Britney Spears Reportedly Checks Herself Into Mental Health Facility
“Pop Princess” Britney Spears reportedly checked herself into a mental health treatment facility about a week ago, TMZ reported. TMZ sources say the star has been “distraught” over her father’s illness.
In January, Spears told fans in an Instagram post that she would not be performing in her new Vegas residency show called “Domination” due to her father’s near-death health experience.
“I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart,” she wrote. “However, it’s important to always put your family first… 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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I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. 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. 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. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.com. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always.
On Wednesday, the “Gimme More” singer posted a self-care image on Instagram with the caption, “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’ :)”
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This isn’t the first time Spears has been in the news regarding mental health concerns. During her highly-publicized mental health crisis in 2007, Spears was photographed shaving her head and later striking a paparazzo’s car repeatedly with an umbrella.
Spears addressed these incidents in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, saying, “I think I had to give myself more breaks through my career and take responsibility for my mental health.”
She also said she felt “lost” during this time of her life.
I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. I was trying to please everyone around me because that’s who I am deep inside. There are moments where I look back and think, “What the hell was I thinking?”
Fans took to Twitter to show their support for the singer after hearing news of her recent admission to the treatment center.
All I know for sure right now is that I’m sending all my love to @britneyspears.
— Bradley Stern (@MuuMuse) April 3, 2019
Take all the time you need, @britneyspears. Millions of us are rooting for you, always. ❤️
— T. Kyle ????️???? (@tkylemac) April 3, 2019
i will fight anyone that makes jokes about mental health and britney spears.
— ????alim kheraj (@alimkheraj) April 3, 2019
If this news is hard for you, there is help available. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741.
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