Hasbulla will not be posing with female fans on his upcoming tour due to his ‘personal and cultural beliefs’.
The social media sensation is heading to Australia where he’s set to take part in a series of meet and greets. However, his tour manager has revealed that he won’t be posing with female fans – in keeping with his beliefs.
In a statement, the Hour Group said: “The Hour Group confirms that due to Hasbulla’s personal and cultural beliefs, he regrettably cannot take photos with female guests.
"To our female guests, if you would like to attend [the tour's official] meet and greet with Hasbulla, you are welcome to do so, but please acknowledge the limitations of photography.
"We understand the disappointment this creates. However, we respectfully acknowledge the cultural and personal beliefs of Hasbulla and have to accommodate his requests accordingly.”
CEO of The Hour Group Chris Tamplin told the Sydney Morning Herald that the response to the tour has been overwhelming.
“We’ve brought the likes of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal out here, and yet we’ve never had a response like this,” he said.
Tamplin added: “Hasbulla is quite unique, his personality is so infectious, and when he laughs, you can’t help but laugh along.”
Tamplin also confirmed that while Hasbulla doesn’t speak English he will be accompanied by a translator during the tour.
Hasbulla has said he’s excited about heading Down Under and hopes to see a kangaroo.
The 19-year-old told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I come from a tiny town in Russia, so I am looking forward to experiencing a different culture.
“I also know there are kangaroos, and when I come to Australia, I would like to meet them and also visit iconic places like Bondi Beach.”
As you can imagine, Aussie fans of the social media star are pretty excited about the upcoming tour, with one saying: “Hasbulla coming to Australia has made my day.”
Another said: “You’re kidding Hasbulla is coming to Australia?! I need to see him.”
While someone else said: “OMG the man the myth the LEGEND.”
Hasbulla, from Dagestan, in Russia, found fame back in November 2020 and currently has more than two million followers on Instagram.
If you happen to be in Australia and fancy meeting Hasbulla for yourself, he will be in Sydney on August 29 and 30, before flying to Melbourne for August 31 and September 1.
Words by Claire Reid.
Featured Image Credit: Hasbulla/Instagram