Britney Spears checks into a mental health facility midst father's ongoing health battle

Amy West

Britney Spears is set to take part in a 30-day programme after checking herself into a mental health facility following her father’s ongoing health problems.

The Toxic singer’s father, Jamie Spears, was hospitalised with intestine issues back in January after his colon ruptured late last year. Spears was in the middle of a Las Vegas residency with her show Domination at the time, but soon explained to fans that she was putting any future performances on hold indefinitely in order to help care for her parent.

Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, ‘Britney: Domination’ at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. S(Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)

Taking to Instagram, Spears wrote: “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.

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“I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”

According to US gossip site TMZ, Spears’ father has undergone two surgeries in recent months, one of which he is still suffering complications from which has led to her decision to seek out professional counselling.

“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” a source close to Spears reportedly told the publication. “He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well. 

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“They’re so close and it has been a lot. There is nothing dramatic going on with her – she just realised she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”

On 3 April 2019, she took to Instagram once again to share a quote that reads, “Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit.” Alongside the image, she wrote: “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.'”