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Singer Spears splits with manager
Britney Spears
Britney's first marriage was annulled after 55 hours
Pop star Britney Spears has split with the manager who has guided her career since she was 13 years old.

Larry Rudolph said he and the singer had "mutually agreed not to renew their nine-year management relationship".

Meanwhile, Spears has also formalised her marriage with dancer Kevin Federline, almost three weeks after their Los Angeles ceremony.

Spears, 22, and Federline, 26, filed for their marriage licence on Thursday, her publicist said.

"All the proper paperwork was dealt with today, filed, done. It's all legal," said publicist, Leslie Sloane.

The pair married at a friend's home in the Studio City district of Los Angeles on 19 September but doubt was cast over the legality of the marriage after Spears admitted no marriage licence had been submitted.

Britney Spears
Her personal life has been making headlines in recent months

But she told People magazine - who had exclusive pictures and interviews from the wedding - they were married in "a real sense, a spiritual sense".

In January, the Louisiana-born singer married friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas. That marriage - described as a "joke" - was annulled 55 hours later.

The split with her manager marks a career turning-point for the star, who has sold more than 60 million albums since her debut hit Baby One More Time in 1999.

"Britney and I simply realised that we have done all we can do together," said Mr Rudolph in a statement.

He is credited with discovering Spears at the age of 13 and making her into one of the most successful recording artists in recent years.

Ms Sloane said no decisions about Spears' future management had been made and that the split from Mr Rudolph was amicable.

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