Britney Spears Taking Time in a Facility Amid 'Tremendous Stress' Over Father's Illness
By Antoinette Bueno
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Britney Spears is taking time for self-care.
A source close to the Spears family tells ET that the singer is currently in a facility taking time to care for herself because she’s been under tremendous stress over her father, Jamie Spears', current health crisis.
"She's taking 'me time,'" the source says.
On Wednesday, Spears Instagrammed, "We all need to take time for a little 'me time.' :)" alongside a message reading, "Fall in Love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit."
In January, 37-year-old Spears announced that she would be taking an indefinite work hiatus, postponing her album and putting her new Britney: Domination show at Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas on hold until further notice, following her father, Jamie Spears, suffering a life-threatening illness. Late last year, Jamie was rushed to the hospital when his colon ruptured. According to a release, he spent 28 days in the hospital, and the family credited the doctors and nurses for saving his life.
"I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family," Spears said in a statement. "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."
She also shared a childhood picture of herself with Jamie and her mother, Lynne, on Instagram, writing, "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."
"Britney loves her career and her fans, so the decision to step away from her career wasn't easy, but she just wanted to be there for her dad, as he's always been there for her," the source added. "She feels she owes him her life because he was there for her during her darkest hours. She is doing really well despite the circumstances and definitely plans to return to performing once she knows her father is in the clear. He still has a lot of recovering to do but really is doing much better."
The source also said that she was leaning on her boyfriend, 25-year-old model Sam Asghari, for support.
"Her boyfriend Sam has been there for Britney and her family through this difficult time," the source said. "After what Britney has been through in her past relationships, it's taken the family a great deal of time to trust any man, and the family has really taken to Sam. ... Britney will never regret taking this time off to focus on her father and her family and she's looking forward to returning to the stage and doing what she loves most."