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'This moment broke a little piece of my heart': Singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran

Stone says Iran was the last country of her world tour.

Stone says Iran was the last country of her world tour.
Stone says Iran was the last country of her world tour.
Image: Instagram

ENGLISH SOUL SINGER Joss Stone has said she was deported from Iran after arriving in the Islamic Republic as part of a worldwide concert tour, even though she didn’t plan to perform there.

Posting on Instagram, Stone appears in a video wearing a white headscarf saying:

“Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported.” She said she knew solo performances by women were illegal, but she still wanted to see Iran.

She wrote that Iranian authorities placed her on a “black list” because they believed she might try to perform a public show. She described the authorities that met her on arrival at Iran’s Kish Island as professional throughout their interaction.

“These people are genuinely nice kind people that felt bad that they couldn’t override the system,” she wrote in a caption.

Under Iranian law, women cannot perform solo concerts, though women do play in ensemble bands and orchestras. It’s unclear what Stone planned to otherwise do in Iran, though her Instagram post described her desire to show “the positives of our globe”.

Iranian newspapers reported Stone’s Instagram comments today, though there was no immediate government comment on her claims.

Stone earlier posted images of herself boarding a flight to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, which is an economic free zone that allows travel by all nationalities.

However, Kish also can be a dangerous place for Westerners. Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent on an unauthorised mission for the CIA, disappeared on Kish Island in March 2007.

He has yet to be found. While Iran denies being involved in his disappearance, his family and the US say Iran’s government holds him.

Stone came to fame in 2003 as a small-town teenager with a big, soulful voice, showcased on her best-selling debut album The Soul Sessions.

Stone started her Total World Tour five years ago and has performed in over 175 countries across the world, including an unofficial gig in North Korea last month. 

With reporting from © – AFP 2019

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