Dua Lipa speaks out after fans were kicked out of her show in Shanghai, China.
As seen on Twitter Wednesday night (below), multiple attendees were forcibly removed by security as the New Rules singer performed on stage.
A fan named Elsa told DailyMail.com that several standing fans were told by guards to sit down. Additionally, the university student said one man was removed after reportedly waving a rainbow flag. She told the publication:
“Many fans at the front rows were holding the rainbow flags high, and I heard they were ordered to take down the flags, especially the fans in the first three rows… As a lover of western pop music and culture, this incident has broken my heart.”
Another attendee — who wished to stay anonymous in fear of repercussions — said she saw a female concert-goer get kicked out after allegedly giving a guard the middle finger after being told to sit down.
On Wednesday, shocking footage of the concert began circulating around social media:
I just CANT believe it. This is the show of Dua Lipa in Shanghai. All the fans are forbidden to stand out and could only sit on to see the show?!? If you don’t, the guard would use violence to kick u out. It’s unbelievable… #dualipa pic.twitter.com/quITZNLVxU
— Ｎｅｏ (@imneo_) September 12, 2018
Guards also reportedly fought with the removed attendees outside the concert venue.
#DuaLipa #DuaLipaMNL #DuaLipaMNL2018 #Shanghai And this on is UNBELIEVABLE!!! The audience who were pulled out of the concert by security guards, and also beaten up outside by security guards!!!!!!! These security guards are totally hooligans!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/kON19ak6xH
— Belief WILD (@Belief_wild) September 12, 2018
Towards the end of the show, the 23-year-old songstress — who appeared to be crying — addressed the audience about wanting “to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun.”
Dua Lipa Cried In Shanghai China Tonight pic.twitter.com/Tz17SRGpiH
— Liability (@958353005) September 12, 2018
On Thursday, Lipa released a statement on Twitter, saying she was “horrified by what happened.” Despite the drama, the starlet stands by her fans, and is grateful that they “felt safe enough to show [their] pride” at the concert.
Shanghai ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mxLHxj2Y3y
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) September 13, 2018
According to BBC, homosexuality isn’t illegal in China, though anti-LGBT attitudes are still prevalent.
[Image via Clemens Niehaus/Future Image/WENN.]