American singer and actress Selena Gomez was recently forced to cancel a couple of concert dates in eastern Europe, after the Russian authorities declined to issue visa to the young pop star. The ‘Slow Down’ singer was supposed to perform in Minsk, Belarus on September 19, 2013 and in Kiev, Ukraine on September 21, 2013.
Gomez was also supposed to travel to Russia for two performances in St. Petersburg on September 23, 2013 and Moscow on September 25, 2013. Unfortunately, all of the pop star’s concerts have been erased from her schedule. The organizers are said to believe that Gomez – who is a supporter of gay rights – fell victim to a new law in Russia which prevents “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors.
Reports have said that the visa process for international stars has become more strict in Russia ever since pop icons Madonna and Lady Gaga spoke in favor of gay rights there in 2012. A representative for the ‘Come and Get It’ singer said that the star will not be traveling to Russia.
It is still unknown whether the pop star’s visa-related issues extended to the Ukraine and Belarus governments. The news of the ‘Love You Like a Love Song’ singer’s concert being cancelled in Minsk left many fans devastated and distraught.
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