British singer Joss Stone says she has been deported from Iran because authorities believed she was attempting to play an unsanctioned concert in the country, which prohibits female musicians performing in public. We got detained and then we got deported, the 32-year-old said in an Instagram video, while dressed in a white headscarf. She says she was on a blacklist and that the authorities don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show on what would have been the final leg of her world tour.
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 said. Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far. In the video, the singer said she was aware that there couldn’t be a public concert because of her gender and that she wasn’t trying to change the politics of the countries I visit or put other people in danger.
Stone said that the immigration officials treated her with the utmost class and compassion and were apologetic even as they escorted her to her plane. We were the ones that should have been apologising for not having our correct paper work, the singer wrote. The ball was dropped on this one and it wasn’t them.