Sunday 20 January 2019

Britney Spears announces 'indefinite work hiatus' to care for her father as he recovers from life-threatening illness

Honoree Britney Spears attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Honoree Britney Spears attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, "Britney: Domination" at Park MGM on October 18, 2018
Britney Spears in London. Picture: Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Britney Spears brought her Piece of Me Tour to the 3Arena on Monday. Photo: Getty Images
Britney Spears
Image: Britney Spears/Instagram
Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Craig Simpson

Britney Spears is taking an indefinite break from work to care for her father as he recovers from a life-threatening illness.

The singer said she wanted to support her family as they have always supported her, and has put her planned Britney Domination residency in Las Vegas on hold.

She has thanked fans for their support during her father's recent struggles with ill-health, as she looks to honour the "very special relationship" with her family.

Jamie Spears suffered a ruptured colon and underwent major surgery in Las Vegas.

After 28 days in hospital, he is now recuperating from the major illness at home.

Singer Spears has announced that she will put all commitments on hold to be with her father and care for him during his recovery.

In a post on her official website titled "Britney announces indefinite work hiatus", the Toxic singer explained that she wants to be with her family during this difficult time.

She said: "I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family.

"We have a very special relationship.

"I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me.

"Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time.

"I apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and I look forward to the time when I can be back on stage performing for all of you."

Her father is expected to make a full recovery and is said the be regaining his strength at home.

Representatives of Spears have announced that full refunds are available for touring dates affected by the decision her decision to focus on her family.

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