All around the world — is another celebrity feud! Iggy Azalea raised eyebrows over the weekend when she not-so-subtly blamed Britney Spears for the flop of their "Pretty Girls" single and video. But it turns out, the Australian rapper was always quite vocal about the collaboration. An insider exclusively reveals to Us Weekly that Azalea "was difficult" while shooting the song's music video.
"Iggy was difficult with respect to direction of [the] video. Everyone just got fed up and didn’t want to deal with it. Britney, being a veteran artist, was tired of arguing," the source tells Us, noting that Spears decided to do the track after Azalea's team introduced her to it.
A second source notes: "'Pretty Girls' was Britney's song and video but Iggy totally took it over as if it was hers. Iggy ordered everyone — including Britney — around as if she was directing the video."
The second insider adds that Azalea, who's just featured on the song, also decided on the single's artwork. (The first source says that the artwork was "mutually agreed upon" but the rapper wanted RCA to re-release it to show that it's a collaboration.)
In addition, the second source says that Azalea told Spears, 33, what they should wear during their Billboard Music Awards performance on May 17. "Britney is such a fan that she listened to everything Iggy said," the second insider says. The first source counters: "[Britney] chose her Billboard outfit and would never wear something she didn’t want to wear."
The ladies may have bonded on set (and on stage!), but things have been a bit tense in recent days — especially with Azalea's Twitter comments on Sunday, June 28. She explained why the song, which at best landed at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, hasn't made a bigger splash.
“@rhuancesarr its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc. unfortunately im just featured…" Azalea, 25, told one fan about "Pretty Girls" during a Q&A.
"@ThePopZone my comment is factual, it applies to any song. I dont have to suck the womans a--hole 24/7 to be her friend, do i? bye girls," she later added. "Genuine friends have genuine opinions. Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being bitchy or shade."
Spears appeared to reply to Azalea's comments soon after. "Can't wait to get back to Vegas," she tweeted. "So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to…" As previously reported, Azalea — plagued with bad press since she became a household name last summer — recently canceled her North American Great Escape Tour, claiming that she deserved "a break."
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