Rihanna has been taking flak for causing the cancellation of the Lollapalooza Colombia festival, reportedly dropping out over concerns about the Zika virus.
But the 28-year-old pop diva was never actually on the bill.
The singer was previously invited to perform at the festival, but was never available for those dates, an insider told the Daily News.
Organizers announced Friday that they were scrapping Colombia’s inaugural version of Lollapalooza, scheduled for Sept. 17 and 18 in Bogota’s Simón Bolívar Park.
“The organizers wish to express their deep appreciation to all the fans who supposed the festival since day one, as well as the sponsors and the media partners,” reads a statement in Spanish posted Friday on the official website.
Ticket holders are promised a full refund.
Colombia’s RCN Radio reported that Rihanna, a supposed headliner, wouldn’t perform, leaving not enough time to find a replacement of equal star power.
Disclosure, Lana Del Rey and Wiz Khalifa were officially on the Lollapalooza Colombia bill.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel alert to Colombia, the second-hardest hit country by the mosquito-borne Zika Virus behind Brazil.
Zika, which can also be transferred sexually, most often causes a minor flu-like condition and many who contract the virus aren’t even aware they have it. However, it can cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly, abnormally small heads and developmental delays.
But Bogota is 8,500 feet above sea level, making it safe from mosquitoes.