Jessica Mauboy has apologised for not singing the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup, but still hasn’t explained her absence.
The pop diva took to Twitter late on Wednesday to say she was sorry.
“I was really looking forward to it and of all the days for things to go wrong, unfortunately this was the one,” she wrote.
“I am so sorry to everyone for the disappointment xxxx JM.”
A statement from her management blamed a “miscommunication with her styling team” that wasn’t resolved until after the call time.
The Victoria Racing Club remains none the wiser as to the reason behind her failure to perform.
VRC boss Simon Love issued a statement on Wednesday, confirming Mauboy was fitted out in a “mutually approved wardrobe” for the Melbourne Cup performance.
Love said the VRC was “disappointed” and seeking an explanation from Mauboy about her withdrawal, without notice, just minutes before she was due to sing.
Mauboy’s backing singer Nadia Aya saved the day with a flawless rendition of Advance Australia Fair.
“The VRC can confirm that it supplied Jessica Mauboy with a mutually approved wardrobe and she undertook a full rehearsal of the planned performance on the eve of Emirates Melbourne Cup,” Love said.
“The club has no details as to why Jessica Mauboy didn’t perform and continues to seek clarification from her management.”
Media speculation has attributed Mauboy’s no-show to the first world problem of what shoes to wear.
Retailer Myer, a major backer of the event, apparently took issue with Mauboy’s brand of footwear.
It’s the second reported instance of a celebrity running foul of Myer’s tough sponsor’s policy.
On Derby Day, Hollywood superstar Hilary Swank wore an outfit designed by Aussie Christopher Esber which was matched with a Nerida Winter hat.
Both designers are aligned with retailer David Jones.
Swank was apparently supposed to be photographed holding the Melbourne Cup but the shoot was cancelled because she wasn’t decked out in Myer stocked apparel.
Myer has distanced itself from the drama, with a spokesman telling AAP “it is a matter for the VRC”.