Passengers at Paphos Airport were left star struck on Wednesday after renowned pop star Christina Aguilera turned up to catch a plane after previously performing a wedding in Akamas.
Aguilera’s presence in Cyprus – where she was filmed singing at the wedding of a Russian couple that had paid an incredible €8million for their special day at the luxurious Anassa Hotel – was not without its fair share of controversy.
Environmentalists had been left fuming when it emerged that the local council in the area had used bulldozers to flatten a beach – used for nesting turtles – so that a music stage could be constructed.
Following an outcry on social media, the concert was later moved to indoors.
On Wednesday, Aguilera was spotted entering Paphos Airport at around 3pm with the singer agreeing to some selfies, pictures and autographs.
She departed the island on a private jet bound for Venice.
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Meanwhile, confusion continues to ensue over the beach stretch for the turtles that torn into by the bulldozers.
The Forestry Department maintains that the whole beach is a National Park and that no authority – including the Paphos Municipality – had the right to issue a permit to allow the sandy beach to be flattened.
The Paphos Municipality immediately moved to revoke the permit once word had gotten out that bulldozers had moved into the beach where the nesting turtles had been situated.
The Polis Municipality – which had received the initial permit from Paphos – states that nothing was disturbed by the works with one municipality official accusing the environmentalists of “making a fuss over nothing”.