“All the people are talking about Rihanna. But who is she really? What’s her life like?” These questions were in my head for a long time, and now I’ll try to answer them. This article has four parts: Her early years, musical career (albums, tours), personal life (relationships), and charity.
Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados on February 20th, 1988. She grew up with her grandmother and constantly moved from one town to another because of her parent’s divorce when she was five years old. Rihanna’s mother Monica Braithwaite worked as a marketing executive, and her father Ronald Fenty was a warehouse supervisor. At the age of 15, she started going out with an older guy that she didn’t know much about because all her friends liked him. When he wasn’t at school Rihanna would call him and ask why he didn’t come. He told her that he already graduated from high school and he had a job as well as a son from another relationship.
After Rihanna’s father left she became very independent. She started working as a waitress, and after three years of hard work her first single Pon de Replay came out on the market. The song was very successful right away. A year later she released another single/video that was also successful- SOS. After this song, she released two more singles that had moderate success in the USA, but had huge success all over the world: Unfaithful and Break It Off (featuring Sean Paul). Her debut album Music Of The Sun didn’t do so well commercially, but it got great reviews from fans and critics alike. A couple of months later she released her second studio album A Girl Like Me which did better than its predecessor both commercially and critically.
Rihanna always wanted to become a singer, and she took vocal lessons at the age of seven. At the age of 14, she was spotted by an A&R from Jive records which helped her with her career.
In 2005, at the age of 17, Rihanna founded the Believe Foundation that helps terminally ill children obtain medicine that they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. In March 2008 she went on tour with her fellow Barbadian artist Shontelle on the Caribbean island to give free performances for those who couldn’t afford expensive tickets.