CB presents the Full Story of a Barbadian singer who is known as “RiRi”. Our Rihanna Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings you a full account of notable events from her childhood time to date.
The analysis of the American singer involves her life story before fame and family background. More so, many OFF and ON-Screen little-known facts about her.
Yes, everyone knows of her distinctive voice and fashionable appearances. However, only a few consider Rihanna’s biography which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Rihanna Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on the 20th day of February 1988 at St. Michael Parish, Barbados.
She was the first child born of the union between her mother Monica Fenty (an accountant) and her father Ronald Fenty (a warehouse supervisor).
Young Riri grew up with her parents and siblings – Rorey & Rajad – in Bridgetown’s city of Barbados, an eastern Caribbean island that is best known for its beautiful beaches and measured reggae rhythms.
However, Rihanna’s childhood did not bear the hallmarks of the beautiful Island she lived in owing to her father’s seemingly perpetual struggles with addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine.
Resultantly, she developed headaches that bore witness to her parents’ marital problems majorly fueled by her father’s addiction. Ronald would years later, express remorse over his destructive behaviour in the following manner:
“I will never forgive myself for what I did to her. I will always have nightmares as I think oh her crying, begging me to stop.
But I was a hopeless addict and I couldn’t care. My beautiful daughter should never have witnessed the things she did.”
While dysfunction raged on in her family Rihanna found an escape in singing and listening to reggae which was extremely popular on the island. In addition, she spent quality time at the beach by learning how to swim, catch fishes and write.
Rihanna had her basic education at Broome Memorial Primary School in Saint Micheal Barbados.
The troubled kid then progressed to Combermere High School on the outskirts of Bridgetown to begin another phase of her life, recording experiences that include her parents’ divorce with the resultant improvement of her health.
It was at Combermere High School that Rihanna engaged her passion for singing through participating in high-school talent shows which she once won by singing Mariah Carey’s «Hero».
She went on to form a music band with two of her classmates and was known to be an army cadet in a sub-military programme.
Rihanna Biography Facts – Road To Fame:
Although Rihanna had plans of graduating from high school, she was consummated by her passion for singing that academic progress was sacrificed on the altar of pursuing a career in music.
The singing talent took the decision after she was discovered in her home country by Evans Rogers, a record producer who set her on the path of greatness.
Rogers was at the time on holiday in Barbados with his wife when Rihanna and her two friends decided to exhibit their singing prowess for him via auditions.
“The minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.”
Recalled Rogers of Rihanna’s charming persona that once won her a beauty contest.
The trio performed for Rogers who was particularly Impressed by Rihanna’s performance and invited her to New York to record some demo tapes which could be sent to record labels.
Rihanna aged 16, was not one to let a rare opportunity slip through her fingers as she over the course of the next year, travelled to Rogers’ home in Connecticut to work on her demo album.
“When I left Barbados, I didn’t look back,” she said. “I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America.”
Rihanna Biography Facts – Rise To Fame Story:
While living in Connecticut, with Evans Rogers and his wife, Rihanna worked with songwriter Carl Sturken to produce a four-song demo that included “Pon de Replay” which would later become her first hit single.
It wasn’t long before her demos received a good appraisal from Def Jam recording company which is known to have signed rapper Kanye West.
Consequently, she was invited to audition for the company whose president was the legendary Jay Z.
“I was literally shaking, Coming from living in Barbados and never meeting a celebrity to having to meet and audition for somebody like Jay Z…ah!”
Nonetheless, she put up an impressive performance that saw an impressed Jay-Z signed her almost immediately.
Armed with the backing of a good record label Rihanna recorded an initial success with the release of her debut Album, “Music of the Sun” in 2005 which was later followed by the more successful “A Girl Like Me” in 2006.
Rihanna’s breakthrough came in 2007 when she went through a total transformation from teen pop singer to ultimate superstar with her third album “Good Girl Gone Bad”.
The Album which charted at number two in Australia, the US and multiple countries, featured Rihanna’s hit single “Umbrella” which won her a Grammy Award. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rihanna has had no fewer than 19 past relationship before her rise to fame and thereafter. We bring you a few of her notable love history.
Starting off is Rihanna’s relationship with her first boyfriend, Negus Sally. The duo had a close relationship between 2001-2003 a period which coincided with RiRi’s career build-up. Little wonder Neagus would years later note that:
‘No man stands a chance with Rihanna… she’s too focused on her career to settle down,’
Indeed, Neagus words were evident in Rihanna’s unsettled relationships with rapper Drake and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Matt Kemp.
The times she recorded something close to commitment was during her relationship with Chris Brown (2007-2013).
As well as with Arabian billionaire Hassan Jameel (2016-2018).
