As the ambassador of "New Rules," Dua Lipa isn't fond of Qatar's problematic laws against LGBTQ+ individuals.
Despite the ongoing speculation and rumors that Lipa would be performing at the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, the singer has taken to social media to deny those claims. In her explanation, the singer specifically took a jab at the country's issues with "human rights."
Lipa wrote in an Instagram Story:
"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 nor have I ever been involved in any negotiation to perform. I will be cheering England on from afar and 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. One love, Dua x."
For context, homosexuality is illegal in Qatar. The punishment includes up to three years in prison and the possibility of death penalty. In the past, tourists have been arrested for engaging in "homosexual activity" while visiting the country, and many others have been deported. Qatar obviously also doesn't recognize same-sex relationships.
As one of the most successful popstars in the world right now, Lipa was a top-of-mind name for possibly performing at the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, Lipa has always been a committed ally to the LGBTQ+ community and has once again stood by her principles.
We stan a true ally who turns down checks to do what's right!