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Selena Gomez denied Russian visa, apparently due to support for gay rights

Selena Gomez was forced to cancel a concert tour through eastern Europe after the Russian government denied her request for a visa.

Selena Gomez denied Russian visa, apparently due to support for gay rights

Selena Gomez, shown here at the MTV Video Music Awards, was denied a visa to perform in Russia.
Selena Gomez, shown here at the MTV Video Music Awards, was denied a visa to perform in Russia.

Selena Gomez was forced to cancel a concert tour through eastern Europe after the Russian government denied her request for a visa. It is believed that Gomez’s support for gay marriage could be the reason behind the ban in Russia, where a controversial new law forbids "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors.

The “Come and Get It” singer, and on-again-off-again girlfriend of Justin Bieber, apparently fell victim to a strict new visa process enacted after Lady Gaga and Madonna spoke out in favor of gay rights in Russia last year.

A representative for the pop star confirmed to E! News that Gomez would not be making the trip, effectively cancelling performances in Minsk, Belarus on Thursday and in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 21. Her Russian leg was to include stops in St. Petersburg on Sept. 23 and Moscow on Sept. 25.

This controversy is hardly the first between the Russian government and an American musical act. In August, Philadelphia-area band the Bloodhound Gang was deported for defacing the Russian flag on stage during a festival in Odessa, Ukraine.

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