He’s dating the biggest pop star ever and they bonded over … sushi? Britney Spears’ boyfriend, Sam Asghari, gushed that he and the icon hit it off right away when they first met but are just like any other ~regular~ couple. The stud opened up about his relationship in his first-ever television interview on September 4.

The 37-year-old songstress took her romance with the boxer, 25, public on New Year’s Day in 2017. The pair met back in October 2016 on the set of her music video “Slumber Party,” where Sam played the singer’s love interest. That’s some serious foreshadowing! Surprisingly, he was handpicked by Brit herself before they even met face-to-face — he didn’t even “have to audition.”

Britney Spears’ Boyfriend Sam Asghari in Slumber Party Music Video

“It was a direct book,” Sam recalled to Entertainment Tonight about the project. “A good friend of mine was working on the music video at the time. They told the casting director, ‘You should cast this guy,’ and then they sent my pictures to my [future] girlfriend and she picked it. She said, ‘I want this guy.’ And that’s how it was.”

Sparks flew on set and the two instantly clicked. “At the music video, we connected, we talked,” the athlete explained. “We talked about, ‘What do you like to eat? Sushi.’ … And then [exchanged] text messages and, next thing you know, a date. Just like a normal couple.”

“Slumber Party” was the second music video Sam starred in, he was also featured in Fifth Harmony‘s “Work From Home.”

Britney Spears’ Boyfriend Sam Asghari in "Work From Home" Fifth Harmony Music Video

He explained that the opportunity with the “Womanizer” artist came as a pleasant surprise. “I got a lot of attention from Fifth Harmony, so I knew what I was stepping into,” Sam said. “Fifth Harmony was just coming out as a little group, and now Britney Spears, the Princess of Pop, is calling me, wanting me to play the love interest of the movie. I said, ‘Why not? Let me give it a shot.’”

It’s a modern-day love story fit for a princess (of pop)!