Written by CNN Staff
As Britney Spears recovers in hospital from an apparent suicide attempt on Thursday, her boyfriend , American model Sam Asghari, is one of her closest allies.
“He is deeply concerned for her health and I am doing my best to get him out to be with her,” his mother, Nataliye, told People magazine Friday. “He is hoping to leave the country as soon as possible.”
Nataliye said she hoped her son, a dancer and pop culture enthusiast, could get to Los Angeles to be with Spears.
“He is heartbroken over what has happened and believes she needs a lot of time to grieve,” she said.
In recent days, Spears has been granted a short leave from the set of her Las Vegas show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” to “enjoy some personal time and spend time with her family,” according to a spokesperson for her show.
Asghari took to Instagram on Thursday evening to express his concern for Spears, who was hospitalized Wednesday night.
“I can’t stop crying. I’m so thankful to be by your side in this time,” he wrote. “You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you.
“I’m not a doctor but you have to be very careful what you do on stage/photo shoots I know exactly what it’s like when your mind and body are not right.”
Asghari, born Mahmoud Raouf in Syria in 1994, said in a follow-up Instagram post that he felt sorry for Spears.
“I think that she should go home and heal in peace and for a while,” he wrote. “You are an amazing woman I love you and I’m praying for you.”
Asghari played her love interest in the 2015 video for her song “Make Me,” directed by the “Toxic” singer herself.
Spears ended her world tour in early June. It’s not yet clear if the Canadian couple plan to continue touring together.
A check into a psychiatric hospital in 2003 after she struck a panic attack at the Las Vegas XS nightclub led to her lengthy stay in rehab.
Spears has two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline, and ended her engagement with Frenchman Martin Khumbuhl.
She was married for two years to Jason Alexander, who got in the ring ring after the couple divorced.