Billboard is reporting that the singer had to cancel her concerts in Belarus in Friday as well as additional stops in Ukraine, along with the entire Russian leg of her “Star Dance” tour.
Although this rumor has yet to be confirmed, Gomez’s rep did confirm to E! News that she would not be headed to Russia for concert stops in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and the concert dates have been removed from her tour website.
Promoters for the Russian concerts told the “Moscow Times” on September 19 that 21-year-old singer was denied her visa request, and that organizers believe it was due to Russia’s anti-gay laws, which limit travel and bar “propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships” to minors.
RIA Novosti reported that this move comes in response to Madonna and Lady Gaga’s visits to Russia last year, where both openly supported the nation’s gay communities.
"Russian officials are undoubtedly anxious to avoid a repeat of recent concerts by fellow pop superstars Madonna and Lady Gaga, both of whom violated laws banning so-called 'gay propaganda' by making statements in favor of LGBT rights," wrote John Becker on Thursday, who launched a petition of Change.org for Gomez to stand up for Russia’s LGBT community while she was in Russia.
"The Russian government is clearly on edge and aware of the bruising its reputation has taken in the wake of their anti-LGBT crackdown," he added.
Selena Gomez reportedly denied entry to Russia because of LGBT support