Britney Spears Postpones ‘Domination’ Shows
Britney Spears is seen here attending the announcement of her new residency, Britney: Domination at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears was expected to perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019 – Photo: Getty Images North America.
Britney Spears abruptly announced Friday that she is postponing her new Domination show in Las Vegas due to her father’s recent illness, according to a report by Jem Aswad of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. It was unclear at press time when the shows will be rescheduled.
In a statement, her rep said Britney Spears is taking “an indefinite work hiatus putting her ‘Britney: Domination’ launch run at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort on hold until further notice. She has made this decision to devote all of her time to her family and their efforts to care for her father during his recovery from a recent life-threatening illness.” The show was scheduled to launch February 13 and continue for 32 shows.
In an Instagram post, Britney Spears wrote: “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.”
Her decision apparently was made in the past few days: On Dec. 30, her account retweeted a post from a fan saying “I Will Not Miss @BritneySpears Domination For ANYTHING In 2019!” Lady Gaga’s “Enigma” residency in Las Vegas opened to rave reviews two days earlier.
MGM Resorts International President Bill Hornbuckle said in a statement, “All of us at MGM Resorts wish Mr. Spears a speedy recovery. We wholly understand and respect Britney’s commitment to her family and believe that her place is with them during this important time.”
Two months ago, Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, suffered a ruptured colon and was rushed into surgery in Las Vegas, and remained in the hospital for 28 days. “After a long, complicated post-operative period, he is recuperating at home and gaining strength, and is expected to make a full recovery,” the statement reads.