Pixie Lott has come under fire on social media, after appearing to laugh while attending this year's Festival Of Remembrance.
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The annual event honours the fallen troops who have lost their lives fighting for their country in various world conflicts, and this year’s concert was shown on Saturday night, ahead of Remembrance Sunday.
During the broadcast, several viewers spotted the former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant - who also gave a solo performance during the concert - seemingly giggling in the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall, as she sang along to one of the night’s hymns, while glancing at Rod Stewart, who she was standing next to.
Her apparent laughter has now sparked a backlash on social media, with several users calling for her to apologise, and accusing her of only attending the event to further her public profile.
.@PixieLott whomever she is, being deeply disrespectful at the Remembrance ceremony by laughing instead of singing a hymn— Hugh (@ehu) November 7, 2015
Several Twitter users have also hit out at Rod, though others who have seen the footage have noted that he doesn’t actually appear to be in on Pixie’s joke.
Thoroughly disgusted with Rod Stewart & Pixie Lott,so disrespectful,they should apologise unreservedly! #FestivalofRemembrance— Tracy (@tjb2202) November 7, 2015
Pixie Lott and Rod Stewart giggling through #FestivalofRemembrance - so disrespectful!! Don't know why they were invited, poor performances!— Áine Gallagher (@AineBGallagher) November 7, 2015
Following the event, Pixie paid tribute to the troops on her own Twitter page on Sunday:
❤️ remembering those who fought for us including my family members. Loved meeting those who still are today and their families @PoppyLegion— Pixie Lott (@PixieLott) November 8, 2015
Responding to the backlash, her spokesperson told The Mirror: "Pixie was incredibly honoured to be asked to perform at The Festival Of Remembrance. Pixie is hugely supportive of The British Armed Forces and The Royal British Legion, and has the utmost respect for them.
“Pixie is involved with The Royal British Legion in various ways every year as it means so much to her and her family."