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Britney Spears Announces 'Indefinite Work Hiatus' Amid Dad's 'Life-Threatening' Health Scare

People logo People 2019-01-04 Nick Maslow
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Britney Spears is halting all her work as she supports her father Jamie Spears after he suffered a “life-threatening” colon rupture from which he is expected to recover, the superstar announced on Friday.

“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say,” began Britney, 37, in an emotional tweet, including a photo of a young Britney with both her parents, Jamie, 66, and Lynne, 63. “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.”

Britney Spears and woman posing for a photo: Britney Spears and her father.  © Kevin Mazur/WireImage; VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Britney Spears and her father.  “I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,” explained Britney — whose new Las Vegas residency was set to launch at the Park MGM Theater in February — in a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Friday. “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.”

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The Grammy winner added, “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.”

The statement included information for fans who have already purchased concert tickets to Spears’ highly anticipated show: “Refunds are available at original point of purchase. For more information please contact Ticketmaster customer service at 800-745-3000.”

Two months ago, 66-year-old Jamie “became seriously ill and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas,” reads the statement. “His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery.”

Britney Spears holding a glass of wine: Britney Spears and father Jamie. © Chris Farina/Corbis/Getty Britney Spears and father Jamie.

Jamie “spent the next 28 days in the hospital under the care of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff at the hospital, [which] the Spears family credits 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.”

As the statement explains, the singer “has been tremendously involved with caring for her family, and as a result of [Jamie’s] health issues and ongoing recovery, she is going to take time off.”

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