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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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Areader    

Britney is a world wide super star....what's his name...hardly!

1201 days ago
152.

Cathy    

What would Enrique benefit from a tour with Britney Spears? Meaning no disrespect to her, but he would gain Nothing. He sells out venues all over the place (in the U.S. and overseas). He is a much bigger star worldwide and pairing the two of them in a show just doesn't make sense. There has to be much more to this story than that.

1201 days ago
153.

Joe    

lori (142)... Sorry Miss thing, but Enrique tours more worldwide shows than Britney has, and consistently to larger audiences than here in the states.

Britney is a has been. Too unmotivated to actually put in a performance like she used to. Only the fangirls of her, all 28 of them, will ever care.

1201 days ago
154.

Brandon    

Can his ego handle being known as Anna Kournikova's b*&ch!!

1201 days ago
155.

Mimi    

He may still be a big star to Latin audiences but he's bascially known as a wonder hit wonder everywhere else. He should have been thanking Britney and her team for the opportunity.

1201 days ago
156.

Phyllis    

I was so excited when I heard Enrique was going to be touring. I was buying tickets to see only him, not Brit. Hopefully he will still find a way to come to Vanouver or Victoria!! He has had more hits then Brit. in past years. Love Enrique!!

1201 days ago
157.

lynn    

I really like Enrique and have his music, when he sings in spanish it's a dream however, backing out a deal at the last minute becuase of ego shows me he is definately not secure in his own sexuality. Too bad, I don't care much for Ms. Spears but I wish her her well on her tour and I'm sure she will find someone equal or if not better than Enrique to perform with her on tour. This really has changed my opinion of Enrique and will have to think twice about supporting him anymore. I may become a Brittany fan! Just remember we all have problems at some point in our life it's just their are played out in public and common people like all of us are privledged to have privacy.

1201 days ago
158.

Anna    

I think he heard Brit perform in Vegas LOL, why even commit to a show with someone who has no real voice/talent. He can sign she can't buttom line ! Brit, like her but PLEASE STOP LIP SIGNING!! Just don't sign do other things :)

1201 days ago
159.

Mari    

I heard it was due to the ticket prices and Enrique did not want his fans selling an arm and a leg to go see him in concert....

a ver que tonces.

1201 days ago
160.

sean    

After seeing her latest on stage theatrics he decided he wanted no part of her broke down crapfest tour..IMO

1201 days ago
161.

Issabelita    

You're all WRONG. Enrique Iglesias is a superstar on HIS OWN.
He's got a singing talent, nice sexy voice and he's cute. His albums have sold millions and has a huge fan base.

While Britney Spears is a product of a marketing machine. She can't sing (always lipsincs in her concerts). She has a fake singing voice (does something to her voice to let out a tune). Can't even dance and has a bad reputation (unstable person - bi polar disorder).

So yeah, why would Enrique Iglesias want to do anything with
Spears concert tour. LAME IDEA and good that he NIXED IT.

1201 days ago
162.

Dave     

He did the right thing. She's a zero talent lip sinking loser that's fat and out of breath. At least this guy has something.

1201 days ago
163.

say what?    

Suggestion...Big Time Rush. Cute group.

1201 days ago
164.

Reverend Kirk    

Iglesias has had five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles including two #1s, and holds the record for producing 22 number 1 Spanish-language singles on the Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Up until the release of his latest album, Euphoria, in 2010, he had sold over 55 million albums in both English and Spanish. He has also had eight #1 songs on Billboard's Dance charts, more than any other single male artist.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Britney is the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 32 million certified albums. Spears is also recognized as the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. She was ranked the 8th Artist of the 2000s by Billboard. In June 2010.

Enrique, in my opinion, is NOT an opening act for anyone!

1201 days ago
165.

mira    

Good decision Enrique, u r so much better that Britney.
This has nothing to do with his ego, it's simply the smartest thing to do both for his fans and his career.

1201 days ago
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