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Britney Spears Was Not Denied a Marriage Venue, Says Catholic Church

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Oops…Britney Spears actually didn’t inquire about her wedding, according to a Catholic parish. St. Monica Church in Santa Monica, California, is defending itself after the pop star claimed the church denied her request to get married there.

In a now-deleted Instagram post from late July, Spears shared a photo of the sanctuary and wrote: “This is where I originally wanted to get married during COVID. I wanted to go every Sunday. Then 2 years later when I wanted to get married there they said I had to be catholic and go through [a] TEST!!! Isn’t church supposed to be open to all???”

Spears, 40, married Sam Asghari in June at her Los Angeles home. The singer was raised Baptist and has studied Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism. During a successful legal battle to end a lengthy conservatorship, Spears accused her father of using the Christian faith to control her. For example, the mother of two says she was denied the opportunity to try to have more children.

Spears and Asghari, who got engaged last September, announced a pregnancy in April but then a miscarriage one month later.

Britney Spears Has Never Been Here, Says Catholic Church

When asked about Britney Spears’ claim, a St. Monica’s representative says the church has no records of the singer requesting a wedding there. It also has no indication that Spears ever stepped foot inside the facility.

Furthermore, the rep tells reporters that the photo Spears posted, which features a couple getting married at St. Monica’s, seems to be from a livestreamed ceremony. The rep adds that the couple pictured says Spears didn’t attend their wedding.

In response to Spears’ claims that you must be Catholic and go through a “test” to have a church wedding, a spokesperson says that’s partly true. Either the bride or groom needs to be a baptized member of a Catholic church. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles also requires a marriage-prep course for all engaged couples who desire a church wedding.

A Church Is ‘Not Just a Random Venue’

Before Britney Spears deleted her post, some of her followers corrected her. “This is a MESS!” someone writes. “To get married in the Catholic Church, yes, you have to be Catholic. It’s not just a random venue.”

Agreeing with that, one person writes, “It’s always been that way.” Another tells Spears, “Some traditions need to be respected, Britney.”