More than 17 years after their ill-fated Las Vegas wedding ceremony, Jason Alexander is speaking out about ex-wife Britney Spears' family, and the reason that they annulled their marriage only 55 hours after they got married.
Childhood sweethearts and friends since they were 5 years old, Spears and Alexander wed at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada in January of 2004. Barely two days after they said "I do", their marriage was over.
The short-lived union became just another in the long list of disastrous celebrity marriages, but according to Alexander, there were a lot more 'dark forces' involved than anybody knew at the time.
"We felt like this was a way we could be together. Britney was already feeling trapped, with everyone making money out of her." The singer's ex explained, detailing the events that led up to their whirlwind wedding. "We figured that if we were married, they would have to let us see each other."
Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. According to Alexander, what followed was a calculated and manipulative plan devised by her parents in order to keep them apart, and keep themselves in control of her money.
"What they did to Britney and me should have rung warning bells," Alexander said, referring to her future conservatorship.
"The men in black swooped in, along with her mum and other family members, and they made us sign paperwork under duress to end our marriage. We didn’t want to annul it. They lied to us. It was always about controlling Britney and controlling her money."
The ex of the megastar continued, "She’s been living a nightmare far worse than anyone can imagine for far longer than people realize."
Alexander felt outright 'tricked' by the "Baby, One More Time" singer's parents and legal team, who allegedly manipulated them both into ending their relationship. "I was tricked by her mom, dad and lawyers into signing the annulment."
Along with the lawyers, Jamie and Lynne Spears reportedly told him that their marriage "could hurt Britney’s career", which led to their reluctant agreement to get the annulment. "I loved her and was a naïve kid who had been raised to trust and respect my elders, just like she had."
Alexander claimed that despite their dissolution of the marriage, both he and Britney were assured that they could have a "big white wedding" in six months if they still felt the same way about each other, and that they were maliciously duped.
"They strung me along for 30 days, which was how long it took to get the annulment finalized, so I couldn’t contest it, and then they changed Britney’s number so I couldn’t talk to her," said Alexander, commenting after that "there have always been dark forces in her life."
Four years later, Spears was forced into what would become a complex and oppressive conservatorship that continues to this day.
As OK! previously reported, Spears recently gave a tearful court testimony calling the conservatorship "abusive", and claiming that she has since been denied the right to get married, have children, and even go to a doctor to remove her birth control device.