Will.i.am Clears Up Reports Over Cancelled New Year’s Eve Performance

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December 30, 2013 | 5:55pm EST

Rapper will.i.am has cleared up reports suggesting he cancelled a New Year’s Eve show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, insisting he never officially signed on to perform at the event.
Representatives for the Black Eyed Peas frontman have explained he was unable to commit because certain performance elements were never confirmed for the Reveillon event.
A statement from his manager reads, “will.i.am and his management received an invitation for will.i.am to perform at a New Year’s Eve event on the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During discussions about the invitation, the event producer expressed an intention to televise the concert.
“will.i.am’s management team requested certain staging elements be added for the show in order to accommodate his televised performance. These staging elements were not confirmed, so no agreement to perform was ever reached.
“(He) apologizes to his fans for confusion caused as the result of the unauthorized and premature external discussion of his involvement.”