With the current uprising in Libya against leader Muammar Gaddafi, Nelly Furtado is washing her hands clean of blood money. The Canadian songbird reveals that the dictator paid her $1 million to perform in Italy back in 2007, but she will be donating the sum to charity.
“In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $,” shared Nelly.
She isn’t the only artist who accepted money to perform for Gaddafi. Over the past few years, Mariah Carey, Usher, Beyoncé, and Lionel Richie have entertained members of his family, with Mimi reportedly taking a $1 million payout to perform four songs at a 2010 New Year’s party in St. Barts.
Furtado, who most recently released her greatest hits package The Best of Nelly Furtado, has enlisted Nas for a new track from her upcoming fifth album Lifestyle, due later this year.