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There's "No Truth" To Those Reports That Taylor Swift's Mother Won't Let Her Play Brazil

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a representative for Swift denied a viral story that the singer avoids "third-world countries" on the advice of her mother.

Posted on February 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Taylor Swift isn't boycotting Brazil.

A spokesperson for the international pop star told BuzzFeed News Tuesday that "there is absolutely no truth" to reports that Swift has declined invitations to play concerts in Brazil because her mother won't let her perform in "third world countries."

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The story originated with an unsourced quote in a story reported by the Brazilian news network Globo and exploded on social media shortly after.

Globo / Via oglobo.globo.com

"Mãe de Taylor Swift" was trending worldwide after the story broke.

'Mãe de Taylor Swift proíbe cantora de sair de casa sem antes arrumar aquele chiqueiro que você chama de quarto'

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'Mãe de Taylor Swift proíbe cantora de sair de casa sem antes arrumar aquele chiqueiro que você chama de quarto'

12:07 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mãe da Taylor Swift proíbe ela de vir ao Brasil porque é "país de terceiro mundo" e o Bieber que é o mimado...

05 days b-day Bieber@BelianeviniciusFollow

Mãe da Taylor Swift proíbe ela de vir ao Brasil porque é "país de terceiro mundo" e o Bieber que é o mimado...

8:32 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Mãe de Taylor Swift is trending worldwide! Taylor's mom shouldn't have made that comment about not letting her tour 3rd world countries

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Mãe de Taylor Swift is trending worldwide! Taylor's mom shouldn't have made that comment about not letting her tour 3rd world countries

12:28 PM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

While the singer has never toured South America, she did visit Brazil to perform a private showcase in Rio de Janeiro back in 2012.

Taylor Swift / Via taylorswift.com

Her family has ties to Latin America: her maternal grandmother Marjorie Finlay was an internationally known opera star who hosted a television show in Puerto Rico and mother Andrea was born in Venezuela.

Swift made her affection for the country clear on social media after her Rio concert less than three years ago.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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