Britney Spears’ Manager Says She May Never Perform Again Following Mental Health TreatmentJavonni Brustow
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Britney Spears has had quite a tumultuous 2019 and it doesn’t appear to be over just yet. Last Friday she had a hearing with both of her parents to ask a judge to get more freedom and possibly break from her conservatorship she’s been under the last 11 years with her father controlling her finances. This came after she checked into a mental health treatment facility due to her current mix of medications no longer working and stress over her father’s deteriorating health. The story from within her camp though, paints a different story. Sources close to her say that her father forced her to take medication and to go into the hospital against her will as reported by TMZ. The source there is important as this has been said nearly the entire time and brushed off as a hoax, but this is the first time a legitimate source has reported on it.
And just when many of us thought Britney was on her way to doing better and being independent, her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph did an interview giving an unexpected worse case scenario about how she’s doing. Not only does he not see her returning to her Vegas residency, she might not perform ever again he says.
“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,” he said.
She announced postponing her latest residency that was scheduled to begin in February a month before which began the public downward spiral.
“It was the perfect storm,” Rudolph said. “We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad’s illness.”
“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.”
“I don’t want her to work again ’till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately,” he added. “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.”
Moving forward, she has a scheduled 730 expert evaluation to examine her fitness to handle her finances on her own, something usually reserved for child custody cases. The follow up is scheduled for September. While this is all being worked out, we’re just hoping that what her manager says is just coming from the fact he hasn’t heard from her in some time and not that she seriously is considering quitting performing. But above all else, her health and well-being is the most important and we’re going to continue praying for that.