved very fast,’ he said, ‘so we can all go back to what we love doing the most, which is making art and inspiring people.’
The upstart actor, depicting the scale of the labor stoppage, noted that the strikes have impacted everyone in the industry, citing the Oscar-winner DiCaprio as his example.
Asked about not having work, Asghari responded, ‘That’s the point of this strike – I have the same amount of jobs as Leonardo DiCaprio does.’
Asghari and DiCaprio both have pending projects as the industry has been halted amid the continuing labor stoppage.
Asghari’s most prominent part is a role in the comedy Grand Death Lotto, directed by Paul Feig and starring John Cena, Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Seann William Scott.
DiCaprio has four acting jobs pending the strike, according to iMDb, in projects including The Crowded Room, Jim Jones, The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder and Roosevelt.
Asghari also spoke about his concern amid the ongoing WGA strike, saying that ‘writers are the heart and soul of every project we do.’
Asghari is focused on working in the wake of filing for divorce from the Toxic singer, 41, earlier this month, a source told US Weekly on Thursday.
‘Sam is continuing to work on his fitness brand, but his main focus is pursuing his acting career,’ an insider told the publication. ‘That’s where his passion lies and what makes him the happiest.’
Asghari ‘is focused on moving forward with his life and although he shared a lot of happy memories with Britney, he’s excited to see what’s next,’ the source said.
The source told the outlet that Asghari has been ‘concentrating on himself for now’ in the wake of the split after more than a year of marriage.
‘Sam hasn’t really been communicating with Britney since he moved out,’ the source said. ‘While he’s open to remaining amicable with Britney, he just needs some space for the time being.’
Asghari has ‘no hard feelings’ amid the split, and is focused on ‘making the best out of it’ moving forward, the source said.
Following his split with the Lucky singer, Asghari posted a statement to his Instagram account about the split, telling his followers, ‘S**t happens.’
‘After 6 years of love and commitment to each other my wife and I have decided to end our journey together,’ he said. ‘We will hold onto the love and respect we have for each other and I wish her the best always.
‘Asking for privacy seems ridiculous so I will just ask for everyone including media to be kind and thoughtful.’