Britney Spears’ longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, resigned in a letter to co-conservators Jamie Spears and Jodi Montgomery on Monday, saying he had learned the pop star wanted to officially retire from the music industry.
Rudolph’s resignation extends the fallout since Spears’ stunning testimony to a judge two weeks ago about her 13-year conservatorship.
“It has been over 2½ years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus,” Rudolph said in the letter, which was first acquired by Deadline. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
Rudolph’s move comes four days after the company set to take over the financial part of Spears’ conservatorship withdrew from the role. It also comes nearly two weeks after the 39-year-old pop star told a judge she wanted the conservatorship to end, calling it abusive and manipulative in her first public comments about the arrangement since it was enacted by her father, Jamie, in 2008.
“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,” Rudolph wrote in the letter.
Spears said in the testimony that the conservatorship has been used to control her choices about her finances, her performing schedule and her health. In the testimony, she claimed that she has not been allowed to get married or remove her IUD to have more children. She also alleged that the doctors chosen by the conservators over-medicated her.
Read Rudolph’s full letter below.
James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the estate of Britney Spears:
It has been over 2½ years 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.
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.