It's been over a week since Sam Asghari proposed to Britney Spears, and fans still aren't quite sure what to think about the situation.
First of all, the fact that Britney is even allowed to get engaged represents a major victory.
If you've been keeping up with the fight to end Britney's conservatorship, then you're probably aware that it was only recently that the singer began to regain control of certain crucial aspects of her life.
And Sam is the guy who's been supporting Brit through some of the most difficult years of her life.
So in a sense, this engagement is the ultimate happy ending.
But some fans believe there's major cause for concern, and while we're sure they'd love to be happy for Britney, they can't help but focus on the red flags.
Not surprisingly, there are some fears that Sam is only after Britney for her money.
You would think the fact that these two have been together for several years would be enough to assuage those concerns, but apparently, a lot of folks suspect that Sam has been playing the long con.
Sure, that sounds a little crazy, but it's not hard to see why Britney diehards might be feeling a little overprotective toward their fav these days.
And those fears seemed to be confirmed over the weekend by an eye-catching headline that made its way across the social media landscape.
TMZ spoke with an ex-girlfriend of Sam's named Marya Veronica, and outlets that quoted from the interview selectively reported that she remarked on Sam hitting "the jackpot" with Britney.
Out of context, it sounded as though Marya was suggesting that Sam is nothing but a gold digger who's finally struck it rich.
However, the full interview tells a very different story.
“He finally hit the jackpot!” Marya said to the outlet -- but it was the comments she made afterward that tell the bulk of the story:
“She hit the jackpot too, though. He’s extremely supportive, he’s a really, really supportive guy, and after all the s–t she’s been through, that’s what she needs," she said.
“I feel very happy for them."
Asked for her predictions about the future of the relationship, Marya remarked:
“I think she’s with the right guy."
Of course, Victoria was quick to admit that Britney and Sam's relationship is more complicated than most, so it's difficult to say what lies ahead for them.
“Hollywood, it’s so hard to tell, but he’s such a charming, sweet guy that I really hope so for her sake," she said.
"She’s been through enough.”
Marya even remarked on Britney's engagement ring, giving it an enthusiastically positive review.
“It’s good! It’s whatever that goes with their style," she said.
So there you have it.
Fans might remain skeptical, but Marya -- who seems to have nothing but good things to say about her ex -- is filled with optimism.
Sam has been appearing in the media more than ever in recent weeks, and some believe he's enjoying the spotlight a bit too much.
It's possible that he is hoping to become famous in his own right.
But it's just as likely that he and Britney are both just making the most of her newfound freedom.
That said, the fans who have advised Britney to get a prenup probably have the right idea.