British pop star Rita Ora is facing criticism for flying to Egypt for a concert and then violating the mandatory two-week quarantine upon her return to the United Kingdom.
The “Anywhere” singer flew to Cairo on Nov. 21 to perform at a hotel and returned to the UK the next day. On Nov. 28, Ora attended a birthday party for herself with around 30 guests, the British tabloid The Daily Mail reported on Sunday.
In a statement published by British media today, Ora apologized for flaunting the quarantine rules. She said the Cairo concert was a “corporate event for a private company” and that she tested negative upon her arrival to Egypt, as is required.
The Daily Mail reported that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attended Ora’s concert, citing an unnamed source. The president has not commented on this, however, and there is no other record of his attendance. The Arabic-language Egyptian news outlet Cairo 24 also reported that Sisi attended, but only cited The Daily Mail.