Rihanna is known for being a controversial one, with nude photoshoots and other scandals.
So when pictures of her posing outside the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi were posted online, it came as a bit of a surprise. The mosque’s staff revealed that the singer’s actions were considered to be at odds with the ‘sanctity’ of the site and thus, she was asked to leave the compound.
It was further reported that the singer did not seek permission to conduct a photoshoot on the premises, according to Daily Mail. Photos posted on her Instagram account over the weekend show the 25-year-old posing on white marble wearing a head-to-toe hooded black jumpsuit and posing provocatively with ruby red lips.
People took to Twitter to express their views: @BinttAlthee said, “Modeling in a mosque is just plain wrong. Who let her in,” while another tweeter @Ahmedcarter wrote, “Rihanna pics at Sheikh Zayed mosque are disrespectful to the place of worship.
A spokesperson for the mosque said Rihanna had come for a private tour, but had never coordinated her visit in advance.The mosque statement, published Monday in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It says the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the “status and sanctity of the mosque.”
The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.
Rihanna has not commented on Saturday’s incident.