Pop icon Britney Spears’ manager for over two decades, Larry Rudolph, has officially resigned following the singer’s bombshell court appearance where she pleaded to be released from the shackles of her conservatorship.
In a letter to Britney’s co-conservators, her estranged father, James “Jamie” Spears, and Jodi Montgomery, Rudolph informed the duo he was stepping down from his role.
“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,” he wrote. “Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
Rudolph continued: “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.”
The mega-manager has worked with Britney since 1995, helping her become one of the biggest pop stars in the world. He has also worked with superstars Miley Cyrus, Toni Braxton, Britney’s ex, Justin Timberlake, and more.
Last month, although Rudolph was not named directly, Britney told the court during her hearing that her father and members of her management team who have enabled her conservatorship over the years “should be in jail.”
The “Toxic” singer detailed the “abusive” nature of the conservatorship her dad enacted in 2008 — following a series of public breakdowns — and begged the judge, “I just want my life back.”
“I am not happy, I can’t sleep. I’m so angry, it’s insane. And I’m depressed,” Britney told the court. (As OK! previously reported, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied Britney’s request to remove her father as the conservator of her estate.)
In his statement, Rudolph claimed that he had “never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations” and therefore “not privy to many of these details” the 39-year-old laid out to the judge.
“I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our 25 years together,” he added, reported Deadline. “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.”
The next conservatorship hearing is currently scheduled for July 14. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear a petition from Bessemer Trust — who recently asked to withdraw as co-conservator of Britney’s $60 million estate.