Britney Spears accuses dad of secretly forcing her into rehab in midst of her hit Las Vegas residency
Opening up for the first time about the apparent stay in a treatment facility, Britney Spears says in her new memoir her father secretly forced her into rehab in 2014 while she was in the midst of her smash run of shows in Sin City.
Britney Spears has accused her dad of secretly forcing her into rehab in 2014.
The ‘Toxic’ singer, 41, was held under her father Jamie Spears’ control in a controversial conservatorship that lasted 13 years until it was formally ended last year, and she tells in her new memoir ‘The Woman in Me’ how he apparently ordered her into a treatment facility while she was in the midst of her hit Las Vegas residency.
She says in the book her then-boyfriend, TV producer Charlie Ebersol, 40, had introduced her to energy-boosting products without seeking approval from Jamie, now 71, who oversaw her medical care at the time as her conservator.
Britney revealed: “Charlie worked out every day, taking pre-workout supplements and a whole bunch of vitamins. He shared his nutrition research with me and started giving me energy supplements.
“My father didn’t like that. He knew what I ate; he even knew when I would go to the bathroom. So when I started taking energy supplements, he saw that I had more energy onstage and that I was in better shape than I had been.”
Britney believed Charlie’s regime was “a good thing” for her health, but claims her dad “started to think that (she) had a problem with those energy supplements, even though they were over-the-counter, not prescription”.
She added: “So he told me I had to get off them, and he sent me to rehab.”
Britney said she spent a month at a rehab facility in Malibu, California, where she was surrounded by “a lot” of “serious” drug abusers.
She called her father’s decision to send her to rehab “horrible” and said it felt like he was “throwing” her away, adding: “I was scared to be there by myself.”
Her book is the first time Britney has revealed the rehab stint.
But Britney’s ‘Piece of Me’ residency in Sin City, which ran from 2013 to 2017, had a break from 9 November to 26 December in 2014.
She added in her book: “When I got out, I started doing shows again in Vegas like nothing had happened.
“Part of that was because my father told me I had to get back out there, and part of it was because I was still so nice, so eager to please, so desperate to do the right thing and be a good girl.”
Britney’s dad also had her institutionalised again in 2019 after her doctor found energy supplements in the star’s purse.
She said: “They forced me to go. They had my back against a wall and I had no choice… they kept me locked up against my will for months.”