“That is why I am writing to you with a plea: cancel your December 5 performance in Saudi Arabia,” Hatice Cengiz wrote on Saturday. “This is a unique opportunity to send a powerful message to the world that his name and talent will not be used to restore the reputation of a regime that kills its critics.”
Bieber will headline the Saudi Arabian Formula One race in December, alongside artists such as ASAP Rocky, David Guetta and Jason Derulo at the inaugural Jeddah Grand Prix.
Cengiz urged Bieber to remember that he is acting at the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s own crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
“Nothing of importance happens in Saudi Arabia without their consent, and it is certainly not as important and eye-catching an event as this,” Cengiz wrote. “Your face even appears on the event website with … my fiancé’s executioner, Jamal.”
Cengiz is not the only one to criticize the F1 race.
“If you refuse to be an MBS pawn, your message will be loud and clear: I am not acting for dictators,” Cengiz wrote. “I choose justice and freedom over money.”