Jennifer Lopez pulls out of World Cup opening ceremony

Jun 9, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. ET
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Don't look for Jennifer Lopez at the opening ceremony of the World Cup. The 44-year-old singer has exited the show due to "production issues."

After all of the hype at the Billboard Music Awards about Jennifer Lopez appearing with Pitbull at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Brazil, the pop singer has withdrawn from the event. Her reasons for exiting were rather vague.

An official press release on Sunday said, "For production issues, Jennifer Lopez, one of the artists of the official song 'We Are One,' will not be able to perform at the Fifa World Cup opening ceremony."

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While the "I Luh Ya Papi " singer is out, Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte remain on the performance roster. The appearance for JLo would have been a big international push for her new album, A.K.A., which drops next week.

The music industry is speculating that her public breakup with Casper Smart last week may have something to do with it. Even though the couple announced an amicable split, rumors continue to surface that the former backup dancer has been canoodling with several transgender women recently.

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JLo might be avoiding any personal questions about her love life given the delicate nature of all the current gossip. The American Idol judge did make a big splash last week at her hometown concert in the Bronx, New York, but she waited until after that event to officially announce the breakup.

The 2014 World Cup begins this week in Sao Paolo, Brazil. It's a global event involving 32 nations that will compete for the coveted prize in soccer.

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