After TMZ posted a story on Wednesday (May 15) that suggested longtime Britney Spears manager Larry Rudolph said that he wasn’t sure if the “… Baby One More Time” would ever tour again, Rudolph clarified his comments to Billboard in an email.
“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 tells 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.”
Spears’ Las Vegas Domination residency at the Park Theater was slated to kick off on Feb. 13 but was unexpectedly canceled on Jan. 4 amid reports that the singer was taking time off to be with her ailing father, who suffered a ruptured colon in late 2018.
“As I said to [TMZ’s Harvey Levin]: I have one role in Britney‘s life. I’m her manager,” Rudolph says. “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.”
Speaking to TMZ, Rudolph said, “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.” Based on Rudolph’s clarification to Billboard, that last bit clearly applies only to the Las Vegas residency, not future touring.
He also told TMZ that he is not interested in Britney working again until she’s mentally and physically ready, adding, “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 when she wants to work.” Spears appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday along with both her parents to discuss her ongoing conservatorship, with the singer ordered to undergo a 730 evaluation, a comptence exam typically issued for children in divorce cases.
Earlier in the week, Spears’ mother Lynne filed a motion that would keep her informed on all matters pertaining to her daughter’s conservatorship. “Britney is still adjusting to medications,” a source told People. “It’s a difficult situation for her, and Lynne is in L.A. to help. Lynne wants to be more involved in Britney’s care because she is her mom. If there is something more they can do for Britney, Lynne wants to make sure Britney gets that help.”
Spears’ father Jamie’s conservatorship of her began in 2008 and gives him control of her affairs. He was also named a co-conservator of her estate.