Rihanna Asked To Leave Mosque Following Abu Dhabi Photoshoot

The singer is no stranger to headlines, but her most recent run-in is a little more serious. Here's what happened...

Rihanna is no stranger to controversial headlines, but her latest antics have landed her in a little more trouble than usual.

The singer was asked to leave a mosque in Abu Dhabi after posing for ‘inappropriate’ pictures outside the sacred centre.

While Rihanna wore a black jumpsuit and headscarf, keeping her entire body covered, her photoshoot was called to a halt by authorities and the singer was asked to leave the religious complex. She’d already tweeted several pictures from her impromptu photoshoot and shared a number of snaps on her personal Instagram feed.

A statement from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre said she was asked to leave after ‘inappropriate pictures’ were taken. He added that the photos ‘did not comply with terms and conditions’ of organised visits. Eek.

A spokesperson for the mosque tells BBC News that Rihanna arrived at an entrance that wasn’t designated for visitors, saying: ‘She was confronted by the mosque officials and directed to the appropriate entrance to the mosque, to carry out a visit under the normal conditions.’

They added that the 25-year-old, who was in the city to perform a concert, arrived for her photoshoot without any previous co-ordination with the administration, while some are saying that the pictures could have been too suggestive.


Rihanna has yet to comment on the awkward altercation, but she’s now moved on to Greece, where we can expect plenty more shots and selfies from the local sights. Yesterday, the singer shared a series of snaps in which she was modelling her latest drop for River Island.

Oh, Ri-Ri.

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