The booking outraged Greek Cypriots in the southern part of the island nation because they felt that performing in the north would be making a political statement in support of the northern regime. The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when it was occupied by Turkey. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey .
The singer faced criticism for the event and a Facebook protest against the concert has over 21,000 members. The concert scheduled for Lopez's 41st birthday, reportedly would have paid $3 million. The hotel owner has said that he will withdraw the suit if Lopez follows through on her obligation.