Earlier this year, a documentary from the New York Times was released called ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ which highlighted Spears’ rise to fame, her relationship with Justin Timberlake, and a conservatorship situation that has now gone viral. Now, via a letter from her manager, it has been revealed that Spears is planning to retire.
Larry Rudolph, Spears’ former manager, wrote a letter to Britney’s personal conservator Jamie Spears and Jodi Montgomery noting that he is resigning as the star’s manager.
Rudolph wrote, “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. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.”
He continued saying, “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 backlash against the conservatorship over Britney Spears has become widespread, with conflicting reports arising on where the pop star stands. Along with her manager resigning, Spears’ lawyer resigned from the conservatorship as well. Stay tuned for more updates.
Justin Timberlake issued an apology to Britney Spears for the unkind things he said about her after their break-up, which received renewed scrutiny in light of the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears. The documentary showed how the media blamed Britney for the break-up of her high-profile relationship with Justin in the early 2000s, including an interview with Diane Sawyer asking Britney what she did to break Justin’s heart.
In his apology, Justin states, “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond,” he wrote. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
He added, “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.” He went on to blame the industry for elevating white men, and Justin acknowledges that his apology doesn’t absolve his past actions.
As for Janet Jackson, Timberlake never defended her publicly after he pulled back part of her costume during their 2004 Super Bowl Halftime performance, exposing her breast. The incident led to Janet being asked to publicly apologize. Meanwhile, Justin was asked to return and perform as the headliner for the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in 2018.