Teen pop icon Britney Spears has issued an apology to fans in Mexico City after rough weather forced her to leave the stage Sunday having played just four full songs. “I’m sorry I couldn’t finish the show for my fans,” Spears said in a statement issued today (July 30) via her label, Jive Records. “The Mexican fans are one of the best audiences to play for. We decided that we had no choice but to cancel the show after the storm and lightning showed no signs of clearing up.”
Spears reportedly began the Foro Del Sol Stadium show, the finale of her Dream Within a Dream tour, during a break between two storms. The label said the decision was made to ensure the safety of Spears and the other performers, her crew, and the audience, and that many of the robotic lights and pyrotechnics were malfunctioning because of the fierce storm.
The artist had performed for about 35 minutes for the more than 50,000 fans who braved the weather when the decision was made to call off the show. She was in the midst of performing the single “Stronger,” when she left the stage, saying only “I’m sorry Mexico. I love you. Bye,” according to a report in local paper Milenio. Now that the tour is finished, Spears told reporters she will “take six months off and just have Britney time and just do what Britney wants to do.”
Beginning Thursday (Aug. 1), fans can receive a full refund for their tickets from the point of purchase.