Pink spoke out for Britney Spears the same day that Spears’ husband, Sam Asghari, filed for divorce.
At a concert Wednesday in Detroit, the “Just Give Me a Reason” and “Raise Your Glass” singer changed the lyrics to “don’t let me get you” which name contains Spears. In the original, Pink laments that she needs to change to break into the music industry.
“LA told me, ‘You’re going to be a pop star / All you have to change is everything you are,'” she sings. “I’m sick of being compared to frigging Britney Spears.”
Her performance this week had a seemingly more sympathetic approach, as Pink – real name Alecia Beth Moore – sang, “Tired of being compared to sweet Britney Spears,” according to a Video shared on social media. The fans in attendance cheered as Pink read out the changed lyrics.
Asghari filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday, 14 months after he and Spears married. Court documents reviewed by The Times revealed the couple have been separated since July 28. Asghari shared a statement on his Instagram on Thursday, shortly after news of the split broke.
“After six years of love and commitment to each other, my wife and I have decided to end our journey together,” Asghari wrote. “We will hold on to the love and respect we have for one another and I always wish her the best.”
He asked his followers for privacy while he and Spears work through their divorce.
Spears, 41, and Asghari, 29, tied the knot in June 2022 after more than five years of dating. Her Thousand Oaks wedding had a star-studded guest list that included Paris Hilton, Selena Gomez, Madonna and Drew Barrymore, among others.
The former couple wed more than six months after an LA judge ruled in November to end the singer’s controversial guardianship.
Pink and Spears have a long tradition among the pop divas of modern music. Think gladiator style Pepsi commercial in which Beyoncé also starred? In a February interview with PeoplePink cleared up all rumors of hostility.
“People think I picked Britney [my 2001 single] ‘Don’t let me get me,’ but I’ve always felt like a big sister to her,” she said. “I’m very protective of her and she’s the sweetest person in the world.”
TimeS Staff writer Jonah Valdez contributed to this report.