Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears’ longtime manager, says the singer may never perform again.
Rudolph told TMZ that, “As the person who guides her career — based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis — from what I have gathered it’s clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again.”
Rudolph has managed Spears for most of her career, going back to her first album, “Baby… One More Time,” in 1999. “I’ve been with her for two-thirds of her life,” he tells Variety.
“I look at her almost like I look at my own daughter. It’s very emotional for me … and really rough. Personally, I want for her to just find a peaceful, happy place — whatever that means for her. It’s not about a career anymore — it’s about life.”
Spears’ business team is not involved in the conservatorship, nor is Rudolph privy to her medications or private life, which explains why he hasn’t spoken to his client “in four or five months.”
At the same time, Rudolph says he’s happy that Spears “is not thinking about her business and her career — she’s dealing with these issues. Her not calling me tells me that she’s taking care of herself.”
Spears checked herself into a facility in late March, but left for several hours multiple times during her treatment, including an Easter Sunday visit to the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills with her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
Some unconfirmed media reports, citing an unidentified tipster, claimed the singer was refusing to take medication that had been prescribed in the wake of her erratic behavior in 2007 and 2008.
The tipster reportedly claimed that Jamie had insisted the residency be postponed, and that Britney cite his illness as the cause.
Rudolph has been in touch with Spears’ parents, but reiterates that his involvement is “on a need-to-know basis.” Still, he remains “very close” with the singer.