Iggy Azalea Cancels Performance at Pittsburgh Pride Over Homophobia Criticism

Rapper’s action comes after past remarks prompt LGBT groups to drop out of event in protest

Last Updated: June 9, 2015 @ 1:04 PM

Iggy Azalea has canceled her scheduled June 13 performance at Pittsburgh Pride after receiving criticism for some past remarks that were deemed homophobic.

The rapper posted a note on her Twitter account announcing her withdrawal from the event, saying she did not wish her presence to “distract from the true purpose of the event.”

“I am truly disappointed that I have to share this news, but I will no longer be performing at Pittsburgh Pride on June 13,” the rapper wrote in the post.

The cancellation comes after several LGBT groups dropped out of the event to protest her participation.

“I am a firm believer in equality. Unfortunately in the past as a young person, I used words I should not have,” she wrote. “The last thing I want is for something so carelessly said to be interpreted as reflected of my character.”

Just last month, the rapper canceled her “Great Escape” tour, claiming a “creative change of heart,” after months of reports of backstage turmoil.

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