Rihanna's 777 Tour was a complete bust. What started out as a great idea— 150 journalists and a handful of Rihanna fans accompanying her on 7-city international tour over the course of 7 nights— quickly devolved into a hostage situation.
Basically, everyone not named Rihanna was dragged around the world sans food and sleep. And while that would have kinda sorta been alright if Rihanna actually interacted with them— that was the point of the trip, right?— she did anything but, essentially ignoring them for the entire time.
The singer is trying to defend herself against claims that she basically wasted everyone's time for a week and almost killed them in the process. If it was stressful for the journalists, imagine how stressful it was for her, flying from country to country, her body weak and exhausted from performing and singing for thousands of fans each night.
"It was different having to do your job but also have 200 guests come along with you," the singer told BBC's Radio 1, acting as if she wasn't the one who invited the media in the first place. "They all want you to host a party every time you get on the plane after a show but you really only have that time to sleep until you get to the next country ... Sometimes it was a two-hour ride to the next country and that was all the sleep you would get."
Basically, she couldn't risk having poor performances because she was busy entertaining guests. Even if those guests were invited members of the media who've spent the past five years propping her up as the biggest thing in pop music.
"I knew I had seven countries and seven shows and I had to save my voice," she said. "I didn't go crazy. I didn't party too hard."
But it's not just the ire of journalists on board the 777 that she drew. She's also been angering her own staff, who reportedly have had enough of her diva tricks.
"She’s always been unpredictable, but it’s worse than ever,” a source told the Daily News. The source alleges that more than one person on her staff is looking for another job. Her tardiness seems to be a major problem.
"[Rihanna can't] keep meetings, even ones she’s rescheduled, [and] be on time ... to anything," says the source. “She’ll commit to something, and show up two hours late."
Another source claims Chris Brown has a lot to do with why everything is so hectic for her and her staff right now.
“She puts her family and [Brown] above everything else,” says the source. “It really can affect relationships and commitments, and make her and everyone else look bad. People are fed up.”
[via Huffington Post]