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Drake Savagely Targets Rihanna  Proving There Is Only One Winner When You Bash an Ex

Drake Savagely Targets Rihanna Proving There Is Only One Winner When You Bash an Ex

It's no secret Drake has been a huge Rihanna fan for the last 20 years. Despite their on again off again relationship over the last decade, Drake has gone on the record numerous times claiming how valuable their friendship is and will always come first...but as it turns out, sometimes "moving on" from an relationship is easier in theory than in reality.Everyone loves Rihanna, there's just no way around it. The "Kiss It Better" Singer is doing better than ever. After welcoming her second child with A$AP Rocky into the world and that iconic Superbowl performance she did in mid-air despite her fear of heights, while secretly pregnant with her first son?? The word "iconic" was truly reserved for her. Sure, Rihanna hasn't released an album since ANTI (2016) and yet, with her cool girl style and billion dollar Beauty Brand FENTY, she's more relevant than ever. Drake's Lesson In Holding OnBut with adoring fans comes haters and sometimes the ones who hate hardest used to be the ones who loved you the most. In the case of Rihanna's new found happiness, it seems like there's one rapper intent to rain on the on the "Umbrella" singer's parade. There's always two sides to every story, and granted while Drake may not had the reputation as the music industry's most hardcore rapper--we've all been on the bad side of a breakup, and Drake's artistic expression of his pain (if that's what we're calling diss tracks now) is not not relatable. We've all wished told or been told by an ex, "we wish them nothing but the best" during a breakup speech, and then completely rescinded our well wishes, when we see how well their doing with someone new. It's not malicious, it's just human. The only difference is most of us don't have 143 M instagram followers and refer to ourselves as "champagne papi".Drake's New Song "Fear of Heights" is About RihannaFans were quick to point out Drake's new lyrics in his new release "Fear of Heights" seem incredibly pointed towards Rihanna, the new mother of 2. The first tip off, was you know the name of the song "Fear of Heights" considering Rihanna's legitimate fear of heights. Rihanna overcame her phobia in order to give the Superbowl performance of a lifetime! The "Work" singer was harnesses and suspended in mid-air for a portion of her set, and her fearlessness earned her significant praise from fans and critics alike. Song title aside--listening to his lyrics, doesn't help his case that "Fear of Heights" isn't a diss track about everyone's favourite BadGal. With rhymes like: "Why they make it sound like I’m still hung up on you? / That could never be / Gyal can’t ruin me / Better him than me / Better it’s not me" It's hard not to think Drake is taking shots at his Gyal (a slang term for a girl of Jamaican descent) ex and her baby daddy, rapper A$AP Rocky. And needless to say, fans weren't thrilled about it.As much as we all would like to think, we would *never* put our ex on blast like that, the truth is, it's really hard to see someone who hurt you so badly, be so adored. I'm not Drake's psychologist, but you honestly don't have to be to unpack his pretty obvious lyrics. Even when it came to expressing how they felt about each other--it's clear that Hip Hop's "softest" most meme-able rapper, never held back, describing the Barbadian bombshell as his "ultimate dream girl".Meanwhile, Rihanna, (no shade to her) has always kept tight lipped their exact dynamic, keeping not only fans...but maybe even Drake himself, guessing.Drake and Rihanna Over The Years @badgirlriri /InstagramThe "God's Plan" rapper met Rihanna at the start of his career, in 2005 when he appeared as an extra in her music video for Pon De Replay. Though RiRi got a bit of a head start on Drake, the Toronto-native would go on to release his