Wednesday 21 March 2018

Farmer orders Rihanna off land

Rihanna was asked to cover up by a farmer while shooting a video near Bangor (AP)
Rihanna was asked to cover up by a farmer while shooting a video near Bangor (AP)
Rihanna during filming in the New Lodge area of North Belfast (AP)

Pop star Rihanna got her marching orders after a farmer objected to her peeling off her clothes while filming a new video on his land, it has been disclosed.

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, a member the Democratic Unionist Party on North Down Borough council, said: "She understood where I was coming from. We shook hands and parted company on good terms."

Mr Graham had agreed that one of his fields could be used for the recording but was not aware what the production team had in mind for the pop superstar when they moved to an adjoining piece of land. Earlier he had used his tractor to help pull free some recording equipment which got stuck in mud. He also helped fill in a hole with some of his straw.

Mr Graham, who owns 60 acres at Clandeboye outside Bangor was just about to head for home when he saw Rihanna in her red patterned bikini.

He said: "I realised things had got to a stage which were not acceptable to me, Things became inappropriate and I asked the film crew to stop.

"I never heard of Rihanna until someone called me requesting the use of my land. I knew on Monday who she was. Someone explained she was as big as it gets as far as pop stars were concerned. I am a bit illiterate about those issues.

"If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say: 'Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that'."

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