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Dua Lipa fans removed from China gig over 'LGBT flags'

By Ajay Nair, news reporter
Pop star Dua Lipa says she is "horrified" after some of her fans were forcibly removed from her show in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
Some social media users claimed the concertgoers were removed for waving pro-LGBT flags, while others suggested they were ejected because they were standing and dancing and not remaining in their seats.Video posted online showed security guards dragging fans out of the crowd while the New Rules singer was performing on stage.In fan footage, the British singer appeared visibly upset and was heard addressing the audience.She said: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun. I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing. I want us all to just have a really good time."
Shanghai ? pic.twitter.com/mxLHxj2Y3y— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) September 13, 2018
Following the show, which was her second and last date on her tour of China, the 23-year-old 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," she wrote."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."
She said she would return to China "when the time is right" and that she hoped to see "a room full of rainbows".It comes after fans speculated as to why those at the concert had been ejected.
Dua Lipa fans removed from China gig over 'LGBT flags'

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Dua Lipa said she was 'proud' of her fans. File pic
"At @DUALIPA 's shanghai tour, few people been kicked out by the safeguard because they're waving Rainbow Flag #Dualipa #LGBT," wrote one Twitter user.Another wrote: "It was because ppl were required to sit on their seats instead of standing up. The fans who were dragged out refused to sit down."
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Homosexuality is not illegal in China despite recent anti-LGBT trends.Social network Weibo had recently planned to crackdown on content related to gay issues. However in April, it halted its plans following a social media backlash.
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