Rapper Iggy Azalea apologized to her Saudi Arabia fans after an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction caused her to end her performance early.
During her August 25 show at the Gamers8 event in the West Asia country, Azalea's tight black latex catsuit split near her hip while she gyrated on stage.
To prevent the garment from splitting farther down her left leg, the "Black Widow" rapper squatted down and tried in vain to cover the expanding exposed area.
You can see a clip of the mishap, here.
While on the stage floor, she was seen looking off-stage for assistance while a backup dancer continued performing behind her.
Azalea claimed she was forced to end the show prematurely due to Saudi Arabia's strict dress codes and modesty laws, and posted on X in a now-deleted post captured by Page Six:
In it she wrote:
"Saudi Arabia please know to everyone at the show tonight… I LOVE YOU!!! And I’m soooooo sorry I wasn’t allowed to finish my show. It’s not the promoter who put on the shows fault so show them kindness because they are amazing people and we all wanted to continue but were not allowed by authorities because of my pants splitting."
The rapper also expressed her regrets on Instagram Story, writing:
“Saudi Arabia… Wasssssss…. probably the worst possible place to have my pants split & unfortunately, I wasn’t permitted to end the show. 🤷♀️🥲."
"BUT silver lining, the promoters were amazingly kind to me & the PEOPLE who came were the absolute most supportive.”
Azalea kept it positive and told fans:
“I love you guys this was not what I intended for the show but it’s a memory I’ll have forever & ultimately showed me how kind, loving & supportive people can be while you’re having such an embarrassing moment."
Fans on social media gave her props for handling the situation professionally.
According to the Saudi Arabia Immigration website, the dress code for female foreigners has gradually evolved over the years.
While female travelers are not required to wear an abaya (a full-length, flowy garment) and head covering, women are strongly encouraged to “cover as much flesh as possible to avoid drawing unwelcome attention.”
The website also stipulates:
"Foreign women can also walk out in public without a scarf, save at religious locations such as mosques."
"However, carrying a light scarf is strongly suggested, just in case."
An inside source told the media outlet that Azalea managed to get “through majority of her set” at the festival and that she "hopes to revisit and that this doesn’t prevent her from coming back."