Dua Lipa refutes claims of World Cup performance

Singer, songwriter, Dua Lipa has denied rumors that she will be performing at the Qatar World Cup later this month adding that she might consider if Qatar “improves its human rights record”, according to reports.

The singer has said that she will not be performing at the 2022 opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup scheduled in Qatar between 20 November to 18 December.

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The 27-year-old “New Rules” singer said that she would consider performing in the country if it improves upon its record on human rights. It is pertinent to note that Qatar has been surrounded by controversy for its stance against migrant workers and same-sex couples, where such relationships are criminalized. According to The Guardian, the “treatment of the LGBTQ+ community” is a “cause for concern” for fans of the sport.

Following reports that she might be performing during the opening ceremony, Lipa shared a statement on the social networking website, Instagram denying the speculation. Lipa wrote, “I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform”. The songwriter added that she will cheer for England but will consider visiting once Qatar fulfills “all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”

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So far, Jungkook member of the South Korean boyband BTS (Bangtan Boys) is the only act confirmed to perform during the opening ceremony scheduled for 20 November at Al Bayt stadium. Meanwhile, other acts include US rapper Diplo, DJ Calvin Harris, and Jamaican singer Sean Paul.

Apart from Dua Lipa, Comedian Joe Lycett has also raised concerns against the FIFA World Cup. According to international media reports, Lycett allegedly told David Beckham he would “shred £10,000” if the latter didn’t pull out of the World Cup deal.

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