Pop icon Britney Spears, who revealed bombshell news over the weekend about her dad keeping her in a mental health facility against her will, put her Las Vegas residency on hold earlier this year. Now, her manager has spoken out, saying that he doesn’t know when – or if – she will return to the residency.
Her manager, Larry Rudolph, told TMZ that Spears is not in the mental or physical shape to resume rehearsals for her Britney: Domination residency. The shows, which were supposed to kick-off in February, were cancelled when her dad Jamie became sick.
“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,” Rudolph told the publication.
Rudolph explained that Spears’ life was “a perfect storm,” noting that her show needed to be pulled when her medication stopped working and she was “distraught over her dad’s illness.” He also went on to explain that it’s up to Spears if she wants to work or not, noting that last year, when she wanted to tour, she would call him everyday with excitement. However, now, he hasn’t heard from her in months and 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 said. “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.”
Over the weekend, sources revealed to TMZ that Spears finally spoke out about her father at a hearing over her 11-year long conservatorship. She reportedly told the judge that Jamie had kept her in a facility against her will where she was forced to take certain drugs, and she does not want to remain in the conservatorship. This news follows Spears’ social media posts over the past few months where she told fans that she voluntarily checked herself into the facility in order to deal with her dad’s health issues. However, Spears’ fans didn’t buy it: and it turns out, they were right.
While the judge did not adjust Spears’ conservatorship like she had asked, she has been assigned to undergo a 730 expert evaluation. The next hearing revolving around the conservatorship will take place in September. Spears has not publicly spoken about the matter at this time.