British singer Joss Stone posted a video on her Instagram account on Thursday saying that she was detained in Iran and then deported from the country, which she was planning to perform in as part of her world tour.
“We got to Iran, we got detained, and then we got deported,” Stone said in the video.
The group was detained for a night and deported the next morning, according to Stone. “So close yet so far, this moment broke a little piece of my heart,” the soul singer said.
In the video, Stone said that her phone was taken while in detention. “I haven’t really gotten on a plane yet, but I got my phone back, which is good,” she said while wearing a white cloth as a scarf on her head.
“We were aware there couldn’t be a public concert as I am a woman and that is illegal in this country. However, it seems the authority’s (authorities) don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show so they have popped us on what they call the black list,” Stone wrote in the caption below her video explaining the reason for her detention.
Grammy and Brit award-winning Stone says her mission is to explore and understand the universal language of music in every country on the planet.
Before her deportation from Tehran, Stone had performed in Libya, South Sudan, and Saudi Arabia, where she posted a video explaining that all the stereotypes about mandatory headscarves, beheadings, and forbidding women from singing in the Kingdom were not true.