Ex-wife of Britney Spears’ former photographer boyfriend Adnan Ghalib speaks out – says she’s ‘f**king grateful’ the Toxic singer ‘removed him’ from her life
The woman whose marriage ended after her husband started an affair with Britney Spears in 2008 shares her story.
The pop star shocked her fans and family when she started dating paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had been on her tail for a long time in search of the perfect photo.
Unbeknownst to Spears at the time, Adnan was married.
The photographer had been married to AzLynn Berry for five years when he started seeing Spears. They broke up shortly after the alleged affair came to light.
Talk to Our Weekly, AzLynn revealed she was ‘grateful’ Spears’ involvement with her husband ultimately led to the end of their marriage.
Azlynn Berry, whose ex-husband Adnan Ghalib started a three-month relationship with Britney Spears in 2008, says she is ‘grateful’ to the singer for helping to remove her husband from her life.
Spears began dating Ghalib during her divorce from Kevin Federline, but she maintained in her memoir that she was not aware he was married until after they broke up; photo 2008
“I’m so fucking grateful that, for whatever reason, this incredible person walked into my husband’s life and removed him from mine,” she said.
The relationship between Spears and Ghalib began in late 2007 when Spears split from Kevin Federline – Ghalib took pictures of the singer as she jumped into his car in an attempt to evade other photographers.
Ghalib began working with Spears, but insisted to his then-wife that they were just friends.
At the time of the relationship, Berry insists their marriage was at a ‘peak’, saying ‘it was the closest we’ve ever been’, adding they were ‘definitely still married’ when the relationship began.
Berry claims Ghalib informed her that he was trying to help Britney in a role that mirrored that of a personal assistant.
“Britney was aware of the incoming conservatorship,” Berry said. “He told me a lot of intimate details (about her) … even mental health stuff.”
It wasn’t until January 2008 that Berry learned the truth behind their relationship.
The alleged affair had been going on for about three months when a photo of them kissing in a parking lot in Santa Barbara was published.
Berry filed for legal separation from Ghalib on January 18, 2008 before her ex filed for divorce in June of the same year.
‘I’m pretty sure I called and screamed at him. I probably texted him 50 times and waited for him to come back,’ she recalled when she confronted him. She added the discovery was ‘extremely traumatic’.
After the extramarital affair came to light, Berry filed for legal separation from Ghalib on 18 January 2008 before filing for divorce in June of the same year.
Spears addressed the alleged affair in her memoir, The Woman In Me, and insisted she was unaware Ghalib was married when they were together.
Without mentioning Ghalib directly in her memoirs, she wrote: ‘I did not know then that the photographer was married; I had no idea that I was essentially his mistress. I only found out after we broke up.’
Berry said Britney’s father Jamie ‘tried to inform Britney of my existence. (But) if you have a choice between listening to someone who kind of ripped your identity away and the hot guy with a thick accent who’s willing to treat you like a human being, you’re going to get what you want out of it.’
Spears pictured in 2018
‘He was very charismatic. I would never leave Adnan,” she said.
‘(Britney’s) presence was the catalyst that was strong enough to end the marriage, and I’m actually very, very grateful. I know for a fact that I would have killed myself if I stayed in a toxic relationship,’ Berry said.
Britney divorced Ghalib in 2008. Her father Jamie also successfully obtained a restraining order to keep Ghalib away from her, claiming that the photographer alerted paparazzi to Britney’s whereabouts and then received a fee from them.
Spears dated numerous other men in the following years before saying ‘I do’ again in 2022 – she married Sam Asghari, but they eventually split in 2023.
Spears addressed the relationship in her memoir, The Woman In Me, insisting she was unaware Ghalib was married when they were together
After her memoir was published, Adnan met The sun, insists he was separated from Berry for three years before he got involved with Spears.
“My wife and I are not divorced, but we have been separated for three years,” he told the outlet last year.
“I wasn’t living with her at the time, I was 100 percent single.”
‘After we were separated, people in Britney’s life during the conservatorship wanted to make out that I lied and cheated on her, which I didn’t.
“It was easy to paint me as a villain.”