debut studio album "Thank Me Later" in 2010 and continue to make waves in the music industry, but no matter how massive his success got, the "Umbrella" singer left a lasting impression on Drake.Rihanna was already a household name when the duo did their first ever collaboration on "What's My Name". The track was released on Rihanna's fifth studio album LOUD (2010) and was a huge hit.The power couple first sparked dating rumours in 2009, when they were spotted getting cozy at a bowling alley together...but instead of bowling strikes, it turns out Drake was striking out. In 2016, Rihanna cleared the air surrounding her mysterious relationship with Drake, which fans were dying to know more about. In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna confirmed her "last real boyfriend boyfriend" was with controversial ex-Chris Brown. RELATED VIDEO: Rihanna's Cycle of Domestic Abuse | The Story Behind The Tabloids Even though there were signs the pair may have been together, (like their matching tattoos and onstage kiss at the VMAs) it seemed like for Rihanna is was more work, work, work, work, work, than play.It's undeniable the dynamic duo can make magic together. "Too Good"? "Take Care"?? "Work"?!? Bangers. It's just maybe "work" is where it ends for Rihanna. And that's ok.It's A Case Of: "She's Just Not That Into You"@champagnepapi/InstagramIt looks like when Rihanna's in love she's all in. She and A$AP Rocky have 2 kids under 2. She's obviously not a commitment-phobe. It also seems from his lyrics, that Drake is the kind of guy who can't take a hint. Did any of us ever think Drake was going to "start a family" with Rihanna? No. Unfortunately though, after birthing two baby boys with another man, Drake is just coming around to this conclusion himself. It undoubtedly stings. While I can't say whether or not Drake is truly love sick or it's a case of a man who wants what he can't have (I mean, I get it. Who among us!), whatever it is, he's still writing passive aggressive lyrics about it, so he's probably not over it. But--*controversial opinion incoming*--he doesn't have to be, not yet at least.Drake's Lesson on Letting Go While we should never endorse low-pot shots written in poor taste, part of being an artist (if we're calling Drake that) is processing pain through artistic mediums. While Drake is by no means Tupac Shakur, his success suggests his lyrics speak into the lives and hearts of so many of his fans. That is a good thing.Drake is processing his breakup five years too late, but honestly, you get it when you get it. The rule goes both ways. If Rihanna has really moved on with her life (which, it seems like she has) Drake's kvetching shouldn't phase her, and in fact, it probably doesn't. If nothing else, Rihanna probably knows she's a tough woman to lose!It's painful seeing an ex not thinking about you at all, when all you're doing is thinking about them! It's brutal when a job you gave so many years of your life to, suddenly kicks you to the curb and finds *a new you* to do your job old job, without so much as a goodbye.It's hurtful when your oldest friend finds a new group of besties and opts to hang with them while you slowly grow in different directions. Heartbreak comes in all kinds of forms. For Drake, it still really hurts, and that's just fine. Time really does heal all wounds. Days pass and that hurt will be a little less and a little less, until one day, he'll (hopefully) be able to look back on lyrics like "xx" and have empathy for the hurting person he used to be. Even farther into the future and--like the rest of us reading old facebook inboxes or diary entries we wrote in high school--he'll probably. Here's to hoping when that day comes, he'll have a good woman by his side to laugh with him.MORE FROM GOALCASTTaylor Swift Serves “Karma” to Kanye West 13 Years Later – And It’s MagnificentThe Powerful Reason Why Rihanna and Drake Had To Stay ApartHow Rihanna & A$AP Rocky Proved Friendship Is Essential to Romance

