Britney Spears supervisor resigns over alleged retirement plans
Britney Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph quit in the middle of her conservatory battle – claiming the pop superstar plans to “officially retire”.
“It’s been over 2 1/2 years since Britney and I last communicated when she told me she wanted to take an indefinite break from work,” wrote Rudolph, 57, in a formal letter of resignation first received from Deadline has been.
“Today I realized that Britney had announced her intention to officially retire,” wrote Rudolph, the 1995 manager of the star who gave her her first recording deal.
“I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help and support her in her career,” he wrote of their 25 years together.
“And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interests to leave her team as my professional services are no longer needed,” he wrote in the letter also received from Variety.
Larry Rudolph says he believes it is “in Britney’s best interests” if he resigns from her team.Kevin Mazur / WireImage
Britney Spears’ former manager Larry Rudolph says he wishes her “all the health and happiness in the world”.Ethan Miller / Getty Images
“Please accept this letter as my formal resignation,” he said.
The letter was addressed to “Co-administrators of the Britney Spears Estate” – her 68-year-old father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Jodi Montgomery.
Rudolph also distanced himself from the 13-year-old conservatory that Spears had recently dragged in court as “abusive” and comparable to “sex trafficking”.
“As you know, I was never part of the conservatory or its operation, so I am not privy to many of these details,” wrote Rudolph, leaving open the possibility that he did not know the exact status of her apparent retirement.
Larry Rudolph has distanced himself from Britney Spears’ Conservatory.James Devaney / WireImage
He also insisted that although he felt he was no longer needed, he was not turning his back on the star.
“I will always be incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved in our 25 years together,” wrote Rudolph, who also directs Aerosmith and the band’s lead singer, Steven Tyler.
“I wish Britney the best of luck and health in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, like I always have been,” he said.
Rudolph has worked with Spears since 1995, signing their first contract and leading them through their meteoric rise to fame after their debut single “… Baby One More Time”.
He took a hiatus from her most troubled period in 2007 and 2008 – when the Conservatory was established after its public collapse – but returned to direct her comeback, including her lucrative residency in Las Vegas.