According to lovin.ie, Britney Spears turned down chance to cover Fairytale of New York with Robbie Williams. He was hoping to cover the Christmas classic and reached out to Spears to perform the female vocals in the duet – only for the American pop star to decline.
“I asked Britney to duet with me on Fairytale of New York,” Williams explained. “She said no. What a lovely story. She’s not working right now. Maybe it’ll happen in the future.”
Shane MacGowan has apparently given his blessing for Williams to cover it.