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FIFA World Cup 2022: Dua Lipa denies claims she is performing at opening ceremony

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American pop star Dua Lipa has confirmed she will not be performing at the FIFA World Cup.

The 27-year-old took to Instagram to address speculation that she would be singing at the opening ceremony, The Sun reports.

Lipa, who is currently in Australia, told her 87 million followers that she will not be heading to the tournament, and has never been involved in any negotiations to perform there.

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The singer also slammed Qatar for its human rights record.

The World Cup hosts have been scrutinised for their treatment of foreign workers and restrictive social laws.

Dua added she will only visit Qatar “when it has fulfilled all the human rights pledges it made” after being awarded the tournament in 2010.

She 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 ever 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 x.”

Qatar has denied claims that workers have been exploited.

South Korean star Jung Kook, part of the band BTS, is currently the only act confirmed for the opening ceremony.

The likes of Calvin Harris, Sean Paul and Diplo are all set to perform at the Fifa Fan festival, which will take place throughout the course of the tournament.

Elsewhere, comedian Joe Lycett has said he will shred £10,000 (AU$17,529) cash if David Beckham does not pull out of a deal to be an ambassador for the World Cup.

It’s claimed Beckham will earn up £10 million (AU$17,500,000) for doing so.

Lycett also vowed to donate $17,529 to charities supporting gay people in football if Beckham cancelled his deal.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

Story Credit: news.com.au

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