Farmer told Rihanna 'stop stripping'

Published Tuesday, 27 September 2011
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Rihanna was asked to put her clothes back on during her video shoot in Bangor on Monday by the farmer who allowed her to use his corn field.

DUP Alderman Alan Graham, 61, said it was "inappropriate" that the pop star stripped while filming her latest music video for We Found Love in the Co Down town.

Mr Graham, who admitted he wasn't familiar with the 23-year-old singer's work, left his tractor to request her to stop filming after the star went topless during filming.

In pictures: Rihanna's raunchy film shoot in Bangor

He said he wasn't happy with what she was doing on his land and asked her to cover up.

"I had a request last week for the use of grain field to provide the setting for a film," the farmer told U105.

"At that time I didn't know who was coming - I didn't know that until yesterday morning. Even if I had known, I'm afraid I'm a bit illiterate regarding these issues."

I don't mean any disrespect whatsoever to the lady but, as for who she was, I wouldn't know anything about her.

Alderman Alan Graham on U105

Mr Graham explained that it was towards the end of the shoot, when it moved from a field off the Belfast Road to another part of the farm, that he noticed the situation was becoming "unacceptable".

It was at that point that he felt the need to intervene, and went to have a chat with singer - who had donned a long safety-pinned shirt, bandana bikini and jeans to make the film.

"Most of the filming took place adjacent to the main road and that wasn't a problem," he said.

"Then it moved to another field and perhaps then I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I realised things were becoming inappropriate from my point of view and I asked the filming to stop.

"They did stop. The gentleman may not have been aware of my expectations, but he treated me in a very gentlemanly way.

I had a conversation with Rihanna regarding the issue and hopefully she knows where I'm coming from. We shook hands and parted in good enough terms.

Alderman Alan Graham on U105

"I've no ill against the people, but I feel there are boundaries as to what is acceptable to take place on my farm. There was no agreement as such beforehand. I have not received any payment at this moment in time and I don't know if I will be paid."

Hundreds of fans flocked to the seaside town after word started to circulate that they might be able to catch a glimpse of Rihanna.

The unexpected visitor managed to bring the traffic to a standstill in the area.

Later Rihanna was spotted filming nighttime scenes for her music video in Belfast city centre, including in a fish and chip shop, before continuing the shoot in the streets of the New Lodge in north Belfast on Tuesday.

We Found Love - featuring Calvin Harris - is the lead single from her upcoming sixth album, which will be released on November 21 in the US.

Next up for the chart-topping sensation is a three-night run at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, as part of her Loud tour - where she is expected to perform hit singles Only Girl (In The World) and What's My Name.

And her Bangor co-star Calvin Harris will actually be providing the support.

Later this year, Rihanna could also be among the world-famous faces performing at the MTV European Music Awards in Belfast. She has been nominated in the Best Pop category.

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33 Comments
Caz in Belfast wrote (1,066 days ago):
Andy Merrett - you're the rude one! It stands to reason that this man agreed that Rhianna could use his field in the first place! Had he the foresight to find out a little more about the situation before he agreed to it, the embarassment could have been avoided! Where have all the sensible people gone??
MICHAEL in Cookstown wrote (1,066 days ago):
Here was an international Global Superstar in a field in County Down, NI filming for latest video. She had an entourage people with her who were, more than likely, intending to stay within the country before her Show in Belfast on Thursday night, and most importantly, spending thousands of pounds whilst here, therefore boosting our economy. And this idiot chases her from his field all because she's in Bra ! Has he not got a wife? Never been to a beach in Spain? I think her management and others in the TV, music and movie industry will l think twice before using NI as a filming location! Total stupidity!
Carryduff in Belfast wrote (1,067 days ago):
Sick to death of " celebrities " and the morons who love them. If only they had brains society would be much better of.
i forgot in ards wrote (1,067 days ago):
makes a change from sammy wilson in a field half nude?
Burko in Belfast wrote (1,067 days ago):
Yeah, JP, our 'standreds' are really high! Well done, you.
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