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Lana Del Rey Defends Her Decision to Perform in Israel in a Statement

Lana Del Rey Defends Her Decision to Perform in Israel in a Statement

Lana Del Rey is speaking out after being criticized for an upcoming performance in Israel.

The 33-year-old Lust For Life singer issued a statement via social media on Sunday (August 19) to explain her decision.

“I understand many of u are upset that we’re going to Tel Aviv for the Meteor festival…what I can tell you is I believe music is universal and should be used to bring us together,” she began.

“I would like to remind you that performing in Tel Aviv is not a political statement or a commitment to the politics there just as singing here in California doesn’t mean my views are in alignment w my current governments opinions or sometimes inhuman actions,” she wrote.

“I”m a simple singer, i’m doing my best to navigate the waters of the constant tumultous hardships in the war-torn countries all over the world that I travel through monthly. For the record I’m doing the best I can and my intentions are better than most peoples that I know.”

See her full statement below.

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  • Utope

    Wow, really? But it’s ok for artists, like Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran to perform in Dubai, with its human rights abuses, especially as it concerns foreign laborers. No outcry from the hyocritical extreme left then. Look up the 2009 documentary “Slaves of Dubai”. Some female foreign labourers are even trafficked into sexual slavery there, but let’s turn a blind eye to that, right. #Doublestandard

  • Conte435

    The only democratic country in the Middle East is the one they boycott, left is insane and they are trying to bring the rest of us with them.
    She panders to the left, so who gives to shit about her and one tune music.