Nicki Minaj has canceled her concert in Saudi Arabia in a show of solidarity over the country's reported restrictive women's rights - and for fears of ending up in jail.
"After careful reflection I have decided to no longer move forward with my scheduled concert at Jeddah World Fest," said in a statement to The Associated Press.
"While I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia, after better educating myself on the issues, I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression."
Nicki was slated to headline the Jeddah World Festival next week.
Her decision to pull out of the festival was praised by the president of the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen, who released a statement:
"We are grateful to Nicki Minaj for her inspiring and thoughtful decision to reject the Saudi regime's transparent attempt at using her for a public relations stunt. Minaj's moral stance differs from celebrity performers like J-Lo and Mariah Carey who in the past have chosen to line their pockets with millions of dollars and stand with dictatorial governments as opposed to with oppressed communities and imprisoned human rights activists."
Nicki then went on to explain an incident in Jamaica:
"I performed in Jamaica before & when i got off the stage I was surrounded by police with guns drawn. They were ready 2 take me to jail b/c they said I forgot to bleep a couple curses.... I could make one mistake & go to jail in a diff country where women have no rights. #FreeAsap," she wrote.
She faced some backlash for her comments, as the country has strict rules about cursing on stage - and many male performers have found themselves behind bars for the same thing.