JLo's pre-World Cup stress

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iol spt june12 WC Opening17 Reuters (L-R) Singers Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. Photo by: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

London - Jennifer Lopez was “overwhelmed” leading up to the World Cup opening ceremony.

The 44-year-old singer kicked off the international soccer tournament last month - despite reports claiming she had dropped out of the performance - but she has claimed she simply got overran with everything going on and people close to her suggested she pulled the plug on the show.

She told the Sunday Times newspaper's Style magazine: “I didn't cancel. I was just overwhelmed ... [I'm fine now, but] I've been working like crazy.

“I've got so many things to think about and pay attention to. I think people panicked when I wasn't on this plane at that time at this moment.

“So I called, and everyone was like, 'Let's just make an announcement, and I was like, 'No, I'm coming'. It was never in my mind not to be there. I know people always want answers, but I don't have answers all the time.”

At the time, it was claimed by FIFA she had pulled out due to “production issues”, before her spokesman insisted she would be at the show.

They said: “Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies. We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics ... Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of football. She will be there.” - BANG Showbiz

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