BRITNEY Spears has put her highly-anticipated 10th studio album ‘on hold’ while she supports her father’s recovery from a near fatal health scare.
It comes just days after the iconic entertainer told fans she was postponing the launch of her second Las Vegas residency show.
The chart-topping singer, 37, had been working on the new album with top songwriters including Justin Tranter, who has recently worked with Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga.
Britney’s manager told US publication Variety: “Everything is on hold right now until Jamie is better.
“But once he is, she will resume working on the album with Justin. Right now, she’s taking some time off to deal with these family issues.”
In a statement, a spokesperson for the star explained that Britney’s beloved father, Jamie Spears, was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas two months ago after his colon spontaneously ruptured.
Jamie was immediately taken into surgery, spending the next 28 days in hospital – which the family credit with saving his life.
The statement continues: “After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery.”
Britney also issued a separate statement on her Instagram page, sharing a throwback photo of herself with her parents as a child.
Asking for fans to keep her family in their prayers, the star wrote: “I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say.
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Britney added: “I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart.
“However, it’s important to always put your family first… And that’s the decision I had to make. 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. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.
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