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Britney Spears plans to 'officially retire', says manager as he resigns after 25 years

Spears has previously said her management "should be in jail."

2021-07-06

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Twitter/@britneySpears/Elizabeth Arden

Britney Spears' longtime manager Larry Rudolph is resigning, it has emerged.

Rudolph, who has steered the pop icon's career for 25 years, confirmed his departure in a letter to the star's co-conservators Jamie Spears (her dad) and the court-appointed Jodi Montgomery yesterday.

In the letter, Rudolph furthermore claimed the 'Toxic' singer wants to "officially retire."

Spears hasn't performed on stage since 2018 or released an album since 2016's Glory.

"I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together"

According to Deadline, the letter states: "It has been over 2 1/2 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."

He 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."

Rudolph also manages Aerosmith and its lead singer Steven Tyler. He has previously represented Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus, Kim Petras and more.

Spears' father has been a co-conservator of the star’s $60 million estate since 2008, following her widely-publicised personal troubles in 2007. He relinquished his role overseeing her personal affairs in 2019 but retained control over her finances and business. Montgomery is currently in charge of Spears' person.

In last month's testimony, Spears said she wants the conservatorship dissolved or changed, telling a judge: "Ma’am, my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship and my management who played a huge role in punishing me when I said no — ma’am, they should be in jail."

She added: "I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two to three-year break and just, you know, do what I want to do. But I do feel like there is a crutch here. And I feel open and I’m okay to talk to you today about it. But I wish I could stay with you on the phone forever, because when I get off the phone with you, all of a sudden all I hear all these no’s — no, no, no. And then all of a sudden I get I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. And I’m tired of feeling alone.

"I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does, by having a child, a family, any of those things, and more so."