Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph resigns saying singer plans to 'officially retire'

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  • Larry Rudolph
    American talent manager and former entertainment lawyer
  • Jamie Lynn Spears
    Jamie Lynn Spears
    American actress and singer
Larry Rudolph has resigned as Britney Spears' manager after 25 years. (Getty Images)
Larry Rudolph has resigned as Britney Spears' manager after 25 years. (Getty Images)

Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph has officially resigned, claiming the singer has told him she plans to officially retire.

The 39-year-old I'm A Slave 4 U singer has been on career hiatus since 2018 and, in the latest twist in her ongoing conservatorship battle, her manager of over 25 years has filed his resignation.

Rudolph said, in a letter to Spears’ conservatorship obtained by Deadline: “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.

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"Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”

He added, “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.”

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)
Britney Spears and manager Larry Rudolph during theopening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus in 2017. (Getty Images)

The 57-year-old former entertainment lawyer has been Spears' main music manager since her career took off in the mid-90s. He has also represented Avril Lavigne, Miley Cyrus,, Nicole Scherzinger, Justin Timberlake to name but a few.

He signed off his letter saying: "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's resignation follows in the footsteps of The Bessemer Trust — the financial management fund appointed to help oversee Spears' estate — which last week asked to withdraw from the role.

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 03:  Singer Britney Spears (R) and her manager Larry Rudolph arrive at a welcome ceremony as Spears celebrates the release of her new album
Britney Spears pictured with her manager Larry Rudolph in 2013, who is resigning after 25 years. (Getty Images)

Spears is currently in the middle of a legal battle to free herself from the conservatorship overseen by her father Jamie Spears and the court-appointed Jodi Montgomery, which has the authority to make decisions regarding her life and career. The conservatorship was put in place in 2008 to protect the singer due to her ill mental health.

This has led to the Free Britney movement: a legion of fans who believe the singer is being kept in unfair conditions under the conservatorship.

The Born To Make You Happy singer recently issued a long testimony to a judge appealing to be given her freedom. 

She argued if she is capable of earning money for other people then she is capable of looking after herself.

She said: "I just want my life back," and revealed, "I want to be able to get married and have a baby."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 23: #FreeBritney activists protest at Los Angeles Grand Park during a conservatorship hearing for Britney Spears on June 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Spears is expected to address the court remotely. Spears was placed in a conservatorship managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and an attorney, which controls her assets and business dealings, following her involuntary hospitalization for mental care in 2008. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
#FreeBritney fans have been protesting outside the Los Angeles courts as the singer's conservatrship battle rumbles on. (Getty Images)

But her freedom bid took a knock when last week a judge denied the Toxic singer's request to have her father Jamie Spears removed from his role in overseeing her conservatorship, based on testimony issued in November 2020.

Spears — who entered the spotlight at the age of 11 on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club — suffered from the pressures of fame and work and had a very public breakdown in 2007.

After being put into her father’s care in 2008 she went on to revive her career, appearing as a judge on the US version of The X Factor, performing several hit world tours and starring in a successful Las Vegas residency.

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - JULY 22: Singer Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari arrive at the World Premiere Of Sony Pictures' 'Once Upon a Time In Hollywood' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/Sipa USA)
Britney Spears has said she wants to get married and have a baby with boyfriend Sam Asghari. (PA)

Her family have argued she was placed under the conservatorship for her own protection as she was mentally ill and "vulnerable" to being manipulated for her fortune.

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However, she pulled out of a second Las Vegas run due to stress and has not performed since October 2018.

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