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Nicki Minaj won’t be bringing her talents to Saudi Arabia as previously planned. The Queens rapper has decided to pull out of a scheduled show due to concerns over human rights violations in the country.

Interestingly, Minaj made the announcement via a statement to the Associated Press, versus the contemporary social media protocol.

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“After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest,” she said in a Tuesday (July 9) 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.

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The change of heart also comes after Human Rights groups called out Minaj, condemning her decision to perform and suggesting she bail.

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Minaj was set to headline Jeddah World Fest, which is alcohol and drug-free, on July 18.

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