It’s been an intense few weeks for Britney Spears. Following the singer’s bombshell testimony last week, in which she called the conservatorship she’s been under since 2008 “abusive”, Spears’ longtime manager Larry Rudolph has resigned after 25 years of working with her.
Per Deadline, Rudolph wrote a resignation letter to Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, and attorney, Jodi Montgomery, co-executor of the estate of Spears, addressing her conservatorship in the process.
“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,” Rudolph wrote. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
Rudolph went on to explain that he had not “been a part of the conservatorship” that Spears has been under since 2008, so he was “not privy to many of these details.”
“As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations,” his letter reads. “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.”
Rudolph acknowledged he is “incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together,” and that he wishes Britney “all the health and happiness in the world.” “I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been,” he concluded.
Rudolph’s resignation is the latest development in Spears’ high-profile case, which last week saw Bessemer Trust, the company appointed to co-manage the singer’s assets along with Jamie Spears, ask the court to resign from the conservatorship.
Following Spears’ testimony, many celebrities have spoken out in support of the singer, including her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Today, Courtney Love, who has been a vocal supporter of Spears—and who claimed in a New Yorker story that Lou Taylor, a business manager who got close to Jamie Spears shortly before the conservatorship, tried to take control of her family’s estate—covered Spears’ famous song Lucky.
Taking to Instagram, Love played an acoustic version of the song from her London home, tearing up near the end of the song. “I’m actually crying,” she says. “I f**king hate this when it happens to me.”
Though it’s been reported Spears’ request to have her father removed from her conservatorship has been denied, the court’s decision was actually in relation to a previous petition filed last month, prior to Spears’ public testimony.