Britney Spears Checks Herself Into a Mental Health Facility for Self-Care

"Fall in love with taking care of yourself—mind, body, spirit."

Pop legend Britney Spears is taking a step out of the public eye and spending some time at a mental health facility, The Los Angeles Times reports.

This Wednesday, the singer shared a post to her Instagram followers with text that reads, “Fall in love with taking care of yourself—mind, body, spirit.”

“We all need to take a little ‘me time,’” she captioned the post.

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We all need to take time for a little "me time." :)

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The Times confirmed that Spears will be at the facility for 30 days.

A source also told People magazine that her father’s recent health struggles, including a life-threatening ruptured colon and multiple surgeries, have taken a toll on the pop diva.

“He nearly died and actually had another surgery a few weeks ago,” the source added. “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.”

Multiple people in the singer’s life, including her ex-husband Kevin Federline and younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, shared their support for Britney’s decision on social media.

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I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. 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 hospitalized 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. I hope you all can understand. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.com. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always.

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The news comes months after Spears, 37, officially canceled her Domination Las Vegas residency. In a statement from January, she shared that she planned to put “full focus and energy on my family at this time.” It’s also been more than a decade since Spears made headlines for her highly public mental health struggles in 2008.

Here’s hoping that Spears gets the help she needs—and that her fans have matured enough to respect the seriousness of mental illness.

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