Never Performing Again? Britney Spears’ Manager Speaks!
UPDATE: Larry Rudolph is clarifying his recent comments about Britney Spears. He told Billboard, "Other media sources seem to be picking up my quotes to TMZ as implying that Britney will never work again. That's not what I said. I simply said that the Vegas residency is now officially off and that she hasn't called me in months to talk about doing anything so I'm not sure if or when she will ever want to work again. It's that simple."
The future of Britney Spears' career is currently unknown.
Earlier this year, the 37-year-old postponed her Las Vegas residency indefinitely to focus on her family. At the time, she tweeted, “I don't even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I've been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart.”
“However, it's important to always put your family first… and that's the decision I had to make,” Britney emphasized. “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We're all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him.”
She has since completed a stint at a mental health facility, but that doesn't mean she's hitting the stage anytime soon. Her longtime manager Larry Rudolph told TMZ, “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."
Larry has been involved in Spears' career since 1998. He claimed that they had to pull her residency since “her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad's illness.”
Rudolph also noted that Spears hasn't called him in months. He said, “She clearly doesn't want to perform now. I don't want her to work again 'till she's ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again. I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I'm here to tell her if it's a good idea or a bad idea."
Larry also opened up on his concerns about the "Free Britney" movement. He told Variety, "I understand how much these fans love her and support her and I love that. The part that concerns me is that it has no factual basis. The personal issues that Britney is dealing with are highly complicated and the conservatorship is there for a reason. The courts of the State of California take this very seriously. I hope the people allow her to have her private time.”
Back in 2008, “Extra” sat down with Rudolph to talk about Spears' documentary “Britney: for the Record.” At the time, Spears was staging a major comeback after a very public meltdown.
Earlier this week, TMZ photogs spoke with Spears' mom Lynne, who said Britney was doing “wonderful,” but kept mum on whether her famous daughter was being held against her will. Lynne recently filed court documents asking to be informed about all matters dealing with Britney's conservatorship.
According to the outlet, Britney allegedly told a judge that she was forced to check into a mental facility against her will by her dad Jamie. Sources claim that Britney wants to end the conservatorship, which has been in place for over 11 years. The judge has not made a final decision, but has ordered a complete evaluation of Spears.
Last Friday, Spears was seen leaving a downtown Los Angeles courthouse barefoot, in photos obtained by TMZ.
TMZ previously reported Spears' medications may have triggered her mental health issues. A source claimed the medications stabilizing her mental health issues were reportedly starting to lose their efficacy, so doctors had to create a new cocktail, which ended up destabilizing her.
Britney recently took to Instagram to let fans know she was okay, alluding to rumors she was being held against her will.
“Hi, guys, just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me,” she said in the video. “All is well. My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal, but don't worry, I'll be back very soon.”
Spears made the decision to clear the air on her well-being because “things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!!”