Despite selling out 52,000 tickets, Lady Gaga won’t be taking the stage on June 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia after threats from Islamic extremists threw her planned “Born This Way Ball” performance into disarray.
Local police refused to give Gaga a concert permit for two weeks ahead of the show out of security concerns. Indonesian officials did say they would grant her a permit, though, if she toned down her outfits and her message. But, reports the Wall Street Journal, it was Gaga’s side that pulled the plug in the end.
“With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga’s side is calling off the concert,” says Minola Sebayang, a lawyer for the Indonesian concert promoter who would have put on the show. “This is not only about Lady Gaga’s security, but extends to those who will be watching her.”
“We had to cancel the concert in Indonesia,” Gaga says in a tweet posted after the cancellation was announced. “I’m so very sorry to the fans & just as devastated as you if not more. You are everything to me.”
She adds: “I will try to put together something special for you. My love for Indonesia has only grown. #GagaSendsLoveToJakarta and all its people.”