The singer, Dua Lipa has stated that she will not perform at the 2022 opening ceremony and will only perform in Qatar if it improves its human rights record.
Dua Lipa has denied reports that she will perform at Qatar’s World Cup opening ceremony.
The chart-topping 27-year-old singer, who was born in London to Kosovo-born parents, has stated that she will only perform in the country if it improves its human-rights record.
The upcoming football tournament has sparked debate, with Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers and criminalization of same-sex relationships in the spotlight.
The treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Qatar has been a source of concern for supporters hoping to visit the country and witness their cause in action.
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Lipa issued a statement on Instagram after reports linked her to the event, writing, “There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar.” I will not be performing and have never been involved in any performance negotiations.
“I will be rooting for England from afar, and I hope to visit Qatar once it has fulfilled all of the human rights commitments it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”
The only official act confirmed for the opening ceremony, which will take place on November 20 at Al Bayt stadium, is BTS’s, Jung Kook. The Fifa Fan festival, which will take place over the course of the tournament, will also feature performances by US rapper Diplo, DJ Calvin Harris, and Jamaican singer Sean Paul.
Lipa is not the first musician to make a point of not performing in Qatar. Sir Rod Stewart revealed on Sunday that he turned down more than $1 million to play in the country last year.
“I turned it down,” he told the UK’s Sunday Times. It’s not right to leave. And the Iranians should be investigated as well for supplying arms to Russia.”
Also on Sunday, comedian Joe Lycett threatened David Beckham with £10,000 if he didn’t back out of his Qatar World Cup deal. The footballer is reportedly being paid £10 million to be an ambassador for the event, and he has been heavily chastised for accepting the money, despite previously being regarded as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
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