The rapper was due to perform at the London festival on Sunday (July 21)

Lil’ Kim has apologised to fans after her performance at last weekend’s Lovebox festival was cancelled.

The US MC was due to give her only UK festival performance of 2013 on Lovebox’s third and final day, Sunday July 21, joining a line-up that also included Goldfrapp, Hurts, Purity Ring and MS MR. However, the show was cancelled 10 minutes before she was due to appear, leading festival organisers Mama Group to issue the following statement: “Lil’ Kim did not turn up to her set on time. The festival had no other option but to maintain the scheduled running order to ensure the other main stage acts were not disrupted.”

However, the rapper’s publicist Lizzie Grubman has now insisted that she was on time for the show. She tweeted: “NEWS ALERT: Due to circumstances that were out of Kim’s control, her performance at #LoveBox was cancelled. Kim was on-site and on time for her performance and apologises to all of her fans for the inconvenience.”

Azealia Banks, Flying Lotus, Rudimental and SBTRKT all performed on the festival’s first day, Friday July 19. Plan B headlined the event on Saturday July 20, joined by AlunaGeorge and soul singer D’Angelo.

Lil’ Kim released her last album, ‘The Naked Truth’, in 2005, but put out a mixtape called ‘Black Friday’ in 2011. She is currently working on her fifth album, currently untitled, with a new single expected at some point this summer.