Save to say Rihanna’s first boyfriend’s remarks continue to hold sway until News breaks of her engagement.
Rihanna Family Life:
Rihanna was born into a family of 5. We bring you factual details about her immediate and extended family members.
About Rihanna Dad:
Rihanna’s father, Ronald Fenty was born on the 16th day of August 1954. Although Ronald was infamous for his drug and alcoholic ridden life, he did score parental points for teaching his daughter to be entrepreneurial as he would often take her along to help him sell clothes.
“She used to sell stuff on the side of the street as I did. She’d come outside of the store and put up a rack and sell hats and belts and scarves. She would also buy sweets, put them in packages and take them to school to sell to her friends for a profit”.
Ronald who separated from Rihanna’s mum when the singer was aged 14 is now drug-free and continues to maintain a close relationship with his celebrity daughter.
About Rihanna Mum:
Rihanna’s mother Monica Braithwaite was born on the 5th of April 1969. The Afro – Guyanese mother who worked as an accountant at the time of the singers birth has been supportive of her child’s dream and is proud of her achievements.
About Rihanna Brothers:
Rihanna grew up with two brothers: Rorrey Fenty (born 13th November 1989) and Rajad Fenty (born 15th April 1996).
Rorrey is a career rapper who goes by the stage name Gallest while Rajad is a happy-go-lucky fellow that has become a media sensation owing to the ties he shares with his sister.
About her half-siblings:
Rihanna has 3 half-siblings that were of born to her father from previous and subsequent relationships.
First among the trio is her elder half-sister Kandy (born in 1971) who works as a Pharmacist assistant in Barbados.
Kandy is at the time of this post a mother of two kids, Brandy and Crystal. Interesting she only got to know who her father was during her 30’s.
Next is another half-sister Samantha (born 1981) who works as a policy consultant for the Caribbean regional governments.
Moving on from the half-sisters, Rihanna’s only half-brother is Jamie Black (born 1981). Jamie works as a travelling photographer and designer.
Rihanna Untold Biography Facts – The Assault:
Rihanna had her share of domestic violence on the 8th of February 2009 when she was assaulted by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown.
The assault which happened on the day she was supposed to perform at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, reportedly occurred after Rihanna confronted Chris about a text message she found from an unknown woman on his phone.
Moments later, the assault was confirmed by a leaked photograph from the police department which revealed that Rihanna sustained visible injuries.
Although Brown was charged with assault and for making criminal threats in March 2009, Rihanna found reasons to date him again in 2012 and together released the song “Birthday Cake” that same year.
Aside from musical commitment, Rihanna has acted in a number of movies that include Battleship (2012), This Is the End (2013), Ocean’s Eight as well as lent her voice to one of the main characters in the animated adventure, Home (2015).
Rihanna Investments and Endorsements:
Rihanna, apart from making music and starring in movies, makes significant income through many other channels. First is her endorsement deals with brands like Balmain, Armani, Mac, River Island and Puma.
She also has her line of cosmetics, perfume and lingerie not to mention her makeup line, Fenty Beauty.
Added to the growing list is her investment in real estate. Isn’t she a smart businesswoman amassing quite an empire?.
Rihanna Personal Facts:
Rihanna is one among few celebrities who strive to be a better version of themselves by the day without being caught in the web if insecurity cloaked in competition. According to her:
“I never focus on who or what is at the top, because when people become better at what they do individually, it’s noticed. And that’s all I want to be: an artist who was known for growing constantly and becoming bigger and better.
It’s not about who’s better between Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. I’m more in competition with myself. I always challenge myself to do better next time. It doesn’t matter who’s at the top as long as I’m getting closer to that point every time. That’s all I care about.”
The good nature singer also joins a few others in giving back to the community as evident in her 2012 establishment of Clara Lionel Foundation, (named after her grandparents). The foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts and culture.
Regarding matters of faith she once tweeted “God is love” in February 2012 as well as glorified God in a Twitter post marking the ninth anniversary of her debut album, Music of The Sun.
To God be the Glory #MusicOfTheSun
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 30, 2014
- Rihanna is reportedly paid $100,000 by fashion designers who demand that she sits in the front row of their catwalk shows and pose for cameras at various Fashion Weeks.
- Before any performance, Rihanna religiously disguises herself as a fan and go into the audience to get a feel for their energy. She wears a hoodie to keep herself from being recognized.
- At one point, Rumours falsely had it that Rihanna was having an affair with Jay-Z, who was with Beyonce at the time.
- RiRi is best of friends with famous singer Katy Perry and was supposed to be the maid of honour during her wedding, but couldn’t go to India for the event.
- Barbados once created a national holiday to honour Rihanna in 2008. Responding, Rihanna put on a free concert for her local fans as a way of saying thanks.
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