Earlier this month, Dua Lipa cancelled dates in Australia with Bruno Mars to undergo emergency dental surgery.
“I’m so sorry to have to cancel some of my support shows with Bruno,” she told fans in a statement. “I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have to have them imminently removed.”
However, after her explosive performance on US TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live was aired earlier this week, Australian journalist Richard Wilkins used this as evidence that Lipa had not been entirely honest about her surgery.
“Well get this — she was supposed to be in Australia opening up for Bruno Mars at his 24 Karat world tour, and had to cancel due to having her wisdom teeth out,” he said on Channel 9 News. “But here she is on Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Lipa then took to Twitter to hit back at Wilkins with a photo of her swollen mouth, telling him: “If you were a good journalist you would’ve done proper research instead of talking out of your ass. Jimmy Kimmel was shot in Feb in La and aired yesterday. I’ve been in Australia on bed rest and wouldn’t have cancelled my Bruno shows if I didn’t have to.”
Wilkins soon apologised, admitting that he believed the show to in fact be live:
Sincere apologies @DUALIPA. Didn't mean to misinform. Assumed you were live with Jimmy K. your fans and my son have severely castigated me!
— Richard Wilkins (@RichardWilkins) March 21, 2018
“They were sending me snake emojis for, like, three days straight,” said Lipa. “They’re like, ‘I hope you die.’ I’m like, ‘Yo! I literally didn’t say anything’”
Dua Lipa tour dates and tickets
Dua Lipa’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
Monday 9 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Tuesday 10 – DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Thursday 12 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Saturday 14 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sunday 15 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Tuesday 17 – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
Wednesday 18 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Friday 20 – LONDON Alexandra Palace