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She’s known as the pop queen of the’90s and 2000s — and over time, Britney Spears still hasn’t lost her spark. And while we remember her sordid dating history with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Kevin Federline, she’s been with her current boyfriend, Sam Asghari, for over two years. Judging from their loving Instagram posts, they’re both head-over-heels for each other, too.

How Sam Asghari and Britney Spears met

Britney Spears and Sam Asghari
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari | Britney Spears via Instagram

According to Page Six, Asghari thinks he met Spears purely thanks to fate. At just 24 years old, Asghari was cast for Spears’ “Slumber Party” music video hours before shooting was set to begin. He told Men’s Health that he got the call at midnight — and when he finally met Spears in person, he immediately felt nervous.

A few months after the video was released in October 2016, the paparazzi spotted Asghari and Spears together on a date.  “I don’t think [we] had the intention to just be friends,” Asghari noted. And while they’re both pretty good at keeping their relationship out of the tabloids, they do still share bits and pieces of their fitness-fueled romance online.

What Spears really thought of him at first

While Asghari reportedly had butterflies upon first meeting, it took Spears a little bit longer to decide how she felt about the backup dancer. The 36-year-old told People about one of their initial encounters — and it sounded quite awkward. Spears said at one point during shooting, “we were waiting and waiting together for 20 minutes at a time.” She then said it forced them to talk to each other in the interim. And that’s how they started to get to know each other.

In the moment, Spears thought, “I mean, he knows my name—but he doesn’t know me as a person. He’s like ‘What is this girl like?’ and I have no idea who the hell he is.” Asghari then offered his number to Spears, which she took — and then dug up nearly five months later to call him.

When they made their relationship official

Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari on New Year's Day
Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari on New Year’s Day | Britney Spears via Instagram

Paparazzi spotted Spears and Asghari together long before Spears and Asghari came forward to the public themselves. Women’s Health reports. But by New Years 2017, the couple was ready to post their debut photo together on Instagram. The photo is simply the two of them together with the caption “Happy New Year.”

The publication notes Asghari actually posted a photo of him and Spears together on Instagram before this one, but it was taken down soon after. It seems perhaps he wanted to wait until they were both ready.

Working out is a huge part of their lives

Spears and Asghari are both in incredible shape — and if you’ve taken a look at Spears’ Instagram lately, you’ve probably seen a slew of adorable workout videos of the two of them together. What’s even more impressive is that working out wasn’t always a priority for Asghari. In fact, Entertainment Tonight reports the backup dancer actually lost 100 pounds in 2013.

In regards to his former diet, he said, “I was eating Doritos for breakfast, fast food, sugar, candy, no protein, a lot of carbs, and drinking sugary sodas.” His weight eventually got up to 290 before he decided to make a change. He overhauled his diet (which he says is for nutrition and survival over pleasure) and started working out regularly to achieve his physique.

In regards to exercising with Spears, Asghari said, “Working out together is always nice and we try to do it a couple times.” He also said he’s the one who comes up with the moves, but Spears is responsible for directing the video.

Will their relationship last?

Britney Spears and Sam Asgheri
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari | Britney Spears via Instagram

We’ve seen Spears in love before — but it seems like this love is slated to last for years to come. In an Instagram caption, she wrote, “I’ve been with this man for over a year… everyday he inspires me to be a better person and that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”

She’s not the only one sharing her feelings, either. Women’s Health says Asghari told Men’s Health that he’s “humbled by a person like her. … She is another blessing that happened to me.”

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