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Sam Asghari has nothing but positive things to say about his marriage to Britney Spears

The former couple, who began dating in 2017 before marrying in June 2022, separated back in August, but Asghari tells PEOPLE exclusively he is grateful for their relationship. 

“It was a blessing to be able to share life with someone for a long time. And people grow apart and people move on,” the actor and model, 29, says simply.

Though Asghari was the one to file for divorce from Spears, 42, he adds that he holds no ill will towards his ex. In fact, he'd much rather celebrate their time together.


“I've always hated people leaving a certain relationship — and at some point they told each other they love each other and they sat at the same table and ate food [together] — so I never understood when people part ways [and] they talk badly about each other,” the actor says. “That's something I'm never going to do because I had nothing but an amazing experience and a great life, and that's always going to be part of my life, a chapter of my life.”


Looking ahead, Asghari is preparing to ring in his 30th birthday on March 3, and he’s focused on furthering his career and maintaining a “healthy lifestyle.”


“I used to think people that were 30 years old were so old when I was in high school. But every person I talk to, the older they get, the more they get to enjoy life because with age comes wisdom and experiences,” he says. “And I think experiences in life are beautiful, so that's something that I'm just super excited to just be fulfilled with.”


His marriage to and subsequent divorce from Spears falls into the category of life experiences, and Asghari plans to just continue to take everything in stride — though for now, the only woman in his life is his Doberman, Porsha.


“I always have the most positive mindset about life. My experiences in life have shaped me into the man I am today. I will continue growing. I come from a place where we celebrate our past,” he says. “I look back fondly. My past was a blessing and beautiful.”