Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Rihanna ‘exhausted by 777 tour’


Rihanna's team didn't think about the physical impact her 777 tour would have on her, according to the director of the accompanying documentary.

The Barbados-born singer travelled around the world to promote her seventh record Unapologetic, jetting to seven different countries for performances. Journalists and fans joined her on the plane, although many complained time with the star was limited.

The star shot a tour DVD called 777, with the director Toby L speaking out in her defence.

"[She] did the best she could do considering the time span," he told the BBC. "In retrospect no-one really thought about how exhausting it really would be."

There were reports of near riots on board the plane, with some journalists furious by how little time they got with Rihanna. There were chants asking her to come to talk to people, with one man even streaking naked through the aisles in an effort to catch her attention.

Toby insists anyone wanting to talk to the pop megastar could have done so with a little extra effort.

"I think that half the issue was, because everyone was so exhausted, a lot of people just weren't staying up as late as she was and then were not willing to go and try and get the access and get the stories for themselves," he claimed.

"Controversially, I think it was a two-way street. I think if people put the time and energy in, there were ways of doing it and you maybe had to think outside the box.

"I think if people were creative and put the time in they would get the story they wanted."

Toby was only told about shooting the DVD two days before cameras had to start rolling.

He was astounded by how professional the star was, revealing she was so happy with his work she didn't change anything after watching the documentary, which lasts 77 minutes.

The director was quizzed more about Rihanna's alleged diva behaviour and claims the only time she asked for anything was when she disliked the food and required her personal chef to join the trip.

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Nightlife Galleries


Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News


Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant


Your forceful personality makes people sit up and take notice of you. This is a great time to show off your expert knowledge. Demonstrating a command for facts and figures will result in a teaching or media position. Make sure you don't impose this air of authority at home. Your family won't appreciate being ordered around. You may be a superstar in intellectual circles, but you're just another relative on the domestic front. Don't bristle at your loved ones' irreverence. It's good for your ego.More