Dua Lipa Denies Involvement in FIFA World Cup 2022, Urges Host Nation Qatar to Address Human Rights Concerns

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Amid speculation, Dua Lipa has confirmed that she will not perform at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off Nov. 20 in Qatar.

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The pop star shared a definitive statement on the matter through social media, denying rumors of her involvement and calling for the host nation to address its human rights abuses.

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“I will not be performing and nor have I ever been involved in any negotiations to perform,” she wrote in an Instagram story. “I will be cheering England on from afar.”

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She went on to say: “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.”

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FIFA organizers have been highly scrutinized for their decision to host the World Cup in Qatar,

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which struggled with an overwhelming number of deaths among migrant workers during the construction of stadiums

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In addition to poor labor laws, homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

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“[The tournament] is the thing you work for your whole life and you don’t want that to be diminished by everything else that is going on around it currently,”

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England manager Gareth Southgate said in a press conference earlier this week. “But we recognize we are going to be in that situation, we’ve got to accept and deal with it.”

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