Rihanna's Life Story: From Island Tomboy to Platinum Pop Sensation
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Rihanna's Life Story: From Island Tomboy to Platinum Pop Sensation

From singing into a hairbrush to selling millions of albums worldwide, Rihanna's story is a mixed bag of strength, luck, and perseverance.Now thriving as a fashion icon and music idol, she often refers to her childhood struggles as the driving force behind her many ventures. Her life wasn't always about making headlines and performing concerts. On the contrary, Rihanna's story begins on a small island with a drug-addicted father and a producer who didn't think she could sing.Here is Rihanna's life story:Growing up in a troubled homeRobyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20th in 1988, in Saint Michael Parish on the island of Barbados. She was the eldest child born to humble parents. Her mother worked as an accountant and her father was a warehouse supervisor.Rihanna grew up in a small bungalow along with her two younger brothers. Money was always low throughout her childhood. Yet her father would come home drunk having spent half his paycheck on alcohol and crack. His addictions put tremendous strain on the family and his drug-induced tempers would often turn physical. While her mother was the primary target, on one occasion he turned on Rihanna after she asked to stay 10 more minutes at the beach.When her father lost his job, everything got worse. Food became scarce, the house was littered with drug paraphernalia, and Rihanna would walk in on her father smoking crack. She closed herself off and would barely speak to anyone. It became so stressful that she suffered from intense headaches, which led to countless exams and the belief that she had a tumor.At school, things weren't much better. Rihanna was a bright student, particularly in math and chemistry, but her grades began to decline. She was constantly bullied over her light complexion - due to her father's Irish descendence. But Rihanna had been toughened by her father's behavior and would settle the tauntings with her fists.At seven years old, Rihanna found an escape from her life's chaos. She'd turn on the radio and sing into a hairbrush along with her idols Madonna, Mariah Carey, and Janet Jackson. During these short-lived moments of happiness, Rihanna felt like she belonged. She knew in her heart that her future was in music - although it seemed unlikely to happen while on the small island.A teen with a dreamAt 14, her parents divorced and she was finally free from her crippling headaches. But now her mother had to work full-time, meaning Rihanna had to grow up fast. She helped make ends meet by working a cash register and selling clothes in a stall on the street.Rihanna was now the primary caretaker of her youngest brother, but she also nurtured her love of music. She drew inspiration from reggae legend Bob Marley, who she considered an example to follow for aspiring artists in the Caribbean.As time passed, Rihanna couldn't shake the feeling that she could become a star if only the right person heard her sing. So she raised her chances by singing at the beach, at social gatherings, and at her high school talent show - which she won after singing Mariah Carey's "Hero".Although becoming a singing sensation wasn't her only aspiration at the time. Growing up with brothers also gave her the need to prove she was tough. She embraced a tomboy dress sense and became a cadet, rising to the rank of corporal. After years of bullying and witnessing her father's abusive behavior, Rihanna refused to appear vulnerable to anyone - an attitude she upholds to this day.First big breakAt 15, Rihanna formed a musical trio with her classmates. They performed at every possible venue, mostly covering songs by Destiny's Child. One day, Rihanna's friend revealed that her mother was acquainted with the record producer Evan Rogers, who just happened to be on holiday in Barbados with his wife. Rihanna jumped at the opportunity and asked her friend to set up an audition. The trio had no band name or formal training, but she couldn't miss the chance to be heard.Soon after, the group arrived at Evan Rogers' hotel suite and waited nervously in the lobby. Rihanna fidgeted while deeply regretting her fashion choice of pink capris with a pink shirt. She hoped her makeup looked passable, considering her mother had never allowed her to wear makeup before.Finally, the three girls were called in. As soon as Rihanna stepped inside, Evan was instantly taken by her Bajan beauty. Her fierce, green eyes and carefully applied makeup graced her with a presence that made him forget the two other girls existed. However, from experience, Evan suspected "the pretty one" of the group couldn't sing.He was wrong. The group performed two songs, and it was clear to Evan that Rihanna was meant for music. The audition ended, he thanked the girls and sent them on their way. It was unclear whether he would follow up or not, but Rihanna clung to the hope that he would.Soon enough, Evan called and requested that Rihanna and her mother fly over to the United States for a demo recording. Rihanna was over the moon, and after a few visits, she gained her mother's permission to move to Connecticut and live with Evan and his wife while she recorded her very first album.You may never be good enough for everybody, but you will always be the best for somebody.The debut that topped the chartsOver the next year, 16-year-old Rihanna recorded four tracks, including a bubbly dancehall jam called "Pon de Replay". The demo was sent out to various labels, one being Def Jam Recordings, where rapper Jay Z was just appointed as CEO. The rapper was impressed but considered the songs were 'too big' for the girl singing them. Nevertheless, Jay Z asked her to audition for him so he could see for himself.Rihanna was now 17 and already on her way to audition for her first record label. She had spent the entire night choosing an outfit and was shaking at the thought of singing in front of Jay Z. Although the moment she began to sing Whitney Housten's "For the Love of You", Jay Z was sold. He could tell by the