Katy Perry will no longer be heading a kick-off concert for Alibaba’s Singles Day in China on Friday.
The 32-year-old ‘Rise’ singer has issued an apology to her fans on Weibo on Wednesday, saying ‘Regretfully, I must cancel my appearance on the Alibaba Double 11 due to a family emergency,” Perry told her followers. “I am very sorry to disappoint my fans and look forward to seeing you in China soon.”
David Beckham will be taking the place of Perry on tour.
Perry was named as a ‘global ambassador’ for the company back in October and was set to appear in Shenzhen alongside NBA player Kobe Bryant and the band OneRepublic at the company’s gala.
Singles Day is an online shopping event in China; it is expected that billions will be spent on the website within 24 hours, which is far more than the USA’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s combined.
It’s been a tough week for Perry. The singer had been campaigning hard for Hillary Clinton in the election, which of course, ended up losing.
Perry went on to say that her parents had voted for Trump but ‘’We will still all be sitting at the same table for Thanksgiving. And this is the moment we need to remember that we all love our parents, and we all love our children, and I can rest easy knowing that both of my young nieces at home will never see themselves less than equal, anything other than equal,” she said. “So, remember: Today is not just a finish line.”
Perry was also scheduled to appear as part of Stephen Colbert’s live Showtime election special that evening. However, a source told Billboard that the “Roar” singer’s segment was pre-taped. After the election results were in, however, the TV special’s producers decide not to air the bit.