Rihanna Asked to Leave Abu Dhabi Mosque After Photo Shoot

Rihanna's Instagram pictures from her visit to the United Arab Emirates raise controversy

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Authorities asked Rihanna to leave the site of a mosque in Abu Dhabi after she posted photographs of herself posing in areas of the mosque that are off-limit to visitors on Saturday.┬áThe Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center issued a statement on Sunday saying that while it’s open to visitors of all faiths and allows pictures, the superstar’s photos were inappropriate, violated the “sanctity” of the mosque and disrespected the religious nature of the location, reports Gulf News.

The photos, which depicted the singer posing in front of the mosque in an all-black hooded outfit, were posted to her Instagram account. Rihanna commented on the picture of her looking at a group of women wearing head scarves and full body garments, “B*tch stole my look.” Another picture shows her lounging in the sun with the comment “#NoTanLines.” Others show her posing with bright red lipstick in front of restricted areas of the mosque, as shown below.

[Gulf News]