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Britney Spears’ longtime manager resigns as singer ‘intends to retire’

Larry Rudolph said he hasn’t spoken to Britney Spears in over two years (Picture: WireImage)

Britney Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph has resigned amid the singer’s conservatorship case, as he claimed she had ‘voiced her intention to retire’.

The Toxic hitmaker, who has been under a conservatorship since 2008, previously said that she would not perform until her father Jamie, who acts as her conservator, was no longer in control of her career.

Rudolph has now told Deadline in a statement: ‘It has been over two and a half years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.

‘As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details. I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.

‘Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.’

The 57-year-old, who has also managed stars including Avril Lavigne and Miley Cyrus, added: ‘I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been.’

Britney has no idea if she’ll perform again (Picture: Getty Images)

Spears recently said that she has no idea if she will perform again amid the conservatorship case.

Answering fan questions on Instagram, she said: ‘The next question is; am I ready to take the stage again? Am I going to take the stage again? Will I ever take the stage again?

‘I have no idea. I’m having fun right now. I’m transitioning in my life and I’m enjoying myself.’

Spears has been fighting to have her father removed as her conservator, recently addressing the court for the first time.

Jamie Spears remains in charge of his daughter’s finances (Picture: Getty Images)

In an explosive testimony, she said she felt she was being ‘exploited’ by the conservatorship, comparing it to ‘abuse’.

Most recently, Britney’s request to have her father Jamie removed as her conservator has been denied.

The request was made in November by her lawyer Samuel Ingham in court documents that claimed the 39-year-old singer was scared of her father and would refuse to perform again.



What is a conservatorship?

A conservatorship is a legal concept in the United States that places someone under the legal protection of an appointed adult.

A guardian or a protector is appointed by a judge to manage different aspects of someone’s life, from their financial affairs to their daily life.

One is usually appointed a conservator if they are suffering from physical or mental issues or declining with age.

A planned conservatorship lasts as long as it is needed, and ends when a conservatee is considered no longer in need of a conservator, for example, if a person is unable to care for their self because of a medical condition, the conservatorship will end when he is treated or recovers sufficiently to care for himself again.

If a conservatorship is unplanned, a court will also assign a caseworker for the conservatee.

The caseworker will remain in contact with the conservator and make certain that the transition goes well, regularly checking on the status of all involved.

Judge Brenda Penny, who denied the request, did not rule out future petitions to suspend him from the conservatorship. The judge also named financial company Bessemer Trust as co-conservator.

According to TMZ, documents filed in Los Angeles state: ‘The conservator’s request to suspend James P. Spears immediately upon the appointment of Bessemer Trust Company of California as sole conservator of estate is denied without prejudice.’

The denial was not in direct response to the star’s explosive testimony.

Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Britney Spears for comment.


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