Washington [US]: Putting an end to all speculation, British singer and songwriter Dua Lipa has confirmed that she will not be performing at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, set to begin in Qatar on November 20.
According to Variety, denying rumours of her involvement and calling for the host nation to address its human rights abuses, Dua shared an announcement on her Instagram Story on Sunday. It read, “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 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,” the statement added.
FIFA’s choice to hold the World Cup in Qatar, a country that battled a disproportionately wide variety of deaths amongst migrant employees during the construction of stadiums, has drawn severe complaints. In addition to having vulnerable labour laws, Qatar forbids homosexuality, reported Variety.
On November eleven, Korean boy band BTS’ Jung Kook was introduced as a World Cup performer and contributor to the World Cup soundtrack.
His participation falls in line with BTS’ hiatus, a decision made by the group to pursue individual track releases and tasks. Some band members are also prepping to begin Korea’s mandatory navy service.
Meanwhile, a complete of 32 groups representing specific international locations will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup for you to take location at the Al Bayt Stadium in Doha, Qatar, as per Variety.