SINGER Joss Stone angered Good Morning Britain fans today when she told Brits to be happy “from her massive house in the Bahamas”.
The British soul singer, who rose to fame as a teenager and is a friend of Prince Harry, grew up in Devon but now lives in the Caribbean and spoke to presenters Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins about her new podcast that tells listeners how to be hapy.
She told them “everyone has a choice in life unless they are a slave or in prison” as she spoke the achievments happening back in Britain – but the more she spoke the more she annoyed viewers.
Joss, 33, was branded “out of touch” and “virtue signalling” after telling viewers to “grab moments of happiness” as she raved about Boris Johnson’s plan to pump £1.57bn of investment into the arts after the coronavirus pandemic.
One said: “So sick of all these celebs who don’t even live in the UK anymore who come on #GMB virtue signalling.. wish they’d just fu*k off!
Another viewer wrote: “She’s really annoying isn’t she?!”
And one more said: “#GMB Joss Stone live from her home in the Bahamas has to be the most irritating thing to wake up to”
Joss Stone last hit the headlines in 2019 when she has been deported from Iran as she continued a bid to sing in every country in the world.
The 32-year-old said she did not plan to perform and was just visiting, but that authorities did not believe she would not “be playing a public show” in the country where female solo singers are banned.
It is unclear what exactly Stone was planning to do in Iran, although in her Instagram post she spoke of her desire to show “the positives of our globe”.
Grammy winner Joss is aiming to sing in every country on the planet as part of her Total World Tour.
In March she performed barefoot in a bizarre gig to 70 people at a small hall in Derik, in the north-eastern corner of war-torn Syria, later saying she was “just so glad nothing bad happened”.
But posting a video on Instagram about yesterday’s visit to neighbouring Iran, she said: “We got detained and then we got deported.”
And she wrote: “We were aware there couldn’t be a public concert as I am a woman, and that is illegal in this country.
“Personally, I don’t fancy going to an Iranian prison, nor am I trying to change the politics of the countries I visit, nor do I wish to put other people in danger.
“However, it seems the authorities don’t believe we wouldn’t be playing a public show so they have popped us on what they call the ‘blacklist’, as we found out when we turned up to the immigration hall.
We got detained and then we got deported
Singer Joss Stone
The star, who rose to fame as a teenager and is a friend of Prince Harry, said: “After long discussions with the most friendly, charming and welcoming immigration people, the decision was made to detain us for the night and to deport us in the morning.
“Of course I was gutted. So close yet so far; this moment broke a little piece of my heart.”
She told fans: “We were the ones that should have been apologising for not having our correct paperwork.”
Stone posted images of herself boarding a flight to Iran’s Kish Island in the Persian Gulf, which is an economic free zone that allows travel by all nationalities but can also be a dangerous place for Westerners.
Iranian newspapers reported Stone’s Instagram comments on Thursday, though there was no immediate government comment on her claims