Nicki Minaj pulling out of Saudi Arabia concert to show support for women's, gay rights
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Rapper Nicki Minaj will reportedly no longer perform in Saudi Arabia this month in a move to show support for women’s and gay rights.

Minaj was originally scheduled to perform at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18, but opted against it after “careful reflection,” she told The Associated Press.


“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,” Minaj told the AP in a statement.

Minaj’s decision comes after the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement last week calling on her and other performers to withdraw from the event, citing Saudi Arabia’s gender segregation enforcement and strict rules for women, though some of those restrictions have loosened in recent years.

In accordance with Saudi law, the event is alcohol and drug-free. The AP reports other performers at the festival include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ Steve Aoki.