In January 2004, Pop Princess Britney Spears married her childhood friend Jason Alexander at a Las Vegas wedding chapel. However, 55 hours later, their vows were annulled. Initially, it was believed that both Spears and Alexander signed the annulment papers without putting up a fight. But recently, it was reported that the two were forced to end their nuptials, which Alexander’s lawyer now says was “detrimental” to Spears’ life.
Jason Alexander’s lawyer claims Britney Spears’ mom forced them to annul their marriage
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, divorce attorney Mark Goldberg spoke out about Spears’ 55-hour marriage to Alexander.
According to Goldberg, the couple married not long after Spears had flown Alexander into Las Vegas to party with her and her friends. At one point during the night, the singer suggested they get married, which Alexander agreed to.
“As I remember it, it was Britney’s idea to get married,” Goldberg told the outlet. “[Jason] said they hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs — or at least they weren’t drunk.”
The attorney continued, “He was clear, they weren’t… they just really loved each other … Jason was confused because he loved Britney and he didn’t want to hurt her.”
The morning after they exchanged vows inside A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Spears and Alexander called her mother, Lynne Spears, to share the news. Goldberg says it was then that “all hell broke loose.”
By the early afternoon, an annulment petition has been drawn up. Though Spears and Alexander didn’t want their nuptials annulled, Goldberg says they were forced to sign the papers by Lynne Spears and the “Gimme More” singer’s management team.
“It was the mother interfering in and inserting herself into her daughter’s life,” he claimed. “She came to Las Vegas, threw Jason out, and got him a plane ticket home.”
Mark Goldberg believes this event was one of the first examples of Britney Spears’ life being controlled
Since he loved Spears and wanted to remain in her life, Goldberg says Alexander went along with Lynne Spears and the management team’s demands.
“[Jason] was very afraid of her mother and management,” Goldberg shared. “This wasn’t a stranger she’d just picked up. They had known each other for years. He thought if he played the game and did what they asked, she’d come around, and he and Britney would be together.”
After their annulment, Alexander reached out to Goldberg for legal advice. According to the divorce attorney, Alexander wanted to be with Spears and was hopeful that they would be together in the future.
“I explained it to him. I told him we could fight the annulment, but I think in his heart Jason thought and hoped that if he went along with it, he, and Britney, the two of them, would get back together,” Goldberg explained.
Though Alexander was optimistic, Goldberg had reservations as he saw how much control Spears’ family had on her life.
“[Britney] gave in to her mother’s demands. Honestly, I feel sorry for the girl, and I felt sorry for [Jason],” Goldberg expressed. “But she’s been under the strict hands of her parents all her life – her mother, then her father who has made so much money off her. There’s no love, no respect there. There’s nothing there.”
He continued, “I really believe this particular event had a detrimental impact on Britney Spears’ life — the way she’s been controlled and the toll that has taken.”
Jason Alexander declares he was deceived into signing the annulment
During a recent appearance on Toxic: The Britney Spears Story podcast, Alexander had a similar sentiment to Goldberg’s account about his annulment and how easily Spears’ team took control over the situation.
Alexander claimed that he agreed to sign his and Spears’ marriage annulment under the impression that he and the singer could still date and pursue a future together. However, he quickly learned that that was false.
“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,” he recalled. “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.”
But exactly one month after he signed the annulment, Alexander says Spears’ phone had mysteriously been disconnected.
“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,'” he said. “I’m like, ‘F–k, they got me! Motherf–kers!’ So that was it.”