Chris Brown has reportedly been spotted in London this week, shocking social media users as they thought the singer was banned from the country.
Singer Chris Brown hasn’t been spending much time in the UK recently, and it’s not because he doesn’t like the rain. He was actually banned from entering the country over 10 years ago, and he hasn’t been back, until now.
Chris Brown was allegedly spotted in a fancy London restaurant, and fans are confused. Has his ban been lifted? And why was he banned from the UK in the first place?
Chris Brown was spotted in London
Chris Brown was reportedly spotted in London this week, and everyone’s been going crazy on social media.
A video has been going viral that allegedly shows the singer sitting in Mayfair restaurant Novikov. The original video was posted onto Instagram Stories by a user called @the_krakengemini who captioned it: “You made it to London.”
Chris also uploaded a photo to Instagram where he showed himself reunited with on-off girlfriend Ammika Harris and their son Aeko. The singer didn’t reveal his location but many eagle-eyed fans claim the bench is in London’s Victoria.
Why was he banned from the UK?
Chris Brown was banned from entering the UK in 2010 after he was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 in a car after a Grammy’s party.
As reported by the BBC, Chris Brown’s visa was refused after he tried to enter the country in 2010. The singer was banned from entering the UK after he committed a serious criminal offence and was sentenced to a community service order, setting the grounds for his ban.
In a statement, the Home Office said: “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence. Public safety is one of our primary concerns.”
Has the ban been lifted?
After Chris Brown was spotted in London, many fans have been wondering if his ban has been lifted.
Whilst the singer hasn’t revealed such information, it is believed that he finished his probation period in 2015, and it has been over 10 years since Chris Brown’s visa was denied.
The singer would not have been able to enter the country without a valid visa, so it certainly seems likely that his ban has been lifted.