Amid reports of her father’s health struggles, pop princess Britney Spears has reportedly checked into a mental health facility.
The 37-year-old singer and mother of two has reportedly been in the facility for nearly a week and is scheduled to remain there for a month, TMZ reports, citing anonymous sources. The outlet claims that her father, Jamie Spears, and his declining health is the reason for the pop singer’s emotional state. Jamie's had to undergo two surgeries since his colon ruptured without warning in November, and Britney put her Las Vegas residency on hold in order to be there for him, according to Page Six.
Her father’s health has been worsening as of late and Britney is struggling to handle it, an unnamed source close to the family told the outlet, calling Jamie “the support in [Britney’s] life.”
“Britney was having a hard time dealing with her dad’s health issues. Britney hasn’t been drinking or doing drugs or anything, she just has some very difficult emotional and mental health issues. She’s gone away to try to deal with her issues before they get worse,” said the source.
“She has recently been showing signs of being under a lot of strain,” they continued.
An unnamed source reported a similar story to E! News, telling the outlet that Spears had been “balancing her own health as well as dealing with her father’s condition.”
Spears returned to social media after a three-month absence on Wednesday with a post about the importance of self-care.
“Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, and spirit,” the image reads. Spears wrote in the caption, “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’”
Spears opened up about her father’s health and explained her decision to put performing on hold in a lengthy Instagram post in January.
“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “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.”
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