Artists these days seem to rely on touring more than their record sales, after all, in an era of Spotify and Apple Music, touring is where the money is at.
As you can imagine, when artists go on tour, they tend to stick to the same destinations - usually performing in cities around the US, Canada, and Europe. However, one place that understandably doesn't prove to be a very popular choice for celebs is the middle east.
But, that isn't the case for one singer...
British soul singer, Joss Stone, chose a few, well, unconventional pit-stops for her world tour, with the latest being Iran. But, soon after arriving, the singer announced on her Instagram that she'd been deported. And the post has been met with an influx of confused people who can't believe just how stupid the star has been...
Joss Stone rose to stardom as a teenager.
via: GettyAt just thirteen, Stone appeared on the British talent show, Star for a Night, and she instantly took viewers by storm, something that got her signed on with American record company executive, Steve Greenberg, from S-Curve Records.
Following her talent show fame, naturally, her debut album went down pretty well.
via: GettyIn late 2003, Stone released her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist - seeing her quickly hanging out with a whole host of A-lister pals.
She's performed with some big names in her time.
via: GettyIn 2004 she took to the stage to sing with Blondie frontwoman, Debbie Harry.
But, believe it or not, Stone also brushes shoulders with royalty.And no, we don't mean pop royalty.
The singer is said to be good friends with Prince William and Harry.She's worked on a number of humanitarian projects with the princes and even attended William’s wedding in 2011 as well as, more recently, Harry and Meghan's wedding.
While the singer has enjoyed a lot of success, she's recently been sparking controversy.
The singer has been embarking on quite the unconventional worldwide tour.
She's been keeping fans updated on her whereabouts via her Instagram.
It's clear that, while on her travels, Stone is taking the time to immerse herself in the local culture.
Although she's received criticism for some of the places that she's traveled to.the video, the singer claims that crossing the border was "a little scary;" she clearly does not recognize the gravity of performing in the country.
It all goes downhill from here...
The singer's final stop? Iran.
Yesterday, news surfaced that the star had been deported from the country.
The singer posted this video to her Instagram, looking visibly upset by the news.
via: InstagramAccording to the singer, the authorities didn't believe that she would refrain from performing, despite her claims that she was merely visiting, and didn't intend to put on a show. The singer said that she was already aware that is was illegal, saying "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."
And she's now been blacklisted...In the lengthy Instagram post, the star said: "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."
But she surprisingly had, well, nice things to say about the immigration officers...
via: Instagram"I told them my story and explained my mission to bring good feeling with what I have to give and show those who want to look the positives of our globe, all with the understanding that public performance wasn't an option in this scenario," she wrote in her post. "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."
Stone says that she is "heartbroken" following her deportation.
via: Instagram"Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far, this moment broke a little piece of my heart," she wrote. You have to admit, if you were at your final pit stop of two-hundred destinations, you would be left feeling a bit deflated.
But many people think that she was stupid for going in the first place...People have been slamming the star online.
Others think that her deportation has done Iran a favor...
@SkyNews Good on them. I would deport her, too, if i heard she was planning a concert. Her music is awful!— Jamerton (@Jamerton)1562243074.0