Britney Spears may be one of the most recognizable figures in pop culture, but she’s taking a step back from the spotlight.
Earlier this year, the singer announced her indefinite hiatus from performing due to her father’s health concerns. And after nearly three months of radio silence, Spears returned to her Instagram to share an important message about mental health with fans.
The text post reads: “Fall in love with taking care of yourself. Mind. Body. Spirit.” with the caption, “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.'”
The post comes shortly after it was reported that Spears checked herself into a mental health facility to seek treatment for her recent battles. An inside source told E! News that the pop star has been struggling to balance her busy career and her father’s worsening condition.
Back in January, Spears opened up about her father’s life-threatening colon rupture and the emotional pain it has caused her and her family. “We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him,” she wrote along with a childhood photo of herself and her parents. “I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”
Another source explained to ET: “She seems to be on a constant roller coaster and can’t get off. She is finally getting the help she needs. She is the one who finally decided she needed help and made the decision to manage her own emotions. She finally realized it was affecting her everyday life and even her relationships. She wants to feel better and more relaxed and taking time to focus on herself truly is her only option. It has been a rough year. While those closest to her have encouraged her to get help, she finally decided on her own it was time.”
Though it’s surely difficult for Spears to put her career on hold, the decision to put her well-being first is admirable and not something to apologize for. Both her fans and loved ones are showing their support. “It isn’t weakness, It’s a sign of absolute strength, people should only be inspired by this, at least I am,” her boyfriend of about two years, Sam Asghari, wrote on Instagram. We couldn’t agree more.