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Sounds like Rihanna finally figured out what was happening on the other side of her tour jet. In the final minutes of her 777 promotional tour (seven days, seven countries on a Delta 777 jet to promote her seventh album, Unapologetic), the "Diamonds" singer apologized to the 200 journalists who had come along for the ride. But she didn't apologize for the reported lack of food, late flights or general chaos -- rather, she said she regretted not spending any time with the people who committed their week to writing about her.
"I know you guys got barely any dirt," Rihanna told the writers on Tuesday, according to an editor from Us Weekly. "But I had to be good. I still sound like s***. It's impossible to spend time with everybody, and I'm sorry I didn't. But this was excellent and I would definitely do it again."
We're not sure that the journalists would say the same. Though things started out promisingly, with Rihanna pouring champagne for her guests, the writers soon began voicing complaints about hunger, limited bathroom breaks, being trapped on the tarmac for hours at a time, and having zero access to Rihanna herself (which was, after all, the point). On Day 4, the delirious journalists staged a "revolt," chanting for Rihanna to come out while one Australia writer streaked naked across the plane.
Even after that demonstration, the pop star remained a no-show. By Day 7, someone on the plane had made and distributed "Missing" flyers with Rihanna's face on them. The journalists were so exhausted that one of them fell asleep while writing his piece, an event that a fellow passenger captured on Instagram. Finally, as the plane began its final descent into New York, the Barbadian singer made her brief appearance.
"I want to thank everyone for making this trip the s***. I want to see the naked Australian!" she joked.
And as far as Rihanna was concerned, the trip was a blast -- and she'd do it all over again.
"I would do this next time with more people, more cities and sit back the the fans more... I had to preserve my health," she explained. "Normally, I'd be back here popping bottles with y'all... I had to preserve my voice. I was worried about my body more than partying on the plane, so I had to just sleep whenever I could. I hope you guys had as much fun as I did."
Any takers for 777 Tour: The Sequel? Somehow, we suspect she may have trouble filling those seats!