Dua Lipa is clearing up speculation that she will perform at the World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off later this month.
In a message posted to her Instagram Stories on Sunday, the British pop star told fans she would not be appearing at the FIFA event, which has sparked calls for a boycott. As Yahoo Sports previously reported, the treatment of migrant workers in Qatar has raised concerns about human rights violations, while the LGBTQ community has criticized the country's laws against same-sex relationships.
"There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar," Lipa, 27, wrote. "I do not perform ... or participate in any negotiations that I perform."
While the singer isn't boycotting the games outright — she'll be "cheering on England from afar" — she cited human rights concerns.
"I look forward to visiting when Qatar fulfills all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup," he said.
Lipa did not shy away from taking political stands. In 2018, the "One Kiss" singer came out as LGBTQ. And last year she blasted a "terrifying" ad in the New York Times that accused her and her then-boyfriend Anwar Hadid's sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid of anti-Semitism.
"I completely reject the false and horrible accusations," he wrote on social media in response to a controversial ad by Rabbi Shmule Boteach's World Values Network. "This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against the Israeli government's actions in Palestine, which Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem accuse of persecution and discrimination.
And she's not the only musician with strong feelings about Qatar. In a new interview with the Sunday Times, Rod Stewart has revealed he turned down the chance to play in the country.
"I was paid over $1 million to play there 15 months ago," Stewart said. "I rejected it. It's not right to go. And the Iranians should be out there supplying the weapons as well.
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