On Wednesday evening, Britney Spears' manager Larry Rudolph put all of pop music's corners of the internet on red alert when he declared that the singer may "never perform again."
After a firestorm of concern, Rudolph backtracked on his initial comments. Us Weekly quoted him as saying: "I simply said that the Vegas residency is now officially off and that she hasn’t called me in months to talk about doing anything so I’m not sure if or when she will ever want to work again. It’s that simple.”
It all started when TMZ cameras asked him if Britney would be coming back to the stage again any time soon after canceling her Las Vegas residency a few months ago and completing a stint in a mental health facility.
Rudolph responded by saying he doesn't “want her to work again ’till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately. 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.”
“From what I have gathered it’s clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency," he added. "Not in the near future and possibly never again.”
But now Rudolph says it was never his intention to imply that her career is finished.
For now and at least the near future, Spears is focusing on her health and her family. Everything else is simply speculation.