Britney Spears chose to check herself into a mental health facility as a direct result of her father Jamie Spears’ worsening condition, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.
“Britney was distraught when her dad first got sick,” the insider explains. “Then there was a period where she was handling it better and feeling more positive because Jamie seemed to be improving, but then his condition worsened and she couldn’t emotionally handle the thought of potentially losing him. It was her breaking point.”
Multiple sources confirmed to Us on Wednesday, April 3, that the 37-year-old singer entered treatment at a mental health facility. According to one insider, she is at a “wellness center that prioritizes physical, mental and spiritual well-being.”
The source noted that “Britney will be there for a few weeks” and her sons Preston, 13, and Jayden, 12, “are in the full-time care of their dad, Kevin [Federline], for the time being.”
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I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.com. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always.
Jamie, 66, was hospitalized in November 2018. He underwent surgery after his colon spontaneously ruptured. A January press release stated that he was sent home after 28 days and was “gaining strength and … expected to make a full recovery.”
Britney announced in January that she would put her Las Vegas residency on hold amid her father’s health battle. “I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,” she said in a statement at the time. “We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me.”
The “…Baby One More Time” songstress revealed that her dad “almost died” amid the ordeal. “We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him,” she said.
According to a source, Britney’s boyfriend, Sam Asghari, “has been nothing but supportive through everything.”
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