Paloma Faith apologises after saying ‘Hola Espana’ at gig in Gibraltar

Singer added, 'It's great to be in a place that's half English and half Spanish'

Paloma Faith was forced to apologise after greeting fans at gig in Gibraltar by saying “Hola Espana”, despite the island being a British territory.

Gibraltar has been under the control of Great Britain since 1713. Its official language is English, although many also speak Spanish.

Faith appeared at the Gibraltar Music Festival on Saturday (September 5), greeting fans first by saying “Hola Espana” and then adding, “It’s great to be in a place that’s half English and half Spanish.” The singer herself is half English and half Spanish.

Following a negative reaction from local fans, Faith took to Twitter to write, “If I offended anyone tonight in Gibraltar about their heritage Im sorry. I had no intention of doing that. I come in peace! I only bring love.”

She later added, “I just wish that people could be kinder to each other and more compassionate and forgiving. There’s too much anger in the world already.”

Paloma Faith and Boy George have been announced as judges for the new series of BBC’s The Voice, replacing Rita Ora and Tom Jones.

Meanwhile, a couple convicted of outraging public decency after indulging in a sex act during a concert at which Paloma Faith was performing were recently fined £1,000 each.

Lisanne Beck and Simon Murphy of Swansea were found guilty by unanimous decision at the Old Bailey in London last month (August 12). The jury decided the couple behaved indecently by engaging in sexual activity, including oral sex. The pair denied all charges with Beck claiming she was trying to wake her partner, who was asleep at the time.

The couple must each pay £1,000 by November or face jail. They must also pay £1,750 each to cover court costs.