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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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dzzy    

He should be honored b/c he's a one hit wonder. Britney doesn't need him. Have a female opener and the hell with all these males that have used you all your life. Her new songs have already surpassed his one hit in 8 years!

1302 days ago
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Gerri    

Since when is Enrique a big music star?

1301 days ago
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mick    

Enrique is a Latin icon the biggest Latin artist in the world with 22#1 latin song on the billboard more than any artist in history ,20 #1 Latin pop song in the billboard more than any artist in history,8 #1 dance club chart on billboard more than any male artist in history beating prince and MJ,he has more#1 song on billboard than any artist,Enrique is a singer- song writer-producer-actor-model,he sing's 100% live with no playback with 100% real band unlike Britney she 100%lip-sync even she doesn't do playback ,I will pay big money to see a true artist who interact with his fans and a true showmanship , not a fake artist.

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