Saturday 20 January 2018

Get 'em off... my land, Rihanna!

Rihanna has been filming a pop video in a field
Rihanna has been filming a pop video in a field

Rihanna got her marching orders after a farmer objected to the pop star peeling off her clothes while filming a new video on his land - but she received a warmer welcome in Belfast.

Alan Graham, 61, pulled up in his tractor and told the sexy singer to cover up and later claimed: "Her behaviour was inappropriate."

Rihanna was recording a video for We Found Love with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in a muddy barley field near Bangor, Co Down - ahead of three sell-out shows at Belfast's Odyssey Arena this weekend.

The filming was taking place close to a busy dual carriageway when she stripped to a bikini after removing a long checked dress. But the sight became too much for Mr Graham's Christian beliefs and he politely asked the filming to stop.

The father of four said: "She understood where I was coming from. We shook hands and parted company on good terms."

But today (Tuesday) police had to call in reinforcements to hold back up to 1,000 fans who crowded the narrow streets of Belfast's New Lodge district to watch Rihanna and the production team at work.

They threatened to stop filming because of the public clamour. The singer spent 20 minutes inside one of the terraced houses and at one stage jumped up onto a trampoline in the back garden.

Even though the area is Catholic and overwhelmingly republican, pupils in uniform from the predominantly Protestant Belfast Royal Academy in a neighbouring district joined the crowd which forced traffic to be diverted.

Afterwards the singer grabbed a megaphone, thanked everyone for coming to see her before declaring: "I love you Belfast. Thank you."

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