Whether you visit or live in London, you may find yourself coming across famous pop star Rihanna in the streets, who recently revealed she’s been living in London for a year – and fans have been none the wiser!
The star revealed the news in an interview with The New York Times Style Magazine, which took place at Dark Sugars Cocoa House in Shoreditch, east London.
Rihanna has recently launched an upmarket fashion label with Louis Vuitton owner LVMH in Paris. She became the first black female to take control of a major fashion brand.
It was reported that she moved to London in order to be closer to her team working on her first collection for the Fenty brand label, which includes ready-to-wear items and accessories such as shoes, jewellery and sunglasses. She also currently owns an established make-up brand, Fenty Beauty.
The Barbadian singer, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, revealed that what she loved most about living in London was “walking around the block” without being recognised. “When I go walking, I try to keep it a little incognito” she said.
In the same interview, she admitted that it was easy for her to find inspiration for her next luxury fashion line, which is due to be released on May 29th. She described being “hands-on” with the creative progress and used herself “as the muse” when managing the collection.
“It’s sweatpants with pearls, or a masculine denim jacket with a corset,” she said. “I feel like we live in a world where people are embracing every bit of who they are.”
“I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world. First wearing it, buying it, being recognised for my style and then collaborating with brands. I never just wanted to put my name on something and sell my license. I’m very hands-on, so I wanted to take it slowly and gain respect as a designer.
“I just changed how I dress in terms of my proportions. You wear what looks good on you and that’s it. I’m thick and curvy right now, and so if I can’t wear my own stuff then, I mean, that’s not gonna work, right?
“And my size is not the biggest size. It’s actually closer to the smallest size we have: We go up to a (US size 14), We’re saying we can meet you at any one drop that we put out.”
Meanwhile, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the news with English fans taking to Twitter to express both their shock and excitement that Rihanna has been living incognito in London for a year.
RIHANNA LIVES IN LONDON it is now my life mission to find her
— sol (@bethlenciaga) May 22, 2019
rihanna living in london is single-handedly the greatest thing the UK has ever accomplished
— z?? (@zainebtariq) May 22, 2019
So Rihanna has moved to London and there’s this pic with a Sainsbury’s bag for life in the back. RIHANNA HAS BEEN TO SAINSBURYS. SHE HAS USED A BAG FOR LIFE. I’m so shook pic.twitter.com/SNMLcISj3R
— Mar$y (@Marsylalala) May 21, 2019
It’s not a surprise that Rihanna lives in London. Her first hit was about umbrellas.
— Richard Ashcroft (@ashcroftethics) May 22, 2019
But what’s Rihanna been up to in terms of music? It’s been over three years since her last album, Anti, hit the shelves. So far, all we know is that the next release will be a “reggae album”, the singer confirmed. While no title has been given as of yet, the singer explained that it’ll likely be named “R9”.
“So far, it’s been just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?” she said.
There isn’t a lot of news surrounding a new album release yet. But for now, the next time you’re in London, you could just bump into a famous R&B singer, who has seemingly not been recognised out in public, so keep your eyes peeled. But, as to where she lives in London is still anyone’s guess…
Story by Emily Clark
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