Dua Lipa has issued a statement saying she was “horrified” after fans were dragged out of her concert in Shanghai.
In videos posted on social media, security staff can be seen forcibly pulling people from their seats and ejecting them from the building. Some of those in attendance say they were removed for dancing in their seats and waving rainbow flags in support of gay rights.
One fan who was at the concert dismissed the claims that the removals had anything to do with rainbow flags.
Lipa was visibly upset on stage at the National Exhibition and Convention Center: “I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun,” she told the concertgoers. “I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing. I want us all to just have a really good time.”
The next day, the 23-year-old English-Albanian singer issued a statement on social media, saying that she is proud of her fans: “I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show,” she wrote. “What you did takes a lot of bravery.
“I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved. I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows.”