Oops, she did it again. Alienated the entire country of Mexico, for the second time in a week, that is. Two days after Britney Spears apologized for her obscene finger gesture, she had to apologize again for abandoning the stage just five songs into the Mexico City concert that ended her world tour, according to published reports.
Sunday’s concert, the second of two at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium, found her performing for 52,000 fans, reportedly the largest audience she’d yet reached on the tour. During the fifth song, ”Stronger,” she abruptly left the stage, saying only, ”I’m sorry Mexico. I love you. Bye,” according to Mexico City newspaper Milenio. An announcement came over the public address system telling fans to go home. Some shouted ”Fraud, fraud,” and hurled Britney merchandise, Milenio reported.
The next day, concert promoters issued a statement on Monday blaming the cancellation on safety concerns raised by that night’s thunderstorm, and quoted Spears as saying, ”The Mexican fans are some of the best in the world. However, for the security of my company and the audience, as well as for the show’s quality, I had to suspend my performance.”
It was the second time in a week Spears found herself apologizing to the whole country. On Friday, three days after photographers shot her flipping the bird, she said that her gesture wasn’t directed at Mexican fans, but at the aggressive paparazzi who were recklessly chasing her car.
Concert promoters said that ticket buyers, who had paid anywhere from $14 to $190 a seat, could get refunds starting Thursday. In other words, Spears isn’t coming back any time soon to make up for the abortive show. Speaking to reporters last week, she said she would follow her tour with a long vacation. Echoing fellow Pepsi pitchman Bob Dole, she said, ”I think I am just going to take six months off and just have Britney time and just do what Britney wants to do.”