08/22/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET
Looks like Avril Lavigne’s Malaysian concert will have a My Happy Ending after all.
After rumors that the conservative Malaysian government banned the scheduled Aug. 29 concert for being “too sexy,” Lavigne told MTV News that the show will definitely go on.
“I’ve actually been approved by the government to play a show,” Lavigne said on Thursday. “I’ve already sold 10,000 tickets there, so I will be going to put a concert on for the fans.”
Addressing concerns over her sexy image, Lavigne says, “They tend to, you know, sometimes not want Western artists in their country. I respect that, but at the same time, you know, there’s people that listen to music there and want to see their idols and stuff, so it’s all good.”
The Malaysian government faced particular pressure from an Islamic opposition party, which cited Lavigne’s racy image and expressed concern that Lavigne’s concert date on her “Best Damn Tour” was scheduled just two days before Malaysia’s upcoming independence day celebrations.
Lavigne is not the first to have a brush with the conservative Malaysian government: Gwen Stefani was forced to cover up her famous midriff in Malaysia last year, and the Pussycat Dolls were fined in 2006 for violating Malaysia’s strict indecency codes.