Mel C has been dubbed a “hero” by the LGBTQ+ community after canceling her New Year’s Eve performance in Poland.
The Spice Girl, 48, revealed on Monday evening that she had withdrawn from the performance due to a clash with her personal beliefs.
Although Mel C – whose real name is Melanie Chisholm – did not explicitly state her issues, she said the issues ‘did not align with communities she supports’.
Mel C has long been a vocal LGBT+ ally and was last year even awarded the Ally award at the British LGBT+ Awards for her support.
According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), Poland is the worst-rated EU country for policies affecting LGBT+ people.
The star was praised online after revealing her decision to step back from the concert.
Journalist Owen Jones, wrote underneath Mel’s post: ‘Hero x’
A person with the handle Burcak Music, wrote: ‘The best ally.’
Another person said ‘beaut’ while another wrote ‘sound you Mel.’
Mel had been planning on doing a gig to ring in the new year for the Polish state broadcaster.
Mel took to her Instagram Stories to tell her followers the bad news, without going into too much detail as to why she was no longer willing to perform.
She wrote: ‘In light of some issues that have been brought to my attention, that do not align with the communities I support, I’m afraid I will no longer be able to perform in Poland as planned on New Year’s Eve.’
She added: ‘I hope to be back there very soon. Hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2023.’
It is thought that the issues the singer was referring to as Poland’s record on equality and gay rights.
The country has failed to recognise same-sex marriage, and in some areas Poland has also banned LGBTQ+ gatherings.
Mel C, however, has been a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ+ community in the past, even winning a honorary gay award at the Attitude Awards,
When she performed at Brighton Pride in 2019, she won praise when she took to the stage with a pink, white and blue striped flag.
At the time, she said: ‘I’ve been proudly holding the Pride flag everywhere I go, very proudly.
‘But tonight, I’ve been given by one of my dancers, this very special flag, and I’m going to be holding this tonight when I sing my next song.
‘This is a flag that we don’t see often enough. This is a flag we want to see a lot more of. This is for trans and non-binary [people].’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Mel C for comment.
It comes after her bandmate Victoria Beckham’s husband was hit with a wave of criticism because of his decision to be an ambassador for Qatar during the World Cup, despite the country’s terrible human rights record.
Mel herself said she would never accept such a deal, telling the Daily Mail: ‘Personally, I’m an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and it’s not something I would feel comfortable in doing.
‘People want to go over there and help to make a change. Each to their own, but it would be a no from me if the offer came.’