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Beyoncé’s father defends singer amid Dubai concert


Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, has come to her defense amid a backlash over her concert in Dubai.

The Crazy in Love The singer slammed her for taking millions for her performance in the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality is illegal.

Defending the singer, Knowles praised Beyoncé for “bringing people together from all walks of life” while revealing she was planning a tour.

Although the singer did not perform her songs from the latest Renaissance album, which she dedicated to homosexuals and her uncle Johnny, she is expected to perform the songs from her tour.

“Beyoncé brought together a very diverse crowd with her incredible performance overseas, bringing people together, like she does best,” her dad told TMZ.

“People who weren’t at the show might not understand…she paid tribute and earned the respect of the country, calling it an incredible moment,” he added.

Knowles went on to add that Beyoncé has “always stood for inclusivity and believed that everyone was there for love and she would never do anything to purposefully hurt anyone.”

Beyoncé faced backlash for her performance as fans accused her of “selling out”, arguing that “it’s not like you need the money”.

Bev Jackson, co-founder of British advocacy group LGB Alliance, said the Beautiful Liar singer’s concert in the city “casts a shadow over her support for lesbians and gay people”.

“Beyoncé is a huge icon for many gay people,” Jackson told The Telegraph on Sunday. “LGB Alliance is therefore deeply disappointed that Beyoncé has agreed to perform a lucrative concert in Dubai, where same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offence, potentially punishable by death.”

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