Video footage has emerged of renowned pop star Christina Aguilera performing at the wedding of a wealthy Russian couple in Cyprus – the setting of which had been previously embroiled in controversy after it emerged that bulldozers had been called in to tear through a beach used for nesting turtles.
Aguilera had been inadvertently caught up in a storm of protest over the Cyprus wedding of a wealthy Russian couple after pictures emerged of the bulldozers ploughing through the sandy beach – used by protected turtle nests.
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The singer eventually performed for the multimillionaire newly-weds inside the hotel and video footage has since emerged on social media. The wedding reportedly cost €8million.
The bulldozers were being used to flatten the area so that a music stage could be constructed. Media reports had claimed that fellow pop star Justin Bieber would also be performing at the wedding concert at the Anassa Hotel but he never made an appearance.
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Environmentalists have criticised the local authorities in Paphos for granting the hotel permission to flatten the beach despite the municipality later retracting the issued permits.