Britney Spears’ mother Lynne forced the singer to annul her 55-hour marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander, claims divorce attorney Mark Goldberg.
The now-retired lawyer who advised Alexander says that neither the “Toxic” singer nor Alexander wanted the nuptials annulled, but were forced to do so by Lynne Spears and Britney’s management team.
“It was the mother interfering in and inserting herself into her daughter’s life,” Goldberg told The Daily Mail. “She came to Las Vegas, threw Jason out, and got him a plane ticket home.”
Goldberg says that when the young couple called Lynne Spears the morning after the nuptials, “all hell broke loose.”
In January 2004, Spears married Alexander at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The vows were annulled a scant 55 hours later by a petition that stated the performer “lacked understanding of her actions.” The pair, both now 39, had grown up together in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana.
Goldberg says that Alexander contacted him after the annulment looking for legal help.
“Jason was looking for advice,” Goldberg remembered. “He was very emotional and upset. Britney had called him to come to Las Vegas. She was there with friends as I recall, and she paid for his airfare to come.
“As I remember it, it was Britney’s idea to get married. He said they hadn’t been drinking or doing drugs – or at least they weren’t drunk.”
Goldberg says that he repeatedly asked Alexander if either of them were incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, but “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, but he was very afraid of her mother and management,” he continued. “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.”
Goldberg noted: “I really believe this particular event had a detrimental impact on Britney Spears’s life – the way she’s been controlled and the toll that has taken.”
Alexander’s version of what happened is remarkably similar to Goldberg’s account.
He recently appeared on the “Toxic: The Britney Spears Story” podcast where he opened up about the quickie marriage and asserts that he was deceived into signing the annulment.
“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,” Alexander 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.”
“So we were talking every day and I still believed the story I was told,” he continued. “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.”
But Alexander says that exactly one month after signing the annulment, Spears’ phone mysteriously stopped working.
“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 (imitating a call disconnect sound),’” he said. “I’m like ‘F–k they got me! Motherf–kers!’ So that was it.”
Seven months later Spears married dancer, Kevin Federline. The couple had two sons, Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14, before Spears filed for divorce in 2006.
The “Crossroads” actress has been in a protracted legal battle with her father over his conservatorship, which she claims has been “abusive.” Britney has retained a new attorney, Matthew Rosengart to help end the conservatorship.
Lynne Spears’ attorney did not reply for comment.