Britney Spears announces 'indefinite work hiatus' after father 'almost died'
The singer has cancelled her shows in Las Vegas to help care for her family.
Britney Spears has announced that she will be on an indefinite work hiatus in order to care for her convalescent father.
The announcement comes just as she was about to begin a Las Vegas residency, performing the show Britney: Domination at the Park MGM resort.
According to various media reports, Spears’ father, Jamie, suffered a ruptured colon and underwent emergency surgery a few months ago.
In a statement that can be seen on her official website, the pop singer said, ““I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family. 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. Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time. I apologize 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."
She also posted a message on her Instagram account, saying, “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.”
She went on to speak of refunding tickets and asked for prayers and support.
This year, the 37-year-old marks the 20th anniversary of her first hit, …Baby One More Time.