Rihanna defends her 777 tour following criticism

Star speaks out after being accused of ignoring journalists on board flight

Rihanna defends her 777 tour following criticism

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Rihanna has defended herself from criticisim she received off the back of her recent promotional trip surrounding new album 'Unapologetic'.

The singer embarked on an ambitious round the world trip which saw 150 journalists join her as she played seven shows in seven days in seven different countries. However, what many suspected would be the trip of a lifetime became difficult when they were denied access to Rihanna herself and the realities of jetlag hit home. Rihanna did eventually speak to the members of press on board the 777 jet but did little to placate those angry at the treatment they had received. However, Rihanna has defended herself in a new interview with Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, stating that she needed sleep after playing each of her live shows.

It was different having to do your job but also have 200 guests come along with you. 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.

She later added: "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. I did have fun though. I tried to get everybody involved but sometimes you just wish you could give more."

Rihanna's 777 trip took in gigs in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm Paris, Berlin and London before ending with a show in New York. The trip was made infamous when an Australian journalist stripped naked and streaked down the aisle of the jet in a moment of extreme boredom.

The press coverage appears to have worked, however, with 'Unapologetic' going straight to number one in the UK this week.

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