Ellie Goulding boycotts Putin over anti-gay laws

Ellie Goulding has said she will refuse to perform for President Putin in protest at Russia’s anti-gay laws.

The chart-topping singer said she would follow the example set by Cher, who rejected an approach to perform at the opening ceremony for the Sochi Winter Olympics next week as a protest against legislation which makes it illegal to teach under-18s about homosexuality.

Goulding, who has sold 5 million albums, told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s probably a ‘no’ for Russia.”

The “Burn” singer said she supported Cher, who turned down a request to open the Games saying: “I immediately said no. I want to know why all of this gay hate just exploded over there.”

The Herefordshire singer, 27, previously expressed her support for Pussy Riot, the Russian punk group jailed two years ago on hooliganism charges. Their jail sentence was “insanity”, Ms Goulding tweeted at the time.

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