Looks like Katy Perry will not be able to perform at this year Victoria’s Show in China.
According to Page Six, the ‘Chained to the Rhythm’ hitmaker has reportedly been banned from China along with a host of top models, including Gigi Hadid, after being booked in advance for Monday’s big event.
The 33-year-old musician had initially been informed she’d be able to gain access but the decision was changed when the government found out about her 2015 performance in Taipei, Taiwan, in which she wore a bright glittery dress adorned with sunflowers, sparking outrage because the flower had been adopted as an emblem of anti-China protesters.
Katy also waved a Taiwanese flag during the gig to show her support for the country, which has spent years at war with China over its independence.
According to sources she did try to apply for a visa to enter the nation, but was denied by Chinese officials.
“She was initially granted a visa to perform at the VS show in Shanghai, then Chinese officials changed their minds and yanked her visa,” noted the source.
Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret angel Gigi Hadid pulled out of the show with no explanation, and sources told the publication she had also been refused a visa, pointing to an Instagram video posted and subsequently deleted in February which had been deemed offensive.
The video showed the model holding up a Buddha-shaped biscuit and blinking her eyes to imitate the religious figure.
Some of Victoria’s Secret’s biggest names have been denied entry to China, in addition to lesser-known models, such as Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova.