Britney Spears’ manager is walking back some comments that were interpreted as meaning the singer may never perform again, insisting that’s not quite what he meant.
Spears recently completed a 30-day stint at a mental health facility, and her manager, Larry Rudolph, told TMZ that he doesn’t think Spears should return to Las Vegas for another residency, despite being due to kick off her latest run of shows back in February.
Rudolph, who has never been involved in Spears’ conservatorship and is only given medical information that directly impacts her career, said, “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.”
In a followup, Rudolph clarifies his “never again” comments, insisting he was specifically discussing the Las Vegas residency, not performing in general.
“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,” Rudolph explains to Billboard. “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.”
Rudolph continued: “As I said to [TMZ’s Harvey Levin]: I have one role in Britney‘s life. I’m her manager. She calls me if and when she wants to work. Other than that I’m not involved in anything else. Not the conservatorship, not her medical treatment, not her kids. Nothing else.”
In his earlier interview with TMZ, Rudolph says that Spears had been busy rehearsing for the residency when her dad became ill late last year. “It was the perfect storm. We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad’s illness,” he said. “Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn’t called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now.”
He added of Spears’ future, “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.”
ET Canada has contacted Spears’ rep for comment.
Rudolph also spoke to Variety about the “Free Britney” movement, which saw fans suggest the star was being imprisoned against her will.
He insisted, “[Britney] is the one whose focus is on [getting better]. She’s driving it. 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.”
Rudolph added of being a part of the hitmaker’s life since her “Baby… One More Time” days in 1998: “I’ve been with her for two-thirds of her life. 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.”
“Let her be a civilian for a while. She’s given so much. Give her time.”