' longtime manager resigned this week amid a storm of controversy surrounding the pop star's court-ordered conservatorship
wished Britney Spears "all the health
and happiness in the world" in his resignation letter, which was first published by Deadline late Monday and has since been confirmed by CNN
and NBC News
, among other outlets. He noted that he and the pop star hadn't spoken in two and a half years, and added, "Earlier today
, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire."
“I was initially hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career,” wrote Rudolph, whose clients include Aerosmith and its lead singer, Steven Tyler. “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 required.”
He ended the letter, addressed to Spears' father, Jamie, and co-conservator Jodi Montgomery
, by promising to "be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been."
(The letter's full text is available on Deadline.)
According to Deadline, Rudolph was first hired to work
with Spears in 1995, about three years before she catapulted to global fame with "...Baby One More Time."
His resignation is the latest development in Spears' legal saga.
Last month, she told a Los Angeles
court that she wants the conservatorship that has given her father and others control over her reported $60 million estate to end after 13 years.
Spears stated in her phone testimony on June 23 that she was forced to perform against her will and was forced to use birth control despite her desire to have another child
“I’ve told the world I’m happy and okay,” she explained, “but I’m traumatized, I’m not happy, and I can’t sleep
Since 2008, the Grammy
winner has been under conservatorship, a legal arrangement used to protect a person's finances when they are deemed mentally unfit to handle them. Public awareness and criticism of the arrangement has risen in recent years, thanks to the fan-based #FreeBritney movement and a well-received New York Times documentary
, "Framing Britney Spears," which was released