Joss Stone Deported From Iran Because Officials Were Terrified She Might Try to Sing

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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…

At 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.

In 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.

In 2004 she took to the stage to sing with Blondie frontwoman, Debbie Harry.

And no, we don’t mean pop royalty.  

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.  

People aren’t happy with the star, and it’s all been set off by her world tour.

The singer has been embarking on quite the unconventional worldwide tour.

She’s made it her mission to sing in every country in the world, in a tour that she’s named “Total World Tour.” It’s a pretty bold move, after all, it amounts to a lot of countries and a heck of a lot of shows…

As well as the more generic locations, she’s taken on the likes of Fiji, Barbados, and Turkmenistan, to name a few.  

If her videos are anything to go by, she seems to genuinely be enjoying herself.

Most notably, Syria. Yes, you read that correctly. The singer bizarrely took to the war-torn country to perform a gig to an audience of seventy, posting a video while she was there to her Instagram. In 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.  

People were understandably confused as to why she would put her life at risk to travel to such an unsafe place, just to perform a few songs. But, when the singer traveled to her final destination, something went very wrong…

On Wednesday, the star posted this video to Instagram, showing her boarding a “Turkish Air” flight to her final pit-stop of the Total World Tour, Iran. Although, it didn’t exactly go according to plan.

Apparently, there is a strict ban on solo female artists performing in the region.

According 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.”  

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…

“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.”  

“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.

People have been slamming the star online.

Some people clearly saw the funny side, taking to Twitter to mock the singer’s “awful” music.

Attempting to travel to 200 countries is a pretty big achievement, though we don’t expect that there will be many other celebs rushing to follow suit.