Beyonce banned from Egypt pyramid for her ‘stupid and rude’ behavior.
November 28, 2013
Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s former head of antiquities, claims he banned the singer from visiting the Pyramids after her ‘stupid and rude’ behaviour. The star visited Egypt back in 2009 as part of her I Am… Tour, where she toured the pyramids with Hawass.
But according to the Huffington Post, the controversial archaeologist bad-mouthed the star to local reporters back then, allegedly calling her a ‘stupid person’ who ‘doesn’t understand a thing’.
Now, in a new interview, Hawass, 66, claims the Love On Top singer arrived late for her tour of the ancient site.
Most people I take on tours are very nice and we become friends. But this lady…,’ the former minister of state antiquities told The Independent.‘She said she would come at 3pm but she came late. I said “You have to say I’m sorry I’m late”. But she didn’t open her mouth,’ said Hawass, who is described as the ‘gatekeeper’ of the pyramids.I brought a photographer and she also had a photographer and a guard. When my photographer started to shoot, he said “No, Stop! I am the one who says yes or no, not you!”‘I said: “In that case since you almost hit my photographer and you are not polite – out! I am not giving you the privilege of having you on my tour!” I said Beyoncé was stupid and I left.’
Beyonce’s rep told E! News the story was a ‘lie’.
‘This never happened,’ said the rep. ‘The last time she was in Egypt was on tour in 2009. Nothing like this happened. Lies and more lies.’
Hawass is a controversial figure who has been criticised for his love of the spotlight.
During the interview, he boasted about his fame.
‘People attack me because I am famous. When I took President Obama to Giza, the camel driver recognised me and he asked “But who is the friend of Hawass?” When I gave a lecture at your Dome of the Millennium 1,700 came to hear me. Bill Clinton got 700.’