After the fans were violently ejected from the gig, Dua, who was visibly crying on stage over the incident, said to the audience: “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.”
She then added: “I would love in these last few songs for us to really, really, really enjoy ourselves. How about that?”
Later Dua posted on Instagram with the following caption, “Last night I did it for my fans. A promised show. I stood by them, sang with them and danced with them. 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. What you did takes a lot of bravery.”
The twenty-three-year-old continued to say, “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. I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows. I love you Shanghai xx.”
Videos have also emerged on Twitter of fans being forcibly removed from the concert for the crime of simply standing up and dancing.
Homosexuality isn’t illegal in China but since President Xi Jinping came to power in November 2012, there has been increased cultural censorship, which has led to a rise in homophobia in China. Human Rights Watch interviewed 17 Chinese LGBT people who said they had been pressured into undergoing conversion therapy because of family and social pressures.
Dua, who has been very vocal in her support of the LGBT community since she smashed into the charts in 2016, has pledged to return to China, “when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows”.