Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia siting support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.
After careful reflection, I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” Minaj said in a statement.
“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 rapper was originally scheduled to headline the Arab Festival concert in Jeddah on July 18. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show.
Jeddah World Fest, which is in line with Saudi laws being alcohol and drug-free, is to open for people 16 and above. It will take place at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium in the Red Sea city.
Other performers include former One Direction member Liam Payne and DJ-producer Steve Aoki.
This event marks as Saudi Arabia’s biggest live music festival as part of the high-profile Jeddah Season Festival.