Rihanna visited the West Indies dressing room after their recent match with Sri Lanka.
The likes of England football coach Gareth Southgate, Bollywood star Ranveer Singh, South superstar Mahesh Babu among others have been seen sighted during matches but none have managed to create the buzz that pop queen Rihanna generated on Monday (July 1st) when she was spotted cheering on the West Indies during the 2019 Cricket World Cup clash against Sri Lanka at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Despite West Indies’ narrow loss, Rihanna seemed in high spirits.
The “Diamonds” singer was seen clicking pictures, waving the West Indies flag and applauding the players throughout the game and even met with the players afterward in their dressing room.
Rihanna and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite went to the same school in Barbados. She was a classmate of Carlos’s brother Kraigg Brathwaite, who has fallen out of favor from the Windies cricket team.
The official ICC Instagram page posted video scenes of Rihanna and Chris Gayle meeting.
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In the video clip, Chris Gayle signed his bat and gifts it the Bajan singer.
Captain of the West Indies, Jason Holder, who also hails from Barbados, says Rihanna’s appearance was a pleasant surprise for the entire team.
In a post-match interview, he said “It was great to see her here. I just want to personally thank her for coming out, it’s not easy for a celebrity to come down to Durham to watch the West Indies play but I’m sure the boys felt her presence in the stands. And she came down to the dressing room as well and met quite a few of the players, and that was also refreshing.”
Chris Gayle also made a post online thanking Rihanna and also invited her to his birthday party on the 20th of September.
Rihanna is the first black woman to head a luxury fashion house, one which she has in partnership with Louis Vuitton parent company LVHM. ‘Riri’ was also recently named the richest female musician by Forbes.