Pitbull made headlines when he invited Lindsay Lohan — currently suing him over the lyrics to his hit “Give Me Everything” — to Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, where Pit will be performing the song with Ne-Yo and Nayer.
“We’ll be performing at the VMAs, and as a matter of fact, I’d like to send out an invitation to Lindsay Lohan,” he said in a statement on his Planet Pit website. “Hopefully, she can come with me to the VMAs, and we can figure this out.”
Of course, with the big show just around the corner, Lohan has yet to publicly RSVP, so when MTV News caught up with Pit during rehearsals for the VMAs, we had to ask if he’d heard from the actress. Lohan specifically took issue with the line “Got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan,” which Pit actually saw as a positive lyric.
“As far as the whole Lindsay Lohan situation, it’s real simple: I’m actually surprised and, in an ironic way, kind of honored. The record, if you listen to it from beginning to end, [is a] very positive record. I start off even talking about my own life,” he said. “So in no way, shape or form am I here to defame, degrade or hurt anybody. It was my way of showing love or helping out, I would think.
“But either [way], I said, ‘You know what? Performing it at the VMAs, [I] would like to invite her out,’ ” he continued. “And anybody who knows my reputation [knows I] don’t do no publicity stunts. I’m not really about none of that. … So I said it, I meant it, and if she takes it, great. If she doesn’t, cool. But she will have her tickets at will call.”
Pitbull didn’t stop there: If (or when) Lohan picks up her tickets, he hopes she’ll join him onstage for his performance of “Everything.” Maybe she could even rap the offending line.
“That would be great, to be honest with you,” he laughed. “That might just throw Lindsay Lohan through the roof. People would love her if she did that! But then again, that’s just my two cents on her PR team and what they should be doing.”
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday from Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.