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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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niles    

Not a good career move for somehow who could have used a boost. Enrique thinks he is still the hot commodity from several years ago and can show up for major shows dressed in old jeans and dirty T-shirts.

1221 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

Wait, I'm confused. Britney's gardener wants to sing and headline as well?

Posted at 5:04 AM on Mar 30, 2011 by Joe


Haha, I admit I laughed. Good one.

1221 days ago
48.

carla    

I agree with #13 completely.

1221 days ago
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kar    

I don't blame him for not doing it. She cannot sing at all. If it wasn't for all there computer tech stuff she couldn't do it. I would love to hear her sing with a piano and no other sounds. She won't cause she can't do it!!!

1221 days ago
50.

livereater    

enrique or britney shouldn't be in any type of concert.

they both suck & are both washed-up has beens.

i'm a loser for even reading this article.

1221 days ago
51.

Kate    

Britney is a future porn star in training. She has no talent musical or dance talent. Why even bother with this bimbo?

1221 days ago
52.

Sue    

Have you noticed that no other artist has ever wanted to be involved with her? Beyonce sang with Gaga, and Rihanna's been with others but I honestly don't blame anyone who does not want to be associated with this lip-syncing, no dancing tour.

1221 days ago
53.

hmmmmmmmmmm    

Britney looks like a prostitute, but she makes a lot of money!

1221 days ago
54.

Daisy    

Maybe Enrique thought he was going to be hit with an umbrella?

1221 days ago
55.

kar    

Milli Vanilla made a lot of money to and fooled everyone. Anyone could pull that off with help.

1221 days ago
56.

Suri-susana    

I love Shytney Smears!

1221 days ago
57.

Anya    

smart move, Enrique

1221 days ago
58.

Dimples    

LOl Americans do not understand the magnitude of Enrique's success. He's an INTERNATIONAL superstar, whereas Britney will never be. He's been in the game for a long time and writes his own music and never lip-syncs. Britney is "good" but over the years has lost her credibility... she lip-syncs and can barely dance anymore.

1221 days ago
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LISANTJ282006    

I DONT BLAME ENRIQUE FOR BACKING OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE. BRITNEY IS A HO.

1221 days ago
60.

Sammie    

I don't blame him. If I were he, I wouldn't want to open for anybody either. Not that I'm a fan or anything, just cuz. But...there would be a lot of people there to see him, not necessarily the dumb blond.

1221 days ago
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