Rapper Nicki Minaj has pulled out of the music festival planned to take place at the Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia on 18 July after criticism.
Recall that news surfaced days ago announcing that the singer known for her revealing outfits and explicit lyrics is the headline act for the music festival.
Some social media users also described the singer’s decision to perform in Jeddah as hypocritical.
Minaj who cited her support for the rights of women and the LGBT community as reasons for the cancellation told Associated Press that:
“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest.
“While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression.”
The show said to be in line with Saudi laws, will be alcohol and drug-free, open to people 16 and older in keeping with the country’s law.