Why is everyone so mean to Britney Spears? The 33-year-old has made some mistakes (remember her 55-hour marriage to Jason Alexander?) and has had a mental breakdown, but she never bashes other artists the way they do her. Here are six times that she took the high road when other music artists publicly dissed her:
6. Iggy Azalea and “Pretty Girls”
In late June of 2015, Iggy Azalea used a Twitter Q&A to blame Britney for their duet “Pretty Girls” being a flop. When a fan asked about it, Iggy responded, “its difficult to send a song up the charts without additional promo and tv performances etc. unfortunately im just featured…” When Britney’s fans freaked out that she was blaming Britney’s failure to promote the song, Iggy claimed she was not dissing Britney, and that she can be critical even as a friend: “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 said. Classy, huh? A few days later, Iggy did a bit of clarifying: “i wish we had promoted more but thats out of my control. shes a good friend,” she wrote on Twitter. “Genuine friends have genuine opinions. Its possible & healthy to have a differing thought without it being b-tchy or shade.” (She has a point — but it still feels like she blames Britney for the song’s failure and takes no responsibility herself.) Britney refused to join in the war; she tweeted: “Can’t wait to get back to Vegas. So thankful I have shows for the rest of the year to look forward to… #YouWantAPieceOfMe.” Many people thought she was dissing Iggy, but you can’t claim that for sure.