Britney Spears announced this week that she’ll be spending time in a mental health treatment facility for an overall wellness boost. The 37-year-old pop star has been struggling since her father’s health scare late last year.
On Instagram, Britney told her 21 million followers that she decided to check herself into a treatment center. “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time,'” she wrote. The facility allegedly offers general “wellness treatment,” as opposed to acute care for a mental health crisis.
A source close to Britney set the record straight about the reason she sought treatment. “It’s not a rehab for drugs or alcohol, not a place she formally checks into and begins a ‘program,’ per say,” the source told E! News. “This place affords her the opportunity to rejuvenate and rest, it gives her the ability to recharge with some real peace and quiet, so she’s taking a few weeks to do that.”
Her father, Jamie Spears, has served as Britney’s conservator since 2008 following her very public breakdown. In November 2018, Jamie Spears suffered a major health scare when his colon ruptured. After emergency surgery, he spent nearly a month in the hospital.
Although Jamie is expected to make a full recovery, the stress of his illness–plus mounting a new show in Las Vegas–seems to have been too much for Britney.
In January, Britney decided to put Domination on indefinite hold. Although she said the move broke her heart, the “Toxic” singer needed to put her family first. Earlier this month, we also found out that Britney’s co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, had abruptly quit.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,” she told fans in a statement. “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.”
Britney’s boyfriend, personal trainer Sam Asghari, offered his support on Instagram. He wrote, “It isn’t weakness. It’s a sign of absolute strength, people should only be inspired by this, at least I am.”
Her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, is also supporting Britney’s treatment. He will be caring for their 2 sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, while Britney gets the help she needs.
The announcement comes less than a week after Justin Bieber stepped back from his music career to focus on his mental health and well-being.