Taylor Swift was welcomed to Brazil on Thursday by a projection that made the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro seem as if it had been clad in a T-shirt just like the one she wore in her “You Belong to Me” music video and was adorned with the names of Brazilian states and symbols from her songs.
However tragedy and hassle have adopted that heat welcome.
A fan died within the sweltering warmth at Friday night time’s present in Rio de Janeiro. On the eleventh hour, Swift postponed her Saturday present till Monday, to the dismay of 1000’s of followers who had already began filling the stadium. The army police stated a fan who was in Rio de Janeiro for the frequently scheduled live performance on Sunday was stabbed to demise earlier that morning.
The fatalities and different issues had been a departure from the triumphant first leg of Swift’s Eras Tour, a career-spanning manufacturing that broke data in North America. Because the tour’s second present in Rio de Janeiro approached on Sunday night time, followers grappled with ruined journey plans, excessive warmth and disappointment.
Anne Di Motta, 30, a psychologist in São Paulo, Brazil, was alleged to attend the Saturday night time present and stated she can be returning residence earlier than the rescheduled live performance on Monday as a result of she needed to work.
“I spent the final 17 years ready for the chance to go, to meet my teenage dream of assembly somebody I’ve recognized since her first single,” Di Motta stated. “And to be sitting three hours in a chair, utterly moist with sweat, having to beat a number of private challenges to be there utterly alone, to obtain the information that it was canceled — it was utterly devastating.”
The Saturday night time present was postponed due to the intense temperatures, Swift stated in an Instagram publish hours earlier than the live performance was supposed to start at an open-air soccer stadium. “The security and well-being of my followers, fellow performers and crew has to and all the time will come first,” she stated.
At that time, 1000’s of followers had traveled to see Swift, enduring the height of the day’s warmth, which reached 93 levels Fahrenheit, or 33 levels Celsius, earlier than they had been requested to go away the venue.
A consultant for Swift didn’t instantly reply to emailed questions concerning the postponement of the Saturday present.
The Rio exhibits got here after Swift carried out in Argentina, the primary cease on the Eras Tour outdoors North America. She needed to transfer one present in Buenos Aires due to a storm. She is scheduled to carry out in São Paulo on Nov. 24, Nov. 25 and Nov. 26, earlier than touring subsequent 12 months to cities throughout South America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Julia Alvarenga, a social media influencer, was within the stadium when the live performance was postponed and stated in a video shared widely online that she had arrived for the present at 11 a.m. “Taylor Swift, I’m sporting a geriatric diaper that doesn’t even shut on me,” Alvarenga stated.
“I purchased water, I purchased a fan, everyone seems to be crying, screaming, so that you present up on this stage!” Alvarenga stated.
Gabriela Werner, 24, a advertising analyst, purchased tickets for every present in Rio and two in São Paulo, and stated she began getting ready for the warmth three months in the past by figuring out in a fitness center with out air-con in the midst of the day. She lives in Porto Alegre, about 700 miles southwest of Rio.
Whereas ready in line for Sunday night time’s live performance, Werner stated the ambiance was a lot calmer than that of the Friday present. “It’s not so sizzling, and everybody’s sort of holding again due to the nights earlier than and every little thing that occurred,” she stated.
She didn’t count on Swift to return to Brazil. “I’m certain she’s traumatized,” Werner stated.
Werner, like many different followers, blamed the Brazilian firm that organized the present, Time for Enjoyable, for the issues. Wadih Damous, the pinnacle of Brazil’s client safety company, stated the federal government would examine Time for Enjoyable. The corporate stated on Saturday that it could add employees, present free water and permit followers to enter the stadium with water and meals.
As crowds left the stadium on Saturday night time, there have been stories of unrest close to the positioning, the police stated.
After Matheus Duarte, 24, a warehouse employee, left the stadium and went to a shopping center close by, he noticed individuals yelling that there was a raid.
“I don’t actually know if it actually occurred, however I noticed determined individuals operating,” Duarte stated. “And as quickly as I noticed it, I began operating alongside and hid in a parking lot.”
On Sunday, the army police stated there had been no stories of robberies or muggings the night time earlier than. However earlier than the live performance on Sunday, a fan in Rio de Janeiro for the live performance was stabbed to demise after an tried theft in Copacabana, the well-known beachside strip, the army police stated. Two males had been arrested, they stated. The fan, Gabriel Mongenot Santana Milhomem Santos, was with pals when he was stabbed, the civil police stated.
Throughout Friday’s present, Ana Clara Benevides, 23, died after dropping consciousness, officers stated. She was pronounced lifeless of cardiac arrest after being taken to a hospital, in line with metropolis officers and the Brazilian firm that organized Swift’s present, Time for Enjoyable.
Benevides, a psychology pupil, had traveled from Rondonópolis, which is about 880 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, for the live performance, O Globo reported. Her pal Emiliane Félix, 22, advised O Globo that Benevides had been sending her pals photographs of her outfits for the live performance “for over a month.”
On X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter, Benevides shared her pleasure concerning the live performance, writing on Nov. 7, “I don’t know what my goal in life might be after I see Taylor.”
Followers on the live performance on Friday complained a couple of lack of water and excessive warmth. The warmth index, a measure of how sizzling the air feels due to humidity, reached 139 levels Fahrenheit, a document for Rio.
In a web based publish, Swift stated she was “devastated” by her fan’s demise. “I’m not going to have the ability to discuss this from stage as a result of I really feel overwhelmed by grief once I even attempt to speak about it,” she stated.
Luiza Guimarães, 33, an economist, stated that she was dissatisfied it took so lengthy for Saturday’s present to be canceled as a result of some followers had been already uncertain if it could go on after Benevides’s demise and had been anxious concerning the warmth. “Actually, the manufacturing of the present was very reckless and every little thing was very poorly managed,” she stated.
Guimarães stated that she doesn’t blame Swift for the issues and that she thought the musician should be “very, very discouraged.”
Reporting was contributed by Genevieve Glatsky in Rio de Janiero and Jack Nicas in Buenos Aires.