resolute look in her eyes that she was going to be a star - with or without him. So he asked her to sign with his label. They ended up staying until 3 am sifting through all the details of the contract. But Rihanna didn't mind, her life-long dream was officially afoot.Over the following month, Rihanna happily worked with various producers to complete her debut album. She chose her favorite track "Pon de Replay" as the lead single and in May 2005, it came second on the US Billboard and was among the top five hits worldwide. Rihanna was now on the map and quickly became a recognized name in the music industry.Only eight months later, Rihanna released her second album A Girl Like Me, which launched two more hits. The track "SOS" became her first number one single and went Platinum. But before the glitz and glam of fame swept Rihanna away, Jay Z gave her a few words of advice which she still follows today,Don't change who you are, never forget where you came from, and always stay humble.Relationship with Chris BrownAt only 19 years old, Rihanna was topping the charts and living the dream. She continued to work with Jay Z and released the smash hit "Umbrella", which won Rihanna her very first Grammy Award.For her next albums, Rihanna assumed creative control and reinvented her music. As someone who quickly grows bored of the same things, she decided it was time to transform her cutesy image into something risque and sexy. Her music videos became more suggestive and controversial, but her fanbase grew along with her worldwide acclaim.At 21 years old, her fame gained a different kind of attention. Rihanna began dating Chris Brown, a rapper from an equally turbulent childhood. The relationship was rocky, and on the night before her performance at the 51st Grammy Awards, Rihanna found suspicious texts on his phone. She promptly confronted him while they drove home, only to discover he had cheated on her with a former employee. The argument became heated and Chris threw the first punch. Rihanna, a tough woman with military training, fought back. It became a full-on battle inside the car, where she emerged severely cut and bruised - with marks of strangulation around her neck.The traumatic event ensued in a media firestorm. But just like she did back in her teens, Rihanna put up her guard and refused to show herself as a vulnerable victim. Instead, she chose to use this experience as another step in her success story. Rihanna became a spokesperson and collaborated with artists such as Eminem and Kanye West in songs about domestic violence.However, her familiarity with abusive men made it hard for her to leave the relationship completely. After the restraining order was reduced to enable a professional relationship, Rihanna became involved with Chris once again. Although it didn't take long before she finally decided enough was enough and left him for good.Sure, you wish you did some things differently. But there is no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things you have no power to change.Business ventures and influencing generationsDespite her young age, Rihanna's dream of getting her music out into the world falls short of her current reality. Within a decade, she has become a best-selling songwriter, singer, and actress. She has sold over 540 million albums worldwide, won countless awards, and is the youngest solo artist to score 14 Billboard music hits. She has appeared in Hollywood blockbusters, named a major cultural influencer, and even has a national holiday under her name in Barbados.But Rihanna has never been one to settle. She has also established herself as an edgy entrepreneur in the realms of fashion and beauty. Her latest business venture being her new cosmetic company Fenty Beauty, the first makeup line to offer a largely diverse variety of skin shades.For all the wealth and fame she has gathered since her debut, Rihanna is eager to put her influence to good use. At only 18, she created Believe Foundation to help terminally ill children. From then on, she has funded countless charity ventures for causes ranging from cancer research to medical supplies for disaster victims. Former President Barack Obama has personally praised her work, stating "You've become a powerful force in the fight to give people dignity."With a headstrong character and a heart of gold, Rihanna is in a league of her own. She maintains a tenacious resolve to live her life on her own terms while helping others and inspiring upcoming generations to do more. Regardless of the bumps along the way, Rihanna is proud to say she always follows her heart, and encourages you to do the same.When you follow the things that feel great to you, you can never lose.

Rihanna: The Power of Helping Others

Rihanna: The Power of Helping Others

Rihanna - One By One Singer Rihanna gives an inspiring speech about the power of helping others in any way that you can, without expecting anything in return. Transcript: "When I was five or six years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials, and I was seeing other children suffer in other parts of the world. The commercials where you could give 25 cent and save a child's life. I would think to myself, I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa. At 17, I started my career here in America and by the age of 18 I started my first charity organization. I went on to team up with other organizations in the following years, and met, helped and even lost some of the most beautiful souls. We're all human, and we all just want a chance. A chance at life, a chance at an education, a chance at a future really. I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person. Expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian. "It starts with your neighbor. The person right next to you, the person sitting next to you in class, the kid down the block in your neighborhood. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can. Today, I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person. One organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, 'If you got a dollar, there's plenty to share.' Thank you ladies and gentlemen, it was my honor."