Britney Spears and her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, like to stay in shape together, and they often post fitness videos of the two of them working out complete with PDA. But even though Aghari is a personal trainer and former college football player, he has had his own struggles with weight.
He recently talked to Men’s Health about how he found himself overweight after playing football, and in 2013 he went on a mission to get fit and eat better.
“I was eating Doritos for breakfast, fast food, sugar, candy, no protein, a lot of carbs, and drinking sugary sodas,” revealed Asghari. “My nutrition was extremely horrible. The stress and the fear of not going anywhere [in life] combined gave me my depression.”
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The 24-year-old decided that he needed to make a change to his diet — getting rid of junk food and switching to lean proteins, complex carbs, and veggies — and he also became a personal trainer. He says that he told himself that nothing would stop him, and nothing did. Asghari added that his family worked way too hard for him to be here, and that inspired him.
The Tehran-born hunk says that he never takes an opportunity for granted, and he will always give it everything he has. “Things happen for you and not to you,” Asghari says. “Don’t ever point any fingers.”
Six months later, he had dropped almost 100 pounds.
Once he got in shape, Asghari became a model and actor, eventually landing a role in Spears’ Slumber Party video, and he says it was fate that brought him and Spears together. He got cast in the video just hours before shooting started, but he isn’t sure if it was a blessing or just meant to be.
He admits to having butterflies in his stomach when he first met Spears, but he did his best to keep cool and tried to be funny. When she introduced herself, he asked her, “What’s your name again?” but he doesn’t think anybody got the joke.
When the video premiered in October 2016, they had already started dating, but they managed to keep their romance a secret for months. It wasn’t until cameras spotted them on a date that their relationship went public.
With the exception of their Instagram posts, they do keep their relationship relatively private. Asghari says that he comes up with the exercises for the videos, but Britney Spears is the director.
“Working out together is always nice… it’s super healthy, mentally and physically. It takes your mind off of everything else,” Sam Asghari says.