Pop singer Lorde has cancelled an upcoming tour date in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv, citing her support for a boycott of Israel in the wake of its ongoing conflict with Palestine and her strong political views as reasons to pull out of the scheduled concert.
Lorde, a New Zealander who first rose to fame in 2013 after releasing the single “Royals,” claimed that she had received an “overwhelming number of messages & letters” from fans encouraging her to avoid the Tel Aviv leg of her “Melodrama” world tour, which was to take place on June 5.
“I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” she told The Jerusalem Post.
While Lorde said she has always wanted to perform in Tel Aviv, last week she pointed to an open letter written by Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) supporters asking that she refrain from playing in Israel as a key factor that changed her mind.
“Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options,” the singer wrote on Twitter. “Thank u for educating me I am learning all the time too.”
Noted! Been speaking w many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too
Israel Culture Minister Miri Regev expressed optimism that Lorde would change her tune before the summer.
“Lorde, I’m hoping you can be a ‘pure heroine,’ like the title of your first album, be a heroine of pure culture, free from any foreign – and ridiculous – political considerations,” Regev wrote in a statement to The Jerusalem Post.