Selena Gomez Reportedly Banned From China After Meeting the Dalai Lama

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Pop artist Selena Gomez is rumored to have been banned from China and forced to cancel her shows following a meeting with one particular person that doesn’t sit well with the Chinese government.

Her concert tour dates for August in the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai were cancelled possibly because of Gomez’s affiliation with the Dalai Lama. The Chinese government has long held a firm stance against the Tibetan spiritual leader.

The exiled Dalai Lama fled into exile in India following an unsuccessful uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. He is known for being a strong proponent of autonomy for Tibet and on his differing views of reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism.


Gomez is believed to have taken a photo with the Dalai Lama two years ago when she and the Tibetan spiritual leader co-hosted a youth empowerment project called We Day in Vancouver, Canada. The then 22-year-old American pop star is shown looking up into the eyes of the Dalai Lama. According to the Daily Mail, she allegedly uploaded the picture with the caption “words of wisdom. #speechless.”


h/t: Shanghaiist

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