Widespread reports claim Chinese authorities denied the singer's visa application following her controversial behaviour at a 2015 concert in Taiwan.
But the show must go on! Page Six is reporting that Katy Perry won't be performing in the show because she couldn't get a visa to China. Perry slipped into a sparkling chartreuse dress dotted with sunflowers, just one of the array of technicolor looks she's brought on her Prismatic tour, and performed in front of a microphone stand in the shape of a giant sunflower.
'For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country, ' a source told the publication. And Katy also waved a Taiwanese flag during the gig to show her support for the country, which has spent years at war with China over its independence. Her performance at a concert in Taiwan in which she wore the Taiwanese flag also created an outrage.
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Some of Victoria's Secret's biggest names have been denied entry to China, in addition to lesser-known models, such as Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova. Observers were quick to call out her offensive gesture, and the post was promptly deleted.
Model Adriana Lima's visa has been held up due to an ongoing "diplomatic problem".
Insiders with the show say the Chinese government is firmly to blame for turning the show into an global media disaster and coordinators are "on the verge of nervous breakdowns".
Victoria's Secret announced-with great fanfare-that its annual fashion show would take place in Shanghai this year.
Perry's rep did not comment when reached by Page Six.