Jessica Mauboy explains Melbourne Cup fiasco

Jessica Mauboy has revealed she suffered a panic attack just moments before she was due to sing the national anthem at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

The Australian pop-star was a matter of minutes awawy from stepping out on the stage to sing when she mysteriously disappeared.

Organisers at Flemington were forced to quickly find a step in, with Nadia Aya, filling in Mauboy’s role.


According to the singer, her team’s constant arguing as well as a wardrobe malfunction provoked her first panic attack.

She described it as the scariest moment of her life.

It’s understood her team was arguing about contractual deals to do with what outfit or shoes Mauboy needed to wear.

She took to Twitter following her controversial runner, apologising for the incident.

“Thank you to everyone for all the messages of concern, I am OK,” her message read.

“I am so sorry I didn’t perform at the Melbourne Cup yesterday, I was really looking forward to it and of all the days for things to go wrong, unfortunately this was the one. I am so sorry to everyone for the disappointment xxxx JM.”

Mauboy will be performing at the ARIA Awards on November 26.

She’s hoping to have her wardrobe sorted well in advance.