More than ten years after a 2008 mental breakdown threatened to derail Britney Spears’ career and destroy her family, the pop star “is in a much, much, much better place,” a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly.
The “Stronger” singer, 37, could have become a sad footnote in pop culture history, instead, she battled back, becoming a great mom to her two sons, grossing nearly $138 million during her four-year Las Vegas residency (which wrapped in late 2017) and finding love with fitness trainer and model Sam Asghari.
Though her mental state has improved, not everything is perfect in her life. Her dad, Jamie Spears, is still in charge of a legal conservatorship that’s been in place since after her breakdown, and he is now in the midst of a life-threatening health crisis, which has caused her to put her second Las Vegas residency on hold.
While she longs for the freedom befitting someone who will turn 40 in a few years, Spears does appreciate how her dad, 66, has “given her tremendous space… He doesn’t live with her or micromanage her daily routine.” That routine includes plenty of her favorite things: dancing, exercising and spending time with sons Preston, 13, and Jayden, 12.
Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline, 40, has primary custody of their children, but they’ve worked things out so the “Lucky” singer can shuttle them to school, music lessons and sports. “She tries to help them with their homework,” added the insider.
Right now, Jamie’s health is the “Baby One More Time” singer’s main concern. “The stress has been hard on her,” said the insider, adding that her dad was scheduled to undergo another surgery in mid-March. “It’s been a very difficult time.” But even as the pop star faces new obstacles, said the insider, “she’s feeling confident enough to take control of her life again.”
For more on Spears’ new life, check out the video above. And for even more, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now.
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