Britney Spears may never perform again, manager says

In a new interview with TMZ, longtime Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph says the singer may never perform again. The singer is scheduled to undergo psychological evaluation after postponing her Las Vegas residency in the wake of her father’s recent treatment for a ruptured colon.

Larry Rudolph told the site, “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.”

The site says that Rudolph is not involved in the singer’s conservatorship and he is only given medical information that directly impacts her career. He said Spears was two-thirds of the way through rehearsals for the residency when her father fell 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.” The residency, which was supposed to launch on February 13, was postponed.

Rudolph said that it’s the singer’s call as to whether or not she wants to work. “Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day,” he said. “She was excited. She hasn’t called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now.

As for the future, Rudolph says, “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.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was processed using digital filters) Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 18: Singer Britney Spears attends the announcement of her new residency, 'Britney: Domination' at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The singer appeared at a conservatorship hearing last week and caused some alarm when she was photographed leaving it barefoot, evoking memories of her erratic behavior in 2007 and 2008, which led to her father being appointed her conservator. The next court date is set for Sept. 18.

Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, has been her conservator since 2008, and he became sole conservator this year after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned from his co-conservatorship in March. Jamie Spears’ recovery from his ailment evidently has not been smooth; after postponing her residency, Britney later checked herself into a health facility for a month-long stay, suffering from stress due to his illness.

She left the facility 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.

Further media reports said that she was being held against her will and some fans held a widely reported public protest in West Hollywood, holding “Free Britney” signs. Probably not coincidentally, the singer spoke to fans in an Instagram video the following day, saying “Hi guys, just checking in with all of you who have been concerned about me. 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 will be back very soon.”

Since she left treatment late last month, she has shared several Instagram posts, including one of her dancing to Cardi B’s summer hit “I Like It.” “Who knew stress would be a great 5 pound weight loss. Yay for me,” she wrote, adding winking emojis.

However, the drama amped up last week when Britney’s mother Lynne, who divorced from Jamie in 2002, filed court documents asking permission for an attorney to appear on her behalf at today’s hearing. In the documents, her attorneys wrote that it was in the singer’s “best interest to allow Lynne Spears to have a voice at the Status Hearing,” according to CNN.

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