Britney Spears in back in the limelight after announcing her new Femme Fatale tour but she has already lost her co-headline act, Enrique Iglesias.

In a blow for Spears, only hours after it was revealed that Iglesias would be supporting her on tour, Billboard announced that Iglesias had backed out. Femme Fatale had been touted as a superstar double bill.

No reason has been given for Iglesias pulling out of the tour but apparently negotiations are underway. Money is a possible source of contention, but, according to sources, the problem was more one of “perception”.

Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias was originally billed as co-headliner with Britney Spears.

Billboard reports that Iglesias felt that he was likely to be perceived as “supporting” Spears on tour, rather than being a co-headliner, despite the careful wording of press releases.

Apparently the timing of Britney’s Femme Fatale album release this week along with her Good Morning America appearance today were just too galling for Iglesias, who felt that fans would automatically assume he was second on the tour bill.

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Today, Iglesias’ spokesperson told Reuters: “Unfortunately, Enrique Iglesias and Britney Spears will not be touring together […] Enrique has great respect for Britney and is a longtime fan of her work. He is very sorry for the confusion this might have caused to anyone.”

The news makes Britney look a bit silly, however, as she appeared on GMA only yesterday telling host Robin Roberts: “I’m going on tour with Enrique Iglesias in June.”

Britney Spears taping her Good Morning America performance.
Britney Spears taping her Good Morning America performance.

The Femme Fatale tour will be Britney’s first full live shows since her 2009 The Circus tour. The tour begins on June 17 in Sacramento, California, and will include 26 arena dates. The specific dates have not been released.