EXCLUSIVE: Britney Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph has resigned as controversy mounts over the pop singer’s restrictive tutelage.
“It has been over two and a half years since Britney and I last communicated, when she informed me that she wanted to take an indefinite break from work,” Rudolph, who is the senior manager of Spears from the early years of his career to the mid-1990s, wrote Monday in a letter to Spears co-curators Jamie Spears and court-appointed Jodi Montgomery. “Earlier today, I learned that Britney has expressed her intention to officially retire.”
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He added: “As a manager I think it is in Britney’s best interests that I resign from her team as my professional services are no longer required.” (See the full letter below.)
This latest twist in the Spears saga comes days after co-curator Bessemer Trust jumped from the assistance and oversight of artists’ careers and a fortune of over $ 50 million. As was made clear when she appeared on June 23 at a 13-year-old Guardianship hearing, Spears herself wants the complex legal arrangement dissolved or fundamentally altered.
“It is my wish and my dream that this will all end. I want my life back,” she told Los Angeles Superior Court judge Brenda Penny as family, lawyers and court officials listened to him, “I really believe this guardianship is abusive … I want to end the guardianship without being assessed. I want to petition to end the guardianship.”
Rudolph has helped guide Spears’ career since 1995 and through the former princess of pop’s rise to the top of the charts with hits like “Baby One More Time” and “Toxic”. Even after the Guardianship began in 2008 after a series of public incidents involving Spears, Rudolph remained a stabilizing figure as she released more albums, went on a world tour, and even had a lucrative residence in Las Vegas.
Spears suddenly pulled out of Sin City shows in 2019 saying she was going to take a “break” largely because of health issues her sometimes estranged father, Jamie, was experiencing.
Spears has indicated online and elsewhere that she may not be returning to the stage. More recently, a survey New Yorker A play by Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino detailed the extremes guardianship has gone to over the years and delved into Spears’ dissatisfaction with the machine his career has become.
Currently, the controversial Guardianship, which spawned the #FreeBritney movement, has a July 14 hearing on the calendar. Although Spears indicated last month that she wanted to end the trusteeship and possibly replace her statutory counsel, Samuel Ingham III (who received a copy of Rudolph’s letter today), nor the singer and her camp have not filed documents to end it – a decision that is within her legal rights in California.
As it stands, the arrangement that controls Spears’ career, her personal and professional finances, her relationship with her children, what she sees and does not see, and even her own body should last at least until. ‘in September of this year.
Here is the full letter from Rudolph, who also manages Aerosmith and his singer Steven Tyler.
James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the Britney Spears estate:
It has been over two and a half years since Britney and I last communicated, when she informed me that she wanted to take an indefinite break from work. Earlier today, I learned that Britney has expressed her intention to officially retire.
As you know, I have never been a part of the Trusteeship or its operations, so I am not aware of many of these details. I was initially hired at Britney’s request to help manage and support her career. And as a manager, I think it’s in Britney’s best interests that I resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.
Please accept this letter as my official resignation.
I will always be incredibly proud of what we have accomplished in 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, as I always have been.
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