Britney Spears' Longtime Manager Resigns, Claiming She Plans to "Officially Retire"

Larry Rudolph has stepped down after 25 years of service
Britney Spears' Longtime Manager Resigns, Claiming She Plans to 'Officially Retire'
As Britney Spears' legal battle over her conservatorship continues, her longtime manager Larry Rudolph has announced his resignation. As he's explained, the sudden announcement comes due to the pop star's desire to retire from music.

On Monday (July 5), Rudolph penned a letter of resignation to Spears' co-conservators, Jamie Spears and the court-appointed Jodi Montgomery. "Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire," Rudolph wrote [via Deadline].

He added: "I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I'm 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."

Read the full letter from Rudolph below.

Rudolph had been Spears' main manager since the early aughts of her career in the mid-1990s. He's also currently the manager of Aerosmith and Steven Tyler.

Spears spoke out against the abusive conservatorship arrangement that's been in place since 2008 for the first time last month. She detailed the harrowing allegations against her father, Jamie Spears, telling the court she was not permitted to manage her own health. According to Britney, she isn't allowed to make doctors' appointments, was forcibly put on Lithium and wears an intrauterine contraceptive device against her will.

Last week, a California judge ruled against Spears' request to have her father removed from his domineering position in her conservatorship, despite the massive outcry from the singer, her friends, counsel and fans, as well as disability rights activists. Many celebrities have also voiced their support for the #FreeBritney movement, including her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Courtney Love.

It seems as though retirement might be the natural next step for Britney Spears following the trauma of her conservatorship (and reliving it in court), but the pop star has yet to issue a statement about any retirement intentions herself.

The full letter from Ruldoph can be found below.

James P. Spears and Jodi Montgomery, as co-executors of the estate of Britney Spears:

It has been over 2 1/2 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.

Larry Rudolph