Britney Spears Checks Into Mental Health Facility

By Lindsey Weedston 04/05/19

“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” a source close to the pop star revealed.

Britney Spears with dad Jamie Spears and mother
Photo via Instagram

Pop icon Britney Spears has checked herself into what she’s calling a facility for “all-encompassing wellness treatment” after a health scare that nearly took her father from her.

Early this January, Spears composed an emotional tweet announcing that she would not be able to perform her new show, Britney: Domination, because her dad, Jamie Spears, “was hospitalized and nearly died.” Jamie suffered a colon rupture and has undergone multiple surgeries to repair the damage.

Domination was going to be Spears’ second Las Vegas residency show, during which she would have made $507,000 for each performance, according to Variety; it would have made her the highest paid act in town. The residency is now on indefinite hold after the star dropped everything to spend this time with her family and help take care of her ill father.

After three months, Spears has decided to take some time to take care of herself. According to a source who spoke to People, her dad is still not doing well and because the two are so close, the stress has taken a lot out of her. However, fans don’t need to worry.

“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” the source said. “He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well. They’re so close and it has been a lot. There is nothing dramatic going on with her—she just realized she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”

Spears has been an advocate of self-care for some time, and has shown herself to be dedicated to her family above all else. Last year, her eight-year-old niece had a frightening accident on her ATV that left the girl unconscious for two days. Spears herself saw her niece, Maddie, crash the vehicle into a pond and sink underwater almost instantly. The entire family present attempted to rescue Maddie without success, but thankfully emergency services were on the scene in two minutes and were able to get her out.

Thankfully, Maddie was able to make a full recovery without any evident neurological damage.

Britney Spears is a mother herself, and has recently earned praise for being a dedicated mom who appears to truly care about her kids above all else. In 2016, she published a love letter to her two boys, Jayden and Preston, in TIME

“You are my masterpieces,” she wrote. “From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core. Such a gift God has given me, exploring in your beautiful worlds every day. I pray as a mother I teach you strength and passion to carry through the struggles in the world. Most battles will always be won on your knees. I pray you find your dreams.”

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Lindsey Weedston is a Seattle area writer focused on mental health and addiction, politics, human rights, and various social issues. Her work has appeared in The Establishment, Ravishly, ThinkProgress, Little Things, Yes! Magazine, and others. You can find her daily writings at Twitter: