Britney and Jason were married for 55 hours (Picture: Getty/Rex)
Britney Spears’ first husband Jason Alexander doubts that her engagement to Sam Asghari is real.
Jason, 39, was famously married to Britney, also 39, for just 55 hours when the childhood friends got married on a whim in Las Vegas in 2004.
Now, the pop princess is set to get hitched for the third time, after actor and personal trainer Sam, 27, popped the question on Sunday.
Jason sat down with Inside Edition to discuss the news, and while he is happy for Britney, he cast doubt on the legitimacy of the engagement.
He said: ‘If it’s real, it’s awesome’, and when asked by Jim Moret: ‘You don’t think it’s real?’, Jason responded: ‘No.’
Jason was also tentative when asked if he thought Sam was in it for ‘fame or money or love’.
He said: ‘I’m trying to be as nice as I can. He’s really the only person that’s been around for a few years, so without him she would’ve been alone.’
However, despite his reservations, Jason said he was happy for his ex, who he claimed to have spoken to earlier in the day.
He said: ‘She’s great. She’s good, she’s mentally stable, she’s fine.
‘I’ve always loved her. I’m always going to love her. If she’s happy with Sam and that’s going to happen, I’m happy for her.’
While it has been 17 years since Britney and Jason got married, Jason has recently been back in the public eye, having attended #FreeBritney demonstrations amid the push to have the conservatorship the star has been under for 13 years lifted.
The childhood friends got married in Las Vegas (Picture: Splash News)
He also spoke on the podcast Toxic: The Britney Spears Story to accuse her team of misleading him into agreeing to the annulment.
Jason said: ‘They told me if I would sign the contracts – the annulment – they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months they would give us a proper marriage.
‘So I had no reason to believe otherwise. I thought that’s what the truth was. They were allowing Britney and I to still have phone communication.
‘So we were talking every day and I still believed the story I was told, that they were going to let us continue to talk and then we would have this marriage, right, in the future if we felt the same way.’
Britney and Sam have been together for five years (Picture: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Jason claims that when he tried to contact Britney after 30 days, the line had been disconnected, adding: ‘Literally the day after, like, the 30 days was up, I remember trying to call the number I had for Britney and it was like, “Beep, beep, beep [like it had been disconnected]”.
‘I’m like, “F***, they got me! Motherf***er!” So that was it.’
Months after their split, Britney married dancer Kevin Federline, and they had two children together, Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15.
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The couple divorced in 2007.
Britney and Sam met in 2016 on the set of her Slumber Party video and have been going strong ever since, with Sam popping the question with a bespoke diamond ring engraved with his nickname for the popstar, ‘Lioness’.
Britney has confirmed that she is taking a break from social media to celebrate her engagement.