Joss Stone deported from Iran - leaving Total World Tour one country short
Joss Stone said she has been deported from Iran – after being put on a “black list” by the country’s authorities.
The 32-year-old Right To Be Wrong singer is currently playing what she has called her Total World Tour, attempting to play in every single country in the globe. Iran was her last stop.
But Stone revealed on Instagram that she had been turned away from Iran, “breaking a little piece of my heart”.
The You Had Me singer,, wearing a white lace headscarf in a video posted on Instagram said: “Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported.”
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She appeared to blink back tears as she shook her head and sighed.
Stone said authorities did not believe she would not “be playing a public show” in the country and so had put her on a “black list” by the immigration authorities.
She wrote: “We were aware there couldn’t be a public concert as I am a woman, and that is illegal in this country.
“Personally, I don’t fancy going to an Iranian prison, nor am I trying to change the politics of the countries I visit, nor do I wish to put other people in danger.
“However, it seems the authorities don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show so they have popped us on what they call the ‘blacklist’, as we found out when we turned up to the immigration hall.”
The star, who rose to fame as a teenager, said: “After long discussions with the most friendly, charming and welcoming immigration people, the decision was made to detain us for the night and to deport us in the morning.
“Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far; this moment broke a little piece of my heart.”
The singer added: “We were the ones that should have been apologising for not having our correct paperwork.”
Stone posted images of herself boarding a flight to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, which is an economic free zone that allows travel by all nationalities but can also be a dangerous place for Westerners.
Earlier this year, the singer illegally crossed the border into Syria to perform in the war-torn country, later saying she was “just so glad nothing bad happened”. Later the same month she played in North Korea.