1HE WAS BORN IN IRAN AND CAME TO THE U.S. 9 YEARS AGO.
Sam is actually short for his given name, Hesam, which Iranian history tells us means sharp sword, or protector. The 22-year-old buff brunette is proficient in Farsi and recently posted on his Instagram page that he still practices reading and writing in his native tongue often, usually before he goes to sleep. Props to Sam for embracing his Persian heritage!
2HE MET BRITNEY ON THE SET OF THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HER NEW SINGLE, “SLUMBER PARTY.”
Sam stars as Britney’s object of desire in the sultry clip. This isn’t his 1st rodeo, however. He was featured as a sexy construction worker in pop group Fifth Harmony’s music video for their early 2016 mega hit, “Work From Home,” which has over 1.2 billion Youtube views.
Sam also dated Latin pop artist Mayra Veronica after co-starring in one of her music videos in 2015. We did some digging and came across the music video for Mayra’s 2011 hit, “Freak Like Me.” Anyone else think it sounds eerily like late 2000s Britney?
3HE PLAYED COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND WAS A MEMBER OF THE NFL’S L.A. RAMS… FOR A DAY.
Sam spends his days as a trainer at Royal Personal Training gym in Los Angeles, but he’s also a bona fide model. He just launched a super dope winter campaign with sports apparel giant Under Armour and recently donned an L.A. Rams jersey as the body, er, face of the pro football team on several 140-foot long billboards across Southern California. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound behemoth is no stranger to the sport: he lettered in high school as a defensive lineman (coincidentally, his prep teammate Nelson Spruce spent his rookie season with the Rams in 2016) and played in college as a tight end. Quite a perfect position for Sam, wouldn’t you say?
4HE IS A VALLEY BOY.
Sam lives in Studio City, which is essentially the southern tip of L.A.’s San Fernando Valley (SFV). He graduated from Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks – a Conejo Valley suburb 40 miles north of L.A. – and played football for one season at nearby Moorpark College. His dentist is a fellow Valley Persian. Spears, coincidentally, owns two mansions in the affluent Thousand Oaks area, and when the couple was famously spotted out publicly for the 1st time on a dinner date in early December, it was at popular Woodland Hills Japanese BBQ restaurant Gyu-Kaku inside the Westfield Topanga mall, a favorite among Persians who live in the SFV.
5HE LIKES HIS WOMEN INSTAFAMOUS.
Sam’s most recent ex-girlfriend is former Playboy Playmate of the Month Jessa Hinton, who boasts 1.2 million Instagram followers. While Sam is no social media slouch (he’s got nearly 200,000 Instagram followers), his “following” list is uber-exclusive: Britney is one of only 54 people he currently follows on the photo-sharing platform, though she has yet to reciprocate. Hinton, on the other hand, follows more than 4,000 profiles, with one notable pop diva among them: the one verified account belonging to… you guessed it, Britney Spears!
One interesting similarity is that neither Sam nor Jessa are “verified” on Instagram. Let’s see if 2017 changes that.
6SAM AND THE SIX DEGREES OF MOHAMED HADID.
With so many renowned kids, a famous ex-partner (Mohamed divorced Yolanda Foster of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Fame in 2000), a stable of close friends in the greater hip-hop community and a strong (almost 600,000 Instagram followers) and deceptively hilarious social media presence, entrepreneur Mohamed Hadid is the social media generation’s Kevin Bacon. From R&B megastar The Weeknd – who until recently dated Mohamed’s fashion model daughter, Bella – to pop superstar Zayn Malik – who is dating Mohamed’s other model daughter, Gigi – the ubiquitous Hadid’s presence is literally on the charts as well as off them. And let’s not forget that he is practically BFFs with our favorite Persian pop singer, Andy.
Even Sam’s cohorts at Royal Personal Training have a Hadid connection: brothers Shahin and Shayan Safai’s stunning sibling Shiva is Mohamed’s fiancée.
7HE WON’T BE THE 1ST GUY NAMED SAM FROM THE VALLEY TO SLEEP OVER AT BRITNEY’S.
For a hot minute, Britney was managed by ex-best friend and fellow Valley middle easterner Sam Lutfi, although that turned ugly really quickly. Lutfi – who also reportedly worked with rocker Courtney Love and tried to help troubled actress Amanda Bynes during separate, brief periods – was linked to Spears during some of her darkest times, and the two spent years battling each other with lawyers before reaching an out of court settlement this past September. During his time with Spears, Lutfi reportedly moved into her home to help the entertainer cope with personal issues during a difficult period.
8HE DIDN’T ALWAYS LOOK LIKE FANTASTIC SAM.
Sam weighed as much as 255 pounds in high school, and it wasn’t exactly pretty. Though he has always been a gym rat, he didn’t transform his body and lifestyle until one fateful Saturday night a couple of years back when he found himself down, at home and alone with no date. That’s when he decided to ramp up his workout regimen and start eating cleaner.
9ESTEGHLAL OR PERSPOLIS?
Growing up in Iran, you’re either a “red” or a “blue,” which references the team colors of the two most popular soccer clubs in the country’s renowned Persian Gulf Pro League, Persepolis and Esteghlal. Think New York’s Mets versus Yankees, amplified across the spectrum of an entire country. We can only assume that Sam is a Perspolis fan to the core, as evidenced by all the scarlet hues he wears.
10HE MIGHT OR HE MIGHT NOT BE LIVING WITH BRITNEY RIGHT NOW.
Rumor has it that Asghari will temporarily relocate to Las Vegas in January to live near Britney, but in his own Penthouse Suite at the Planet Hollywood Resort. Britney will continue her Planet Hollywood residency in early January after a brief holiday hiatus.
The duo has been seen together near Britney’s current Calabasas home in the SFV the past month, the most recent spotting being at Malibu’s upscale Nobu sushi restaurant. And then there was the internet-breaking, Snapchat-filtered festive video posted by both Sam (Instagram story) and Britney (Snapchat) on Christmas… in what could be Britney’s bed.