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Selena Gomez reportedly banned from China over 2-year-old Dalai Lama pic

A two-year old photo has come back to haunt Selena Gomez.

Gomez was forced to cancel her tour dates in China because of pictures she took with the Dalai Lama.

The singer is set to kick off her world-wide tour in May and was due to perform in Guangzhou and Shanghai in August as part of her Revival tour. However, those concert dates no longer appear on her official website.

According to the China-based website Shanghaiist.com, those dates were cancelled because of her association with the Tibetan spiritual leader, who fled to India in exile after a failed uprising against the Chinese government in 1959. Because of the photo, the Chinese government reportedly banned Gomez from performing in the country.

Gomez shared the photo in 2012 when she met the religious leader during rehearsals for a “We Day Vancouver” event.

The photo no longer appears on her Instagram account but is still posted on Gomez’s Twitter account.

Gomez has not commented on the supposed ban. Her camp did not return phone calls from Fox News Latino seeking comment. 

If she is prohibited from performing in China because of the photo, Gomez joins a group of select artists who have also been barred from performing there.

Just last year, a Maroon 5 concert in Shanghai was cancelled because band member Jesse Carmichael attended a star-studded event celebrating the Tibetan spiritual leader’s 80’s birthday. A photo of the two was been deleted, but not before the show was scrapped.

According to Shanghiist.com, Bon Jovi’s much anticipated China tour was also canceled while Linkin Park was banned from China for six years after members were photographed with the Dalai Lama.

This is also not the first time a government has prevented Gomez from performing in its country.

The singer was reportedly denied a visa request from Russia where she was slated to perform in St. Petersburg and Moscow in 2013. The country apparently scrapped her show because it was afraid she would speak out against its anti-gay laws.

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