Over the past decade and a half, Rihanna has become one of the biggest stars in the world. The singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and fashion icon dominated the American music scene in the 2000s and 2010s, and today, she is enjoying the fruits of her labor.
Rihanna is from Barbados
Like countless others who came to the United States, Rihanna left her home country to pursue her dreams. She grew up with her parents and siblings in Bridgetown, Barbados and was discovered by American record executive Evan Rogers when she was just 14 years old.
She recorded a demo tape that included her breakout single “Pon de Replay”, which caught the attention of Jay-Z, who had just been appointed president and CEO of Def Jam Records. After hearing her performance in person, Jay-Z knew she was too big a star to go on. L.A. Reid was equally impressed, and told Jay-Z that he would not let her out of the building until he signed a recording contract.
Rihanna waited in Jay-Z’s office until 3 a.m. to work out a contract. She signed a deal for six albums and moved to the US from Barbados.
Rihanna lives in America today
Rihanna quickly dominated the music scene in the late 2000s and early 2010s. She released an album almost every year, and her hits became a radio mainstay.
Despite being such a big name in America (and around the world), Rihanna never took it upon herself to become a naturalized citizen of the United States. She remains an immigrant and has had permanent resident status over the years.
This does not mean that Rihanna has withdrawn from American politics. She was a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, and in the 2020 election, she took to social media to urge her followers, who could vote, to make her voice heard.
A commenter even asked him if he was a US citizen, hence allowing him to cast his vote. “I’m an immigrant, trying to bring yo country together,” he said bluntly, “did you vote?”
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Rihanna also lived in the UK
Apart from permanent residency in the US, Rihanna has also spent most of her time in the UK in recent years. He said The New York Times Magazine In 2019 her Fenty Beauty cosmetics company designs and manufactures its products in Europe. As a result, she moved to London to be closer to her team.
Although it was only for a short time. In 2020, the lavish mansion that Rih was living in went up for sale. The house was located in the wealthy St John’s Wood neighborhood of London, and according to luxury london, she was renting an eight-bedroom plaster mansion for £18,000 ($24,800) per week. When the house finally went up for sale, it was valued at around £32 million (over $44 million).