Self-care goes beyond just Instagram bubblebath pictures and treating yourself to fun gifts. Sometimes, it means turning to professionals for help in times when we need support as we process our stress and related emotions. On Wednesday, Britney Spears checked into a wellness facility amid her father’s ongoing health battle following a colon rupture late last year. According to reports, Spears has the support of some of the most important people in her life: her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, and her boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
Spears posted a quote on Instagram Wednesday that read, “Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit.” In the caption, she added, “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’ :)” Later, people confirmed the singer had checked into “an all-encompassing wellness facility.”
“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” a source told People. “He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago. He’s not doing well. They’re so close and it has been a lot. There is nothing dramatic going on with her — she just realized she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”
In January, Spears announced that she was putting her Britney: Domination Las Vegas residency on hold to be with her family. Last month, she confirmed she was “continuing to focus on her family” after her dad, Jamie Spears, underwent a second surgery.
As noted above, Spears taking time for herself is a good thing and she has support from the people she loves. Her younger sister Jamie Lynn posted a sweet throwback photo of the pair on her Instagram and praised Spears in the caption: “Yup, she rode the bus home with me after my first day of school, cuz she’s the fn best #WCW.”
Meanwhile, Asghari reposted Spears’ quote and wrote, “It isn’t weakness, It’s a sign of absolute strength, people should only be inspired by this, at least I am. #stronger.”
According to Entertainment Tonight, Spears, who is very close with her father, is worried that he may not recover from his illness. A source told the outlet, “She has had little communication to the outside world and spends most of her time with the staff and kids. She’s truly isolating herself. She is painfully protective of her children and doesn’t trust anyone with them. She worries constantly about them. The children are doing fine. She loves them so much and tries so hard with them.”
The source added that Spears is “white-knuckling this time just trying to hold it together,” which has allegedly affected her relationship with Asghari — but from what we can tell, he’s being as supportive as possible.
Serious illnesses are never easy to deal with and we commend Spears for taking time to care for herself.