Nicki Minaj (source: Instagram)
Nicki Minaj

Following her support for the rights of women and the LGBT community, rapper Nicki Minaj has revealed that she will not be performing in Saudi Arabia next week.

Concise news understands that Nicki’s decision is coming after the US Human Rights Foundation called for Minaj, One Direction’s Liam Payne, Steve Aoki and others who were meant to play at the Jeddah World Fest on July 18 to pull out of the festival, over the country’s record of human rights violations.

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The US rapper, in a statement to the Associated Press, said “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,” she said

Nicki was supposed to perform in Saudi, after the Islamic country loosened decades-old restrictions on entertainment.