Britney Spears' father 'getting stronger' amid illness, singer plans to return to work once he's clear

Britney Spears will definitely be back in the spotlight soon, as her father, Jamie Spears, is "getting stronger every day" and "doing much better" after suffering from a life-threatening illness.

A source tells ET that "Britney loves her career and her fans, so the decision to step away from her career wasn't easy, but she just wanted to be there for her dad, as he's always been there for her.”

"She feels she owes him her life because he was there for her during her darkest hours," the source continues. "She is doing really well despite the circumstances and definitely plans to return to performing once she knows her father is in the clear. He still has a lot of recovering to do but really is doing much better.”

About three months ago, the singer's father was rushed to the hospital when his colon ruptured, and is still in recovery. According to a release, Jamie spent the next 28 days in the hospital, and the family credits the doctors and nurses for saving his life. However, last month, the pop star announced that she would be taking an indefinite work hiatus, postponing her album and putting her new Las Vegas Britney: Domination show at Park Theater at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas on hold until further notice. The residency was previously scheduled to kick off on Feb. 12.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters) Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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"The time away has been good for her.  She is doing well and her father gets stronger every day," the source details. "This health crisis and break from her career has only brought their family even closer together."

The time away from work is also allowing Spears to spend more time with her two boys: Sean, 13, Jayden, 12.

"Over the last two years, she has spent any moment not working with her boys and they are thriving both academically and socially. For the most part, she has kept them out of the limelight and they are great, well-adjusted kids," the source shares. "She is a homebody these days. She has a very tight-knit circle of friends and doesn't go out and socialize very much.”

Additionally, Spears has been able to count on her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, during this tough time.

“Her boyfriend, Sam, has been there for Britney and her family through this difficult time. After what Britney has been through in her past relationships, it's taken the family a great deal of time to trust any man, and the family has really taken to Sam," the source says, adding, "Britney will never regret taking this time off to focus on her father and her family and she's looking forward to returning to the stage and doing what she loves most.”

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PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 27: Britney Spears is seen in Paris ahead of her two 'Piece of Me' tour dates on August 27, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images for BCU)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0903 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jimmy Fallon as Sara, Britney Spears as Abby during 'Ew!' on July 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Britney Spears performs on stage during the Britney Spears 'Piece Of Me' Summer Tour - Brighton Pride at Preston Park on August 4, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/BCU18/Getty Images for BCU)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Britney Spears on stage during the 'Piece Of Me' Summer Tour at the O2 Arena on August 24, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/BCU18/Getty Images for BCU)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - JULY 12: Britney Spears performs on stage during her 'Piece of Me' Summer Tour Opener at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 12, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BCU18/Getty Images for BCU)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Recrop of image number 945532332) Honoree Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari attend the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - JULY 12: Britney Spears performs on stage during her 'Piece of Me' Summer Tour Opener at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 12, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/BCU18/Getty Images for BCU)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Britney Spears attends the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Honoree Britney Spears accepts the Vanguard Award onstage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 12: Vanguard Award recipient Britney Spears poses backstage at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on April 12, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by J. Merritt/Getty Images for GLAAD)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards on February 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Singer Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards at Avalon Hollywood on February 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Sean Federline, Jayden James Federline, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears speaks during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears (L) and talent manager Larry Rudolph listen to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak's speech during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS, JAMIE LYNN SPEARS
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Entertainment's brightest young stars turned out for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA), music's biggest event for families, at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 29. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS
TAIPEI, CHINA - JUNE 13: American singer Britney Spears performs during her concert at TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall on June 13, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
DISNEY CHANNEL PRESENTS THE 2017 RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS - Grammy Award-winning pop superstar Britney Spears was honored with the 2017 RDMA 'Icon' Award in recognition a career and music that has been loved by generations of Radio Disney fans. 'Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards' airs Sunday, April 30 (7:00 p.m. EDT). (Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images) BRITNEY SPEARS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 16: Singer Britney Spears attends Art Hearts Fashion LAFW Fall/Winter 2017 - Day 3 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 16, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Britney Spears arrives at the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been retouched.) Britney Spears enjoys a family outing with Jayden Federline, Maddie Aldridge and Sean Federline at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs on March 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood Observatory)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Britney Spears attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears performs during the Now! 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears performs during the Now! 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES , CA - DECEMBER 02: Britney Spears performs on stage during the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02: (L-R) KIIS FM Assistant Program Director/Music Director Beata Czechowski, recording artist Britney Spears, and radio personality Sisanie attend 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 28: Britney Spears seen at BBC Radio One on September 28, 2016 in London, England. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Britney Spears seen at BBC Radio One on September 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Britney Spears performs during Apple Music Festival at The Roundhouse on September 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival - night 2 held at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Rapper G-Eazy (L) and singer Britney Spears perform at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 24: Recording artist Britney Spears performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 01: Britney Spears performs her Piece Of Me show at the Axis Theatre Planet Hollywood Resort on September 06, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 01: Britney Spears performs her Piece Of Me show at the Axis Theatre Planet Hollywood Resort on September 06, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Britney Spears Visits Music Choice on August 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Music Choice)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Rapper G-Eazy (L) and singer Britney Spears arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears and G-Eazy perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Recording artist Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Singer Britney Spears arrives for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards August 28, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. / AFP / Angela Weiss (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Reporting by Adriane Schwartz.

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