Though it’s been a while since Rihanna has released a full-length album, this powerhouse of a pop star is showing no signs of slowing down. In the past year, she has released a chart-topping single with DJ Khaled, designed a stunning new makeup line that debuts in less than a month, and began an initiative to donate bikes to schoolgirls in Malawi. Fans seemingly can’t get enough of Rih Rih’s life, and a few personal details have managed to pique the public’s interest as well. After photos of Rihanna’s yearly trip to Barbados’ festival Cropover surfaced on Instagram, fans went wild for her bejeweled look — including ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who left a suggestive emoji underneath one of her pictures. Fans need not worry about a reunion, though — earlier this year, Rihanna was seen happily embracing Saudi billionaire Hassan Jameel in a pool, and the two have continued to enjoy a drama-free romance.
Meanwhile, makeup lovers are eagerly awaiting the release of Rihanna’s new beauty brand, Fenty Beauty, on September 8. If previous celebrity makeup lines are an accurate measure, the products will quickly sell out at Sephora, where Fenty Beauty will be exclusively sold. There aren’t any details yet on the specific products, shades, or formulas, but teaser photos on Instagram hint that there will be velvety lipsticks and dewy highlighters. Musically, Rihanna’s most recent acclaim stems from her recent single, Wild Thoughts, a collaborative effort with DJ Khaled that currently sits at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is an updated cover of the classic 90s jam, Maria Maria by Santana, and is Rihanna’s first major release since her 2016 album Anti.
The singer is mostly staying out of controversy these days, though a recent anecdote from Diplo revealed that Rih Rih is as fiery as ever. Diplo confessed in a GQ interview that he’d been trying to get Rihanna on a song for years, and that she reacted to one of his beats by saying it sounded like “a reggae song at an airport.” In an unexpected twist, Diplo recently revealed that those headlines led to a conversation between the two about a possible future collaboration. Rumors about other potential collaborations abound, including a possible Buju Banton single. Somehow, Rihanna is still finding time to devote her efforts to what truly matters — giving back to those in need. For schoolgirls in Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa, finding a convenient way to get to school is a major hurdle. The journey to school often involves long walks each day. Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, a non-profit she founded back in 2012, joined forces with bike-sharing company Ofo to provide these schoolgirls with reliable bikes.
With so much going on, it’s understandable that Rihanna hasn’t released much music lately. The pop star isn’t going away any time soon, though, and it looks like her devoted fan base is happy to keep up.