Britney Spears Puts 'Domination' Vegas Residency on Hold Due to Father's Health
Months after unveiling plans for her new show, the pop superstar told fans that she won't be returning to Sin City anytime soon: "It's important to always put your family first."
Britney Spears on Friday announced that she is indefinitely postponing her Domination Las Vegas residency. The pop superstar took to Instagram to reveal the news, telling fans that she is unable to do the show because of her father, Jamie Spears', health.
"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," the "Slumber Party" singer began, sharing a throwback photo of herself as a child, her dad and her mother, Lynne Spears. "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."
Britney Spears continued, "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."
Following Spears' highly publicized breakdown in 2007, her father stepped in as her court-approved conservator and has been responsible for her physical and financial well-being since 2008. The Grammy winner went on to say in her post that she hopes her fans "can understand" why she decided to pull the plug on Domination. Spears also added that ticket holders will receive full refunds.
"I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time," she concluded. "Thank you, and love you all… always."
In a press release, it was revealed that Jamie Spears became seriously ill two months ago and was rushed to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. His colon spontaneously ruptured and he was immediately admitted into surgery. He spent the next 28 days in the hospital and, after a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recovering at home and is expected to make a full recovery.
"I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family. 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," Britney Spears said in a follow-up statement. "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."
Domination was announced in October and was set to begin at Sin City's Park Theater at Park MGM — which currently houses Lady Gaga's Enigma residency — in February. "I am so happy to be returning to my second home — Las Vegas!" Spears said at the time. "I’m working on a brand new show and I’m so excited for my fans to see it! It’s going to be so much fun being back onstage and I can’t wait to perform at Park Theater."
Spears had already hired Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, aka Nappytabs, as her creative directors for the show. Over the past few months, Spears frequently shared behind-the-scenes footage of dance rehearsals with enthusiastic captions. "Working hard and having some fun in rehearsals with these amazing mates!!" she wrote on Dec. 19, accompanied by clips of her practicing numbers for hits like "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Break the Ice."
Nappytabs later took to Twitter to react to the news about Domination. "Thank you #BritneyFans for all ur messages. It’s been a fun 3mo w/all ur input. U guys are some amazing fans. Hopefully can do again soon," the duo wrote, revealing details about the never-to-be-seen show. "And OH BTW, Yes Overprotected, My Prerogative & many of ur favs were back in setlist. Also live vocals & wardrobe concerns we had ur back."
Spears made her Vegas debut in December 2013 with Piece of Me, which spanned 248 performances and raked in $137.7 million during its four-year stay at Planet Hollywood. Spears' success on the Strip has inspired a string of her pop contemporaries — including Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani, among others — to also take up Las Vegas residencies.
See Spears' entire Instagram post below.
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.