Britney Spears announced Friday she’s indefinitely postponing her new Las Vegas residency show, “Domination,” because her father, Jamie Spears, has been so ill with a ruptured colon he almost died.
In a series of tweets, she said she was heartbroken about what’s happened.
“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” her first tweet opened. “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.”
She didn’t say in her tweets what has ailed her father but asked for understanding.
She also posted about her father on her Instagram page.
Spears’ father is Jamie Spears, who has been in charge of his 37-year-old daughter’s estate and finances for nearly a decade as her conservator. Spears has two sons, Sean, 13, and Jayden, 12.
Spears’ representative, Jeff Raymond, said Jamie Spears became ill two months ago and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.
“His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery,” Raymond said in a statement to USA TODAY. “(He) spent the next 28 days in the hospital under the care of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, who the Spears family credits with saving his life.
“After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery.”
The Grammy-winning Spears announced her new Vegas residency in October, and had planned to perform 32 shows at the Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February.
Her new residency poster was projected onto the side of the Park MGM, paired with some of her greatest hits, including “Toxic,” “…Baby One More Time,” “Slave 4 U” and “Circus.”
On New Year’s Eve 2018, she wound up her “Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood in Vegas, with a record 248 shows.
Her success as an artist and performer mirrors her success at stabilizing her personal life and mental health, after suffering a public breakdown in 2008 that put her on an involuntary psychiatric hold at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Before that, there were public breakups, one quickie marriage later annulled, a second marriage that later led to a toxic divorce, two kids, a custody battle, one shambolic reality TV show, and a split from a longtime manager. At one chaotic point in her life, she was photographed shaving her own head at a Los Angeles hair salon.
But over the last decade under her father’s supervision, along with lawyer Andrew Wallet, Spears has stabilized, and her career has boomed.
Since 2008, she’s released multiple albums, done two world tours, been a mentor on “The X Factor” for a reported $15 million payout, joined the new era of Las Vegas residencies, and renewed her contract with RCA Records.
Plus, her empire, including perfume and a lingerie line in her name, continues to grow.
And she’s still one of those polite celebrities, careful to say thank you to fans.
“I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always,” she signed off in her final tweet.
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