Ghalib and Spears in January 2008
03/14/2008 at 09:45 AM EDT
's on-again, off-again boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib, tells PEOPLE he's taking a break from paparazzi work.
"It would be a conflict of interest," Ghalib told PEOPLE at Thursday's Christian Audigier fall/winter 2008 fashion show in West Hollywood. In fact, the celebrity photographer said he has not worked since December.
Although Ghalib – Spears's constant companion
in early 2008 – has been largely out of the picture since Spears's pair of psychiatric hospitalizations
, he has still popped up occasionally.
The photographer was denied entry at the gate of Spears's home last week. But on Tuesday, he was allowed inside.