Famous singer Demi Lovato has admitted that she was given trip to Israel in exchange for number of positive posts about the apartheid country.
Lovato made series of positive posts on social media from apartheid Israel, celebrating her experiences there, but immediately, she was criticised for legitimising an apartheid state.
She posted an apology, which was deleted quickly, admitting that she had accepted “a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts.”
A week later, we are still not sure exactly who Lovato was referring to. Ynet’s originally reported that she was paid $150,000 to attend the trip, with a third of it covered by the Israeli government.
That piece was later edited to reflect the fact that Lovato did not actually receive any money for visiting, but that the trip cost $150,000 overall.
Spokesman of Israeli Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs Moish Yaul said that the state contributed about $57,000 towards the tripand the rest was provided by private donors.
Last Friday, Lovato’s mom took to social media to defend her daughter’s trip, which she accompanied her on.
“Praying at the Western Wall with my beautiful daughter in the Old City of Jerusalem was the highlight of my trip to Israel,” she wrote on Instagram.
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