Jamie and Britney Spears
Splash News Online; Flynet
04/20/2007 AT 08:00 AM EDT
Britney Spears's father has publicly criticized his daughter, saying she blames her family and her manager for problems that are her own fault.
In an e-mail to the New York Post'
s Page Six
column, Jamie Spears defends Britney's former manager, Larry Rudolph, whom she reportedly fired April 13.
"When Larry Rudolph talked Britney into going into rehab
, he was doing what her mother, father and team of professionals with over 100 years of experience knew needed to be done," Spears writes. "She was out of control. Larry was the one chosen by the team to roll up his sleeves and deliver the message, to help save her life.
"The Spears family would like to publicly apologize to Larry for our daughter's statements about him over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, she blames him and her family for where she is at today with her kids and career. Larry has always been there for Britney. For this, we will forever be grateful to him."
In a recent online video posted by a Los Angeles photography agency, Spears, 25, makes an apparent reference to Rudolph. "My management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab," she says sarcastically to the camera, giving a double thumbs up. "They were so right."
Spears, who checked out
of Promises Malibu Treatment Center in March after a month-long stay, told Page Six via her rep: "I am praying for my father. We have never had a good relationship. It's sad that all the men that have been in my life do not know how to accept a real woman's love. I am concentrating on my work and my life right now."
Since her stint in rehab, the singer has been busy getting back to fighting weight
and working on her new album, PEOPLE reports in its new issue.