Maluma, the Colombian singer behind the World Cup anthem, LEAVES A TV INTERVIEW because he is accused of “laundering” human rights abuses in Qatar
- Maluma was asked if his stay in Qatar was a “laundering” of human rights abuses
- The reporter Moav Vardi asked if Maluma had a problem with the rapes in Qatar
- The singer assured that he was at the World Cup to “enjoy life” and “the football party”
- When questioned about the laundering, he called the reporter “rude” and stormed out.
- Maluma appears in the World Cup anthem along with Nicki Minaj and Myriam Fares
Colombian singer Maluma, who sings the official World Cup anthem, stormed out of an interview on Israeli television after being accused of “whitewashing” human rights abuses in Qatar.
During a BBC Broadcast on Israeli public television, the 28-year-old singer was asked: ‘Don’t you have a problem with human rights violations in this country?’
Maluma, whose real name is Juan Luis Londoño Arias, responded by saying that it was something that he could not solve and that he was only there to “enjoy the football party.”
After being asked by reporter Moav Vardi if his presence at the tournament was “helping cover up” human rights abuses, the singer called the reporter rude and stormed off.
The star appears alongside Lebanese singer Mryiam Fares and Nicki Minaj in the official FIFA World Cup Qatar anthem called Tukoh Taka.
During a BBC broadcast to Israeli public television, reporter Moav Vardi (left) asked Maluma (right): ‘Don’t you have a problem with human rights violations in this country?’
In the interview clip, Maluma is asked: ‘Shakira and Dua Lipa refused to participate in this World Cup due to Qatar’s poor record on human rights.
‘Obviously people think what, Maluma, don’t you have a problem with human rights violations in this country?’
The star replies: ‘Yes, but it’s something I can’t figure out. I only came here to enjoy life, enjoy football, the football party.
‘It’s not really something I have to be involved in.
‘I’m here enjoying my music and the beautiful life playing football too.’
After being asked if his presence at the tournament was “helping to cover up” human rights abuses, the singer called the reporter rude and stormed out.
Maluma stormed out of an interview on Israeli television after being accused of ‘whitewashing’ human rights abuses in Qatar
After Maluma asked if he had to answer the ‘laundering’ question, you can hear people talking in the background, but you can’t understand what is being said.
Maluma then says ‘We don’t do that’ as he gets up to leave the interview and calls the reporter ‘rude’.
In response, Vardi asks: ‘Am I rude? Why am I rude Maluma? This is what people say, this is what people think.’
The singer, who has a girlfriend named Susana Gomez, is seen partying in the desert with Minaj and Fares in the World Cup anthem video.
The singer, who has a girlfriend named Susana Gomez (pictured), appears alongside Lebanese singer Myriam Fares and Nicki Minaj in the official FIFA World Cup Qatar anthem called Tukoh Taka.
Mulama collaborated with American singer Madonna in 2019 on a track called Medellín
The Colombian singer also appeared alongside Jennifer Lopez in the 2022 film Marry Me.
In the song’s music video, Minaj arrives on a bus packed with revelers before Fares and Maluma are later joined.
Maluma previously recorded a song for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In 2019, he appeared in a collaboration with Madonna, voiced the character Mariano in the 2021 Disney film Enchantment, and appears opposite Jennifer Lopez in the 2022 film Marry Me.
Other artists such as Dua Lipa and Rod Stewart declined the invitation to perform, citing human rights violations in the country.