World Cup 2022: Dua Lipa won't perform, calls on Qatar to fulfil human rights pledges

Dua Lipa performing ahead of the 2018 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
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Singer and songwriter Dua Lipa has responded to speculation that she will perform at the World Cup by revealing that she will not visit the country until it fulfils pledges on human rights.

The Grammy Award-winning artist had been linked with an appearance at the opening ceremony at Qatar 2022, but has denied those reports on social media.

In an Instragram story, the London-born singer wrote: "There is currently a lot of speculation that I will be performing at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar. I will not be performing and nor have I been involved in any negotiation to perform.

"I will be cheering England on from afar and 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. One love, Dua."

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Dua Lipa performed in Kyiv ahead of the 2018 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

And although she wore white that day, she has previously revealed an affinity for Liverpool, describing herself as 'an honorary supporter' of the Reds.

"My dad and brother support Arsenal and I think I would be getting in a lot of trouble if I said that I just support Liverpool," she said in 2020.

"But I love Liverpool and it has always got a special place in my heart."

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Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.