Britney formalizes one union, dissolves another. She says she's made her marriage to Kevin Federline official, and she's split with Larry Rudolph, her manager since childhood

By Gary Susman
Updated October 08, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Is it a coincidence? On the same day that Britney Spears made her marriage to Kevin Federline legal, she split with Larry Rudolph, the manager who has represented her since childhood and helped guide her to stardom. Three weeks after her surprise wedding, Spears has finally filed the California marriage license that makes it legal, her publicist told Reuters on Thursday. ”All the proper paperwork was dealt with today, filed, done. It’s all legal,” said Leslie Sloane Zelnik. Earlier, Spears had told People that she’d been advised to wait to file the license until her prenuptial agreement with Federline was finalized.

The same day, Rudolph announced that he and Spears had ”mutually agreed not to renew their nine-year management relationship.” Rudolph had represented her since she was an unknown Louisiana 13-year-old, but now, he said, ”Britney and I simply realized what we have done all we can do together.” Zelnik characterized the split as amicable and said Spears had not yet decided on future management. As for Rudolph, he’ll go to work for the Maloof Entertainment Company, which owns the Palms hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Which is where Britney was staying the last time she decided to get married, to hometown pal Jason Allen Alexander, in a union that lasted just 55 hours in January.