Dua Lipa won’t be performing at the World Cup after all … according to Dua Lipa.
The singer shot down rumors Sunday that she’d hit the stage in a couple weeks for the opening ceremony in Qatar, which is usually a pretty big gig that tends to draw international stars. Shakira‘s done it before, so has J Lo, Pitbull, Black Eyed Peas and others.
A lot of people thought DL was up next — among other artists who’ve been speculated on — but she’s saying it ain’t happening … all because of human rights, apparently.
Dua says, “There is 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 nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform.” She adds … “I look forward to visiting Qatar when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made when it won the right to host the World Cup.”
If you’re unfamiliar, Qatar is notorious for mistreating its women and LGBT people … often via punishment under the law. The country has made promises in the past to investigate certain matters and to improve its record, but many feel its fallen short time and again.
As for how this notion of Dua performing even got started … we tracked down the source. A Twitter account called World Music Awards announced it recently, adding a bunch of other names that they claimed would be performing at the opening ceremony as well. While they seemed pretty sure of themselves, no reputable mainstream outlet picked up the news.
They asserted Shakira and BEP would be returning, not to mention J Balvin, BTS and Bollywood star Nora Fatehi. Nora is a performer, but not kicking things off. BTS’s Jung Kook confirmed Friday he’d do the opening ceremony … and thus far, he’s the only official act.
Everyone else who’s rumored hasn’t said a thing, and FIFA has a formal list of artists performing during the tourney, post-opening ceremony. WMA has since deleted the tweet.