M.I.A. claims her beliefs cost her losing thousands of fans and a career setback

Rapper M.I.A. noted that she faced a serious career setback when she posted a tweet professing her faith and asserting that “Jesus is real,” and that this statement generated more negative reactions than any other statement she has made.

“The fact that the biggest reaction of my career and my life has been to say that Jesus is real is a revelation to me. The people who control these apps would rather me be a bad girl than a good one,” the British artist shared on Twitter.

She converted to Christianity after a supernatural encounter

M.I.A., whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam, told an Apple Music editor that she became a born-again Christian after having a supernatural encounter. She claimed she saw a “vision of Jesus Christ” that “turned her world upside down,” according to the Christian Post.

The rapper claims she was raised Hindu and thought of Jesus as a “silly story” before this experience. M.I.A. has long been embroiled in scandals: in 2006 she was banned from entering the United States for her alleged support of a terrorist group, and she settled an issue with the NFL in 2012 after she showed the cameras her middle finger during halftime of the Super Bowl.

Her faith has made her a new person, but with fewer followers

M.I.A. commented that she knew she would lose a lot of fans after going public with her Christian faith: “Basically, all my fans might turn against me because they’re all progressives who hate people who believe in Jesus Christ in this country.”

“Even if it costs me my career, I will not lie. I’m going to tell the truth, and I’m going to say what’s on my mind and in my heart. If I come back now saying ‘Jesus is real,’ it will be for a reason,” he added.

“I’m still working out what it all means,” he admitted. “At the moment, I feel I have to stick to what I’ve always been, which is to tell the truth. This experience happened. And I have to tell the truth about it.”

“And right now I think the one clear thing I can say is that even when I didn’t believe in Jesus Christ or Christianity, and even when I was 100 percent comfortable in Hinduism, it was a Christian God who showed up to save me. And I think there is some truth to that,” she told Relevant.