Sir Rod Stewart has been caught up in scandal after crticis and fans were left horrified by a ‘sick’ online video posted to social media that depicted the singer appearing to ‘jokingly’ mimic an execution in the desert.
The video – which has since been deleted – was shared on Instagram by his wife Penny Lancaster and appeared to show the singer re-enact a beheading similar to those used by so-called Islamic State.
It showed the couple with friends while on his world tour, which took him to Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
Following huge amounts of backlash, including fans calling for him to lose his Knighthood, the 72-year-old issued an apology saying he had merely been acting out a scene from Game Of Thrones
‘From re-enacting the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre-show.
‘Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended.’
The daughter of aid worked David Haines, who was captured and beheaded by ISIS in 2014 said:
'I think it's disgraceful that a celebrity who is thought of as a role model would do this sort of thing. There's some things that are funny but that isn't.' She added: 'I had a lot of respect for Rod Stewart, now you couldn't pay me to listen to his music'.