Ahead of her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this weekend, Madonna has expressed her thoughts on the performance that's causing controversy.
Last month, Roger Waters wrote an open letter in The Guardian calling for Madonna to postpone her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest finals in Tel Aviv. Waters wrote, "If you believe in human rights, Madonna, don’t play Tel Aviv."
Madonna has since confirmed her performance at the contest finals this weekend while speaking to Reuters. Madonna said, "I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda nor will I stop speaking out against violations of human rights wherever in the world they may be."
Expanding on politics, Madonna added, "My heart breaks every time I hear about the innocent lives that are lost in this region and the violence that is so often perpetuated to suit the political goals of people who benefit from this ancient conflict. I hope and pray that we will soon break free from this terrible cycle of destruction and create a new path towards peace."
Wolf Alice, Brian Eno, and many others have also called out for a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in an open letter posted on The Guardian.
The "Medellín" singer is expected to perform two tracks at the finals this weekend. One is reportedly from her highly-anticipated Madame X record arriving next month.