For Britney Spears fans, today’s news might be a hard pill to swallow.
It doesn’t look like Britney will be returning to her Las Vegas residency now or even possibly ever. It seems the pop icon simply isn’t in good enough physical or mental condition to handle it, according to TMZ.
The 37-year-old singer put her Britney: Domination show on hold earlier this year, though the plan was originally to reschedule. While she was slated to eventually resume rehearsals, her longtime manager Larry Rudolph doesn’t think that will be happening.
Rudolph is not involved in her conservatorship and is therefore not privy to all of her medical information. He was unable to talk about any depression or other mental health issues. However, he seems to be kept in the loop concerning her health as it pertains to her career.
“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 TMZ.
He explained that she was two-thirds of the way through rehearsals when her dad became ill.
“It was the perfect storm,” Rudolph said. “We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad’s illness.” Depression from something like the loss of a family member can trigger other mental health issues.
Britney’s residency was supposed to begin in February and run through August 17 but has been on ice for months.
Rudolph explained, however, that Britney is the one who decides when she does and doesn’t want to perform.
“Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited,” he recalled. “She hasn’t called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now.”
Britney’s mental health and the restrictions of her conservatorship have been somewhat in limbo as of late.
In April, she was admitted to a mental health facility, which she now claims was done against her will. During a recent hearing, however, a judge denied her requests for increased freedom and ordered she undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
“I don’t want her to work again ’till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately,” Rudolph 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.”