Dua Lipa was left "horrified" after hearing that fans were removed from her Shanghai concert for waving LGBTQ + rainbow flags.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa

The 'One Kiss' hitmaker has confirmed the chaos faced by attendees at her show at the National Exhibition and Convention Center on Wednesday night (13.09.18), where concert-goers claimed to have been ejected from the building simply for "standing up" and dancing, and praised them for their "bravery".

The 23-year-old singer says she aims to bring "strength, hope and unity" to her fans through her music, and has promised to return to the country to perform again "when the time is right".

In a statement shared on the singer's social media profiles, she said: "Last night I did it for my fans. A promised show. I stood by them, sang with them and danced with them. I will stand by you all for your love and beliefs and I am proud and grateful that you felt safe enough to show your pride at my show. What you did takes a lot of bravery. I always want my music to bring strength, hope and unity. I was horrified by what happened and I send love to all my fans involved. I would love to come back for my fans when the time is right and hopefully see a room full of rainbows. I love you Shanghai xx (sic)"

The tearful 'One Kiss' singer - who had never performed in the country until this month - was emotional on stage and had told the crowd: "I want to create a really safe environment for us all to have fun.

"I want us all to dance. I want us all to sing. I want us all to just have a really good time."

A mother who attended the gig with her daughter told the BBC that the she witnessed Chinese police being "heavy-handed" and "aggressive" with those they had been removed from the event.

Several of Dua's fans also shared footage of concert-goers being moved on by security on social media.