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British singer Joss Stone was reportedly deported from Iran because she is a solo female performer.

"So , our very last country on the list was Iran . 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," she wrote.

But the authority did not believe that she did not intend to perform publicly, and placed her on an "immigration blacklist."

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 wrote.

Under Iranian law, women cannot perform solo concerts, though women do play in ensemble bands and orchestras.