Britney Spears has hit back at critical media reports of her Circus tour, saying she came to Australia for her fans.
The pop star arrived in the country last week amid controversy over her lip-synching stage performance, and soon faced reports that disappointed fans walked out of her opening show in Perth.
Spears has been keeping a low profile since arriving in Melbourne earlier this week, but she responded to the criticism today.
“I hear there is a lot of controversy in the media about my show,” Spears said in a statement.
“Some reporters have said they love it and some don’t. I came to Australia for my fans!”
Spears is due to play the first of three sold-out shows in Melbourne on Wednesday night, and has been indulging in some retail therapy.
“Went shopping on Collins Street yesterday and got a lot of my Christmas presents. Melbourne is beautiful. Can’t wait to see more. -Britney,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Aussie DJ Havana Brown, who is touring with Spears, said she is surprised by the savaging the pop princess has received here.
Brown said there was no negative reaction from fans and the media about lip-synching and lacklustre performances in Europe, where they toured before Australia.
“I think it’s quite well known that she has lip-synched in the past. I don’t think it’s any surprise to anybody,” Brown told AAP.
“There was nothing like that in Europe. I think everyone knew what they were in for, and I think everyone should know here as well.
“I’m not quite sure what the fuss is about.”
Brown was personally chosen by Spears’ father and manager to open the Circus tour in Europe and Australia.
The Melbourne native gets the crowds warmed up for Spears each night and then sits back to enjoy the spectacle.
She said there was an “incredible response” at the first two shows in Perth, and she hoped Aussie fans would make up their own minds about the concert.
“It’s sad. I want people to be positive about her – she’s doing so well, and she’s looking so good, and the show is amazing,” she said.
“I want everyone to make their own opinion, rather than be persuaded by what’s been in the media.”