English pop singer and songwriter Dua Lipa, was left “horrified” after some of her fans getting forcibly removed by security from her Shanghai concert. It’s now been reported that the two security guards involved have been detained by police.
Fans on social media claimed they were removed for waving pro-LGBT flags, while others suggested that they were removed for standing and dancing, rather than remaining in their seats.
A video was posted online where security guards are seen dragging fans out of the crowd while Dua Lipa was performing on stage. In the footage, the singer appeared visibly upset at the commotion and was heard talking to the audience.
“I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun.” she said. “I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing. I want us all to just have a really good time.”
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Dua Lipa’s Shanghai show was her second date on her tour of China, and following the incident, the star posted on Twitter that she was “proud” of her fans.
“I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show,” her post reads. “What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved.”
As for touring in China in future, the 23-year-old singer said she would return “when the time is right” and that she hoped to see “a room full of rainbows”, if she were to return again.
Following the incident, the security guards involved have been arrested. Qingpu Police stated on social media that the two guards, 22-year-old Zhu and 20-year-old Nai have each been given a 10-day detention for beating fans.
The concert’s organiser, Live Nation, posted a statement apologising to Dua Lipa’s fans:
“At the start of the show, one fan accidentally fell over and twisted her ankle. Security helped her get medical attention and then made efforts to avoid any other fans getting injured. In doing this, some security guards over-reacted, resulting in physical altercations with fans both inside and outside the venue. The Public Security Bureau has detained these security guards and has ordered the security company to take steps to prevent this occurring again.”
Dua Lipa on the other hand, will be continuing her tour of Asia, and is due to perform in Taipei on Wednesday night, followed by her Saturday night show in Las Vegas at the MGM Resorts Festival Ground.
Story by Emily Clark
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