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Enrique Iglesias: My Ego Couldn't Handle Britney

3/30/2011 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Enrique Iglesias dropped out of the upcoming Britney Spears concert tour because his ego couldn't handle being her opening act ... multiple sources connected with the tour tell TMZ.

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We're told lawyers and agents for Britney and Enrique were hammering out an agreement for weeks, and the terms were finessed to make Enrique appear to be a co-headliner.  We're told both sides agreed to the deal and that's why the announcement was made Tuesday.

But just hours before Britney's camp went public, Enrique was burning up the phone lines and the Internet, engaging various people connected with the tour in lengthy conversations in which he made it clear -- he was, in reality, Britney's opening act and he wanted out.

One source says the deal was actually very favorable to Enrique ... "great terms and great placement."  But we're told it all came down to taking the stage before Brit -- too much to handle.

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136.

Hep    

Wait, HE'S opening for HER? I would think it would be the other way around.

1252 days ago
137.

srsly    

dearest lori:

i'm not a fan of enrique. heard a couple of his songs, but not my thing.

peace out <3

1252 days ago
138.

dd    

@134 LORI THAT'S HIS DAD JULIO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT NOT HIM!!!!! Loser in life PLLEEEASE get your people straight b4 you start talking crap...

1252 days ago
139.

Patrice    

You know, Enrique could look at it this way. He wasn't opening for Brittany....SHE was closing for him!

1252 days ago
140.

Hot Blooded    

Good on ya, Enrique! Your brilliant scheme worked.
I'd never listened to him before this whole thing, but I gave a couple of his songs a listen, and I'm quite fond of him.

I'd say he's too good for Britney! Why can't some has-beens just f*cking accept that their 15 minutes is up??!! Anybody who buys Britney's tickets is a right fool. What are you paying for, anyways? To watch her waddle around stage and lip synch??!!

1252 days ago
141.

Debbidy73    

Good for him. She should be his opening act ;)

1252 days ago
142.

John    

Note to paid posters:

If you want the smart people to fall for your many posts under different names, you will use different sentence structure and words.

Oh, nvm I forgot we were talking about Britney fans.

1252 days ago
143.

MP    

I think he's wrong about this. His career is nothing compared to what it used to be, he should have taken the opportunity to open for Britney and perhaps expand his fan base. I think he has a single on charts currently, but I haven't listened to him in years.

1252 days ago
144.

jjgirl    

Ah SEXY Enrique! You would see who the star of the show was...when after you finished opening for her (crazy girl) everyone clears out!!! For all the losers shooting you down....have they not seen you in a pair of tight jeans??...:)

For all the haters..He is a "one hit wonder"..where have you been??????(***musicmaven...puhp****)....AMERICANS need to loose the arrogance, you all hate it when someone stands up to you. The truth is in the real world he is a bigger star then her...come to Canada Enrique and leave her in the USA!!!!

1252 days ago
145.

EffingBored    

lol Britney is a has-been who can no longer dance, still frumpy for a so-called "pop star" and needs to stay home with her kids. Why anyone would want to open for her laughable act after what we saw in the recent Vegas videos is beyond me. She just walks around, flips her fake hair and humps boxes. Uuuugh. She should ask one of those reality show women who thinks they can sing to open for her....

1252 days ago
146.

Sincerity    

Enrique Iglesias missed an excellent opportunity to expand his fan base. There's no question that vocally he is much more talented than Britney Spears but at some point all entertainers need to make appearances with other entertainers who are more popular just to remain relevant. It's really sad because their tour would have been worth seeing. Enrique would have actually had something worthwhile for women to enjoy.

1252 days ago
147.

mrs.chanel    

OMG! WHAT A DOUCHEBAG! DOES HE THINK HE'S THE BIGGER STAR HERE! GUESS WHAT DUDE YOU'R NOT! HIS EGO IS TO "BIG", WELL BETTER STAR KISSING SOME ASS BECAUSE THIS MIGHT BE YOU'R LAST CHANCE! ALL THE HATER'S CAN TALK WHAT THEY WANT ABOUT BRITNEY BUT SHE'S THE STAR HE'S A BACK UP SINGER COMPARED TO HER!

1252 days ago
148.

sem    

Bottomline, Enrique IS too big of an act to open for Britney but I don't think that was the entirety of his backing out. We all have seen the Britney footage from the past week, I think Enrique doesn't want to be assoociated with this over-rated hot mess and her craptastic, lipsync show as he performs a real LIVE show.

1252 days ago
149.

dd    

She was awful in Vegas, awful on GMA, Awful On Kimmel, why would you want her to go on tour and embarrass herself she might have another breakdown, she needs time to get her show together.

1252 days ago
150.

Laurin    

Um, who can blame him? Britney is a JOKE. I used to love her but all she does on stage is pretend to sing and twirl around. I can't believe people pay to watch that. She has no passion for music anymore, it's obvious it's all about the money. It would be an embarrassment to open for her. Enrique is a REAL performer.

1252 days ago
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