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Friday 17 August 2018

Ulster farmer says no to Rihanna

A FARMER told racy pop star Rihanna to cover up as she filmed her latest video topless in Ireland.

Alan Graham said he approached the RnB star as she filmed her latest feature in his field in Bangor, and asked the production crew to stop filming.

Mr Graham said he found Rihanna's level of undress to be "inappropriate".

"She was most gracious. We shook hands and parted on good enough terms," he said.

"I didn't ask her to stop the filming. I spoke to the film people. Afterwards she did come and talk to me."

After speaking to the star, the pair shook hands and left on good terms, Mr Graham said.

The farmer said he was unaware that the singer shooting a video in his field was a global superstar.

"I'm a bit illiterate when it comes to the pop world. I don't mean any disrespect to the young lady. The name wouldn't have meant a good lot to me.

"I felt unhappy and uncomfortable with what was happening," he told RTE this morning.

He added that he granted permission for filming the video on his land -- but did not have any idea that she would be topless for some of the sequence.

Upon spotting the star, he approached the production crew and asked them to stop filming. Rihanna then approached him and the pair had a conversation which Mr Graham would not divulge, but said the pair left on good terms and shook hands.

Meanwhile, the Irish contingent of Rihanna's 'navy' of fans caught a glimpse of the star as she danced topless in Bangor, County Down yesterday.



Stripping

The singer jetted in to the country ahead of her sell-out concerts at Belfast's Odyssey Arena and Dublin's O2 to shoot scenes for her upcoming video with Calvin Harris -- and had no shame in stripping off.

The 23-year-old got her visit to our shores off to a flying start and in true RiRi fashion left little to the imagination as she paraded around the country field, flashing her breasts.

In skimpy red clothing and then hardly any clothing at all, the chart-topper gave the die-hard fans lining the Bangor streets an eyeful as she posed for the rolling cameras.

Hundreds descended upon the seaside town to say hello to the Bajan stunner, who was surrounded by her entourage and over 30 suitcases, while filming the video to We Found Love with Calvin Harris.

The two artists are set to release the single on November 21.

The Rude star will make Ireland her home for the next week, as she takes to the stage with Scottish DJ Harris.

He will he join the sultry singer as a special guest, on her tour, which lands in Dublin on October 3 at the O2 Arena.

lbutler@herald.ie

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