Singer cites 'family emergency' for the withdrawal
Katy Perry has pulled out of a concert in China due to a “family emergency”.
The singer was due to appear in Shenzhen for the annual Singles’ Day launch event last night (November 10), which is sponsored by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, to kick off the country’s largest online shopping day of the year.
“Regretfully, I must cancel my appearance on the Alibaba Double 11 due to a family emergency,” Perry said in a message to her fans on Chinese social network Weibo. “I am very sorry to disappoint my fans and look forward to seeing you in China soon.”
“Alibaba and all her fans in China are naturally very disappointed,” Alibaba representatives said in a statement to Billboard. “We would like to send Katy our best wishes at this difficult time, and hope that we can see her in China soon.”
Perry was billed as the “global ambassador” at the event and was to set appear alongside OneRepublic and retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, as well as popular Chinese girl band SNH48.
Despite her withdrawal, David Beckham stepped in to appear at the event instead with his wife Victoria, although neither of them sang.
Earlier this week, Perry admitted that her religious parents voted for Donald Trump.
Billionaire TV personality-turned-Republican candidate Trump took the US presidency after a series of victories over rival Hillary
Clinton. Trump had won several “swing states”, including Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina, allowing him to reach the 270 electoral college votes needed to ensure victory.
Speaking at a Clinton rally, Perry took to the stage to give a speech and said: “Tonight, my parents voted for Trump. But you know what?
“We will still all be sitting at the same table for Thanksgiving. And this is the moment we need to remember that we all love our parents, and we all love our children.”
Perry’s parents are born again Christians. The singer herself started her career as a Christian rock singer.
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Perry had long been an active campaigner for the Democratic party, having joined Clinton on her campaign trail in Iowa and performed at the Democrat National Convention in July. She also recently dressed up as Hillary Clinton for Halloween.