Earlier this year, Spears announced she'd be taking a break "indefinitely" from work after her father, Jamie Spears, suffered a life-threatening colon rupture.
"It’s important to always put your family first…and that’s the decision I had to make," she tweeted at the time. "A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised 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."
According to Variety, Jamie Spears recently underwent a second surgery to fix a ruptured colon.
A source close to the family told People that “Britney just needed to focus on herself” as she cares for her father Jamie after his “life-threatening” colon rupture.
“Her dad being sick has taken a toll on her,” the source continues. “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.”
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This article originally appeared on InStyle Australia.