The 37-year-old pop star made the announcement in a press release as well as a social media post explaining that her decision to put the brakes on her career was to care for her father, Jamie Spears, 66, after his ‘colon spontaneously ruptured’.
‘Two months ago, Mr. Jamie Spears became seriously ill and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery,’ the release stated.
Britney’s father then spent nearly a full month in the hospital and is ‘recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery.’
Time off: Britney Spears is taking a break from work to care for her ailing father as recovers from spending a month in the hospital after his colon ‘spontaneously ruptured’
The hotly anticipated Britney: Domination residency was planned to launch in February at Las Vegas’ Park Theater and run through August, but it is now being placed on hold ‘until further notice,’ according to the release.
‘I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,’ Britney wrote on Instagram Friday afternoon.
‘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,’ she continued.
The post was accompanied by an old image of a young Britney after a dance recital with her father and mother, Lynne Spears, 63. The couple divorced in 2002, but reconciled in 2010, according to reports.
‘However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died,’ the star revealed to fans in the post.
Daddy’s girl: Britney said on social media that while it was a ‘difficult decision’ she is sticking by her father
‘However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died,’ Britney explained on social media
She added that she was ‘so grateful’ that her father survived the ailment, ‘but he still has a long road ahead of him.’
The Hit Me Baby One More Time hitmaker explained on social media that she made a ‘difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.’
The star apologized to fans and asked for their understanding. She also provided information about ticket refunds, which will be issued in full.
‘I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,’ Britney said through a representative. ‘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.’
Family: Britney and her father (left) have always had a close bond as he was named her conservator, managing her money and life following her erratic behavior over a decade ago. The pair are seen here with brother Bryan and mom Lynne
Britney’s father Jamie has been in control of her money and assets since a judge placed her under a conservatorship in 2008.
Prior to the judge stepping in, Britney’s behavior had become erratic for several years. In 2006, paparazzi photos surfaced showing the pop star driving with her young son on her lap.
A year later she checked herself out of a rehab facility after just one day and then infamously shaved her head at a Los Angeles salon. Britney later re-entered treatment.
Also in 2007, Britney and her mother, Lynne, were estranged for several months.
In 2008, Lynne then published a memoir, Through The Storm: A Real Story Of Fame And Family In A Tabloid World, in which she revealed that Britney had started drinking at 13, lost her virginity at 14 and started taking drugs at 15.
The book was released the same year that Spears was hospitalized and placed on a 5150 hold after she refused to release her two sons to their father, ex Kevin Federline.
On hold: Brit’s new Las Vegas residency was expected to open in February and would have made her the highest paid star on the strip
The Toxic singer’s conservatorship, which is still in effect today, is overseen by her father and lawyer Andrew M. Wallet.
Jamie, it’s said is so actively involved in his daughter’s monetary affairs that he was said to have asked to see ex-son-in-law Federline’s tax returns after he requested a $20,000-a-month increase in monthly child support, E! Online reported in March 2018.
After Federline refused Jamie’s original offer of $10,000 more, Britney and Federline were said to have struck a deal in September 2018, in which she pays him thousands of dollars more in child support, above the $20,000 that he was already getting from her, The Blast reported. It’s unclear exactly how much more Federline was given, as agreement is confidential.
The New York Times reported in 2016 that Britney was paying her father $130,000 a year to manage her finances and other affairs and that every purchase she makes is kept track of in court documents in an effort to keep her fortune in tact.
Britney’s net worth is currently estimated to be about $215million, according to an October estimate from Celebrity Net Worth. This does not include any money she might’ve made from the Britney: Domination residency, however.
That now-canceled residency was previously marked a major milestone in her career.
The star was slated to make a little over a half-million dollars per show – a record in the industry.
The Grammy winner was also reportedly working on her 10th studio album.