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Jennifer Lopez will perform at the World Cup, after all

(Associated Press)

Days after announcing that she would not be performing at Thursday’s World Cup opening ceremonies because of mysterious “production issues,” Jennifer Lopez’s rep told People magazine that the U.S. entertainer will be in Sao Paulo after all.

“Jennifer has always wanted to participate in the World Cup opening ceremonies,” the rep told People. “We have been trying to work out scheduling and logistics. Any statements to the contrary were premature. Jennifer would not want to disappoint her fans or fans of futbol. She will be there.”

Lopez teamed with Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte on the official World Cup song, “We Are One,” which took nine producers and writers to shepherd into existence and has been either ignored or mocked, depending on whom you’re talking to. Still, the show must go on, and Lopez will join the others to perform the song before Brazil takes on Croatia in the World Cup opener on Thursday afternoon (U.S. East Coast time).


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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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