London: British boy band The Wanted’s member Siva Kaneswaran has revealed that they were ordered to face the wall when Britney Spears passed them in the hallway at London’s O2.
The pop singer’s bouncers told the boys that they were not allowed to see the singer and said they had to turn around.
The shocked band, currently riding high in the US charts, was opening a concert with Spears when the humiliating demand was made.
“We were trying to get wi-fi in the middle of the hallway,” the Daily Star quoted Kaneswaran as saying.
“Britney’s bouncers came down with her and told us to face the wall.
“We turned around and I faced the wall for about 10 seconds until she got really far away,” he said.
The 30-year-old had let band member Nathan Sykes, 19, kiss her 11 years ago after he won a TV singing competition with a performance of her hit ‘Baby One More Time’.
But the pop princess clearly didn’t remember him when the band appeared with her in Manchester last November.
The boys are under instructions not to discuss the incident but Tom Parker, 23, said that they would “tell it anyway”.
“We signed a confidentiality thing that we should never say anything about what happened, but we’ll tell it anyway!” Parker said.
The hit-makers, whose members also include Max George, 23, and Jay McGuiness, 21, have sold more than a million copies of Glad You Came in the US.