Rihanna asked to leave Abu Dhabi mosque after photoshoot
Rihanna was ejected recently from mosque in Abu Dhabi after a she posed for photos which were deemed "inconsistent with the sanctity" of the religious building.
The singer uploaded a series of photos of herself onto Instagram from the grounds of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, with the US star wearing a full-length black outfit and headscarf.
However, it has now emerged that the mosque asked Rihanna to leave the premises after they saw that she was posing for a photoshoot.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre said in a statement:
"The Centre strives to ensure that visitors enter the mosque in a decent fashion, and refrain from behaving in any way that is inconsistent with the sanctity of this religious place. Here, the Centre refers to a recent incident, involving a singer who came for a private visit to the mosque, at a gate that is not reserved for visitors, without prior coordination with the Centre’s management and without identifying herself. She was directed by visitor services to proceed to the visitors’ main gate and take the guided tour, according to procedure.
"She left without entering the mosque, after being asked to do so, due to the fact that she had taken some pictures that do not conform with the conditions and regulations put in place by the Centre’s management to regulate visits in a way that takes the status and sanctity of the mosque into consideration."
Rihanna meanwhile was in Abu Dhabi to perform at the Du Arena on October 19.
Watch Rihanna perform live in Abu Dhabi below:
Latest 10 Rihanna News Stories