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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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INeverLie    

Enrique saw the handwriting on the wall after her "live" appearances in Vegas. She's fat and lazy and needs to work out at leas t 6 hours a day in the gym and on the dance floor. Sadly enough it will never happen. She can't sing, dance or write her own music.

If she really does go on tour, which I don't fully believe, she will be missing dates and it will be an embarrassment.

That's why Enrique cancelled.

1240 days ago
167.

AutumnFairy    

Haha!! I'm so sorry for this guy: His ego is making him delusional..

1240 days ago
168.

Bubba X    

he couldn't open for me.

1240 days ago
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Alli J 420    

He's an ass but it really doesn't matter. I think the tour will end up being a disaster. We all know Britney has some crazy left to show us. Ding dang ya'll!!!

1240 days ago
170.

ei    

Enrique had every right to back out and it's not just because of his ego... TMZ - you always get things wrong! and yes, you are always lacking credibility. It's always a he said she said game with you guys... I was so glad when Enrique backed out since who wants to pay to go to see Britney?!?! sorry not me! I've been to 3 Enrique concerts this year and was excited about the possibility of seeing him again! but it's all good... I don't want to pay to see britney! i hope he'll do more concerts in the US - you always leave his concerts wanting more! he's the best!!! :D

1240 days ago
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Tina    

None of you know a thing about Enrique so you should not even be commenting. Enrique has the record on #1 hits in Spanish and has beaten Prince and Michael Jackson iin #1 hits in English. He filled Madison Square Garden in seven minutes PERFORMING BY HIMSELF. Britney came to San Diego to play at the Hard Rock and it was canceled for lack of interest. She is the one who needed another star to help with her tour NOT Enrique. She can't dance anymore, she has always lip-synced and she has never written a song and she is a star! Give me a break!!!! She is store bought!

1240 days ago
172.

Sarah    

Who would want to open for a couple of lip syncing, studio muscians? Maybe Hulk Hogans daughter or Ashley Simpson! LOL!

1240 days ago
173.

Sue    

Someone please find this 'Lori' person and have her committed! She is trashing the latin singer for being dirty while her hero is humping boxes on stage because she can't dance anymore. lol

1240 days ago
174.

dd    

Lori obviously hasn't been watching tv lately Brit needs serious help and those horrible outfits she's wearing....OMG

1240 days ago
175.

Jasper    

I'm not a fan of either. But clearly Spears should get top billing.

At least I know who Britney Spears is and some of her songs.

All I know about the dude is that he's somehow related to a guy that sang a song with Willie Nelson one time.

1240 days ago
176.

lynden    

A few hours from now you'll be lucky to get a gig Enrique...you're such a douche

1240 days ago
177.

Joe    

Mimi @162...

Sorry miss, or maybe you are Lori, but Enrique isn't a 1-hit wonder. As I mentioned previously, Brit has more name than him in the US, but brit's last tour only had 3 dates of low 30K people. Everything else was sub 20K. Enrique on the other hand, has played in stadiums that had over 65K people, on multiple stops on his tours. One 2 day trip in Argentina he had about 130K both nights. Can Brit do that? heck no.

Enrique doesn't need the US market to succeed. Had you heard of Ricky Martin before Livin La Vida Loca? No? Guess what, he was and is bigger than Brit too world wide. The US isn't the only pond in the world.

Go home and play with your barbie.

1240 days ago
178.

steven katona    

ubelievable! what shame! how could he! the acts would be great for the consumer as both these talented superstars complement each other as their music is a rich talent from mainstream music that shows their fans and the world how talented they really are. i listened and i feel that its the same genre that would be nice as a fan to see both acts. i hope he reconsiders as he should listen to britney's music before being so rash in his decisions. he's a superstar but someone has to open the show. his talents should be shown as they should do a duet! what a combo! so i dunno what his problem is. i hope he reconsiders to show his fans he's capable of being a team player and giving his fans the ability to share the stage with big name acts that sound good on that ipod list. eh enrique? you gonna give the fans what they want? be a hero. do the duet!

1240 days ago
179.

lori    

@ 145 NO I DID NOT MEAN JULIO IGLESIAS! I MEANT ENRIQUE IGLESIAS HAS A MAJOR DRINKING PROBLEM! HE DRINKS ON STAGE AT ALL HIS CONCERTS AND IF YOU THINK THATS WATER IN THOSE BOTTLES THINK AGAIN! I KNOW THE DUFFERENCE HIS FATHER IS A CLASSY MAN AND ENRIQUE IS A DIRTY FILTHY SLOB! AND FYI WHOEVER DOESNT LIKE MY COMMENTS TO F---G BAD! AT LEAST IM NOT POSTING WITH DIFFERENT NAMES LIKE SOME OF YOU AND I KNOW WHO THEY ARE THE BIG FAT OLD MIDDLE AGED WOMAN FANS OF ENRIQUE OR JUST THE CLUELESS ENRIQUE FANS! EVRYONE IS SAYING HE MADE A BIG MISTAKE AND ALSO EVERYONE IS LAUGHING AT HIM! HE WILL NEVER BE WELL KNOWN AS BRITNEY ANYWHERE!

1240 days ago
180.

maizieful    

#10 googie, you are absolutely correct I was shocked on GMA and Jimmy Kimmel's shows Britney couldn't dance and barely walked around.! What's going on with her she use to be a great dancer? Maybe it's the downer meds taking affect. Very sad. She should wake up or not perform at all. Also she did lip syncing and the album recording is alot of computer techno production..

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