Larry Rudolph, who was the manager of American pop star Britney Spears for nearly a quarter century, quit. Several US media reported this on Tuesday.
“It’s been over 2.5 years since Britney and I last spoke, and she told me she’d be off indefinitely,” Larry Rudolph wrote to her father and Spears parents, James Spears and Judy Montgomery. The letter was published by Deadline magazine and its contents were confirmed by several other US media outlets.
Rudolph says he also learned that Spears was planning to permanently end her career. “As her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for her to step down from her team as my professional services are no longer needed,” he wrote.
Rudolph has worked with the pop star since the mid-1990s, achieving international hits with songs such as “…Baby One More Time” (1998), “Oops!…I Did It Again” (2000) and “Toxic””. (2004).
The announcement of the resignation comes amid a legal battle over custody of the 39-year-old singer’s finances and personal life. Spears was placed in receivership in 2008 due to personal and professional problems, but for years she has been trying to get her life back in her own hands. The pop star says she feels like a “slave” to her father and that she feels the system is “violent”.