Britney Spears checks into mental health facility as she struggles to cope with father's illness
While the support she's had online is surreal, her real shoulders this time has to be her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
Britney Spears is at a crossroads but it's not like she's not been here before. The legendary pop star has reportedly checked into a mental healthcare facility after her dad's poor health has taken a toll on her. "We all need to take time for a little ‘me time," the singer told her fans on Instagram a couple of hours before the news broke that she had indeed decided to seek help with her situation. While the support she's had online is surreal, her real shoulders this time has to be her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
Sam is younger than Brits and the two share a considerable age gap of 12 years. Initially, when the pair started going out around November 2016 haters were pretty quick to point out that this was just one of those flings that wouldn't last. Since Sam was so much younger than Britney, reports were quick to declare him as the 37-year-old's "boy toy".
The internet was talking about how their sex life probably was and if that's all Brits wanted from Sam. They also didn't shy away from claiming that Sam wanted to climb up the ladder with the help of Britney's fame. Boy, how far away were they from the truth?
Sam and Britney have braved the internet trolling, the speculations, the sleazy headlines and everything else in their private lives that we aren't able to see and here they are stronger than ever.
To encourage Brits on this journey of healing, Sam went on to show his love through a sweet post. "It isn’t weakness, It’s a sign of absolute strength, people should only be inspired by this, at least I am ♥️ #stronger", he wrote cementing the belief that this is the man that Britney had needed all her life.
He's the right balance of respectful and yet playful to Britney, as we gauge through his Instagram. The couple takes hikes together, goes to her boys' games together, workes out together and does cute dinner dates and of course, Sam always makes it a point to tell the world just how much he appreciates his lady love.
While this hiatus does worry fans, we are glad she doesn't have to do it on her own this time. Back in 2007, Britney had a catastrophic mental breakdown. She infamously shaved her head, attacked a car with an umbrella as the paparazzi followed her with their cameras and then kept checking in and out of rehabs.
She was definitely in bad shape and at the time, she clearly wasn't equipped to handle her situation. She's said so herself. "I think I had to give myself more breaks through my career and take responsibility for my mental health," she had reportedly said talking about the lessons the meltdown had taught her - and she's done just that.
In January earlier this year, Brits announced that she was taking an indefinite sabbatical from work to deal with her dad's illness. She canceled her new show Domination, she was keeping off social media and now she's taking the healthy way out by taking some time off. A new and improved, self-caring Brits is fighting on and Sam is there right beside her.