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Is this the end for Britney Spears?

Swansong?
Britney bailed on
Vegas and is
unlikely to return PICTURE: WIREIMAGE

GIMME More? Maybe not for Britney Spears fans after her long-time manager warned she may never be seen on stage again.

Larry Rudolph issued a worrying update about her mental health battle yesterday following a court row over who sent the pop princess to rehab.

Now Rudolph admits he has lost radio contact with his protégé and says he can’t risk putting her in the spotlight again. ‘I don’t want her to work again ’til she’s ready; physically, mentally and passionately,’ he said.

‘If that time never comes again, it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work. 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.’

After Britney bailed on her Vegas residency at the start of the year, he has written off any prospect of a return to Sin City.

‘As the person who guides her career — based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are told on a need-to-know basis — 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.

After fans protested that Britney had been sent for treatment against her will, the 37-year-old singer assured them in a tired video message that she was taking ‘time to deal’ with her ‘unique’ situation.

Rudolph confirmed that family woes and her medication have been responsible for the star’s downturn. Britney claimed in court last week that her dad Jamie, who recently underwent emergency surgery, committed her to a mental health facility against her will.

‘We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad’s illness,’ Rudolph told TMZ. ‘Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day, she was excited. She hasn’t called me in months… she clearly doesn’t want to perform.’