Belfast Telegraph

Beyonce donated Gaddafi gig cash

Beyonce has revealed she donated money she received for performing for the Gaddafi clan to Haiti relief efforts more than a year ago.

The Crazy in Love singer made the announcement in a statement just days after singer Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had got 1 million dollars from the Libyan leader's family to perform in Italy in 2007.

Beyonce's publicist said the star performed at a private party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts on New Year's Eve in 2009. Once it was revealed that the performance was linked to the Gaddafi family, she gave the money and commissions to earthquake relief in Haiti.

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey says she wasn't unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gaddafi clan - and she's embarrassed about it.

In a statement, the singer claims she was naive about the booking of the performance and feels "horrible and embarrassed". But she adds that performers must bear responsibility and be aware of who they are performing for.

A representative for Mariah says the Hero singer is donating the proceeds of a new song she wrote for her upcoming album to organisations to raise awareness for human rights.

Meanwhile Nelly, who shot to fame in 2000 with the hit song I'm Like a Bird, said she was donating her gig money to charity.

Colonel Gaddafi is currently being investigated for possible war crimes.


From Belfast Telegraph