Beyoncé's dad defends her performance in Dubai following backlash from LGBTQ+ community

Beyoncé's dad defends Dubai show following backlash from LGBTQ+ community

Beyoncé's dad has come to her defence, saying she would “never do something to deliberately hurt someone”.

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Beyoncé Knowles found herself in hot water over the weekend after her performance in Dubai. 

The singer performed for the opening of the new Atlantis resort. She reportedly got paid $24-million (more than R400-million) for the 90-minute gig. 

Although Beyoncé enjoyed a successful show, some of her fans from the the LGBTQ+ community were not happy with the star choosing to perform in a homophobic country where it is illegal to be openly gay. 

Some of her fans said she sold out the community because of the money she was being paid. 

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However, her father came to her defence. 

Speaking to TMZ, Matthew Knowles said his daughter would not do anything to deliberately hurt someone. 

He insisted that Beyonce always stood for inclusiveness.

The former music executive added that those who came to the show were there for love and the show united 'a really diverse crowd'. 

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Some of Beyoncé's fans questioned why she did not perform any of the songs from her new album, 'Renaissance'. 

Her father answered by saying the star is planning a tour which she will reveal details about at a later stage. 

Previously, Beyoncé said the album is a tribute to her gay uncle Johnny, who suffered from HIV. 

"A big thank you to my Uncle Jonny. He was my godmother and the first person to expose me to a lot of the music and culture that serve as inspiration for this album," she said in a statement posted on her website after the release of the new album. 

In a separate interview during her 2019 GLAAD Media Awards acceptance speech, Beyoncé highlighted the need to recognise gay rights. 

"He [uncle Johnny] was brave and unapologetic during a time when this country wasn't as accepting. Witnessing his battle with HIV was one of the most painful experiences I've ever lived. I'm hopeful that his struggles serve to open pathways for other young people to live more freely. LGBTQI rights are human rights," she said. 

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Image courtesy of Instagram. 

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