Britney Spears’ live performances have most likely come to and end as a result of her recent mental health crisis and possible forcible institutionalization. According to her longtime manager Larry Rudolph, the singer may never be ready to get back on stage ever again.
“As the person who guides her career—base 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 said.
Britney Spears’ live performances at Las Vegas were indefinitely postponed earlier this year when her father Jamie Spear’s health dramatically declined. Shortly after, news broke that Britney had entered herself into a mental health institution.
Jamie Spears is widely credited with saving his daughter’s life and career thanks to a court-ordered conservatorship to manage the singer’s health decisions and financial affairs after her highly mediatized breakdown in 2007.
However, Britney Spears is pushing back against the restrictions placed on her freedom. At a court hearing last week, the mother-of-two told a judge that her father committed her to a mental health facility against her will and forced her to take drugs. Her statement echoed with the sentiments of the #FreeBritney movement.
Despite the ongoing drama with her mental health and her father’s conservatorship, Larry Rudolph seem to agree with the Britney Spears’ live performances hiatus.
“I don’t want her to work again ‘till she’s ready, physically, mentally, and passionately,” the manager said in an interview. “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. And if she ever does want to work again, I’m here to tell her if it’s a good idea or bad idea.”