1980s pop singer Tiffany has publicly apologized for cursing at fans during an ill-fated concert Sunday at Iron Oak Post in Melbourne, Florida over the weekend.
A brief video of Tiffany swearing at fans while struggling to sing her 1987 chart-topping hit "I Think We're Alone Now" during the Nov. 21 performance was picked up by TMZ on Monday morning. The video quickly went viral.
Wednesday night, the pop singer (real name: Tiffany Darwish) apologized to fans and concertgoers during a two-minute video posted on Instagram and Twitter, saying she has been "horrified for the last couple of days."
"Hey guys, can we chat? I am so sorry," Tiffany said. "I panicked. It's not often that I lose my voice. And I got up there and just absolutely had a panic attack — a meltdown."
"And out of my frustration, I said things that I don't mean at all. I love you guys so very, very much," she continued.
Tiffany added she "prides" herself in being able to "come and bring it" in my shows. "I love being with you guys and I had no clue I had a vocal problem … and I got up there and I just wasn't there," Tiffany said. "It literally freaked me out."
"I'm sorry for any off-color things that I said, it's definitely not the norm for me," she said.
Tiffany's fans on social media showed their support for the singer following her apology.
Twitter user @Unicode_Uni wrote: "I have been a fan of yours for a very long time and have met with you several times. I have been suffering from panic attacks for years so I know what it's like but stay strong and know that we all love you."
I have been a fan of yours for a very long time and have met with you several times. I have been suffering from panic attacks for years so I know what it's like but stay strong and know that we all love you💖 P.S. I hope you can join us on the 80's cruise again!!
— Chris Clark (@Unicode_Uni) November 25, 2021
User @YulunBrentWang replied to Tiffany's apology video on Twitter, writing: "I'm your day one fan, and after all these years, all I want from you now is you to be happy and healthy."
"Take a break, have some rest, we will always love you," the user added.
I'm your day one fan, and after all these years, all I want from you now is you to be happy and healthy. Take a break, have some rest, we will always love you.
— Yu-lun Wang (@YulunBrentWang) November 25, 2021
@Lindz_Jay sent Tiffany "all the love and support."
"As someone who suffers with severe anxiety & panic attacks, I completely understand! It’s scary & takes on forms of anger & lashing out. I know those feelings all too well. Thanks for speaking to us & being vulnerable," the Twitter user added.
Sending you all the love & support! As someone who suffers with severe anxiety & panic attacks, I completely understand! It’s scary & takes on forms of anger & lashing out. I know those feelings all too well. Thanks for speaking to us & being vulnerable. Love you! ❤️ #TeamTiff
— 🕷Lindsey🕷 (@Lindz_Jay) November 25, 2021
Iron Oak Post owner Mike Fears acknowledged that Tiffany's performance spiraled out of control — "at the end, it was a train wreck. I'm not gonna lie."
But Fears said the near-sellout crowd enjoyed her show overall, and they were singing along with her throughout "I Think We're Alone Now."
“I personally hope that we can have her back. And I hope the fans will still support her because, you know, I think she'd want to redeem herself. And show that she can still put on a really good performance," Fears said.
"I don't want to say that it was a good performance for her. I don't think she would say that. So I'm not going to lie about that," he said.
"But I will say that it wasn't as bad as what was presented in what's gone viral,” he said.
After garnering attention as a teenager by singing in shopping malls, Tiffany rocketed to pop stardom in 1987 when her version of the Tommy James and the Shondells song "I Think We're Alone Now" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was 16 years old.
Her chart-topping debut album, "Tiffany," sold more than 4 million records and generated a second No. 1 hit, "Could've Been." Her 1988 follow-up record, "Hold an Old Friend's Hand," was also certified platinum.
Tiffany sang on the Space Coast in 2014 as part of the Victory Casino Lines Rad '80s Party cruise.
This article originally appeared on Florida Today: Tiffany, 80s pop singer, apologizes for swearing at fans during show