Rihanna dined on seafood at the trendy restaurant. Also, there is a guy that's eating Bieber posters
If we see Rihanna and Chris Brown at one more event, club, or restaurant, we're going to announce their official reunion ourselves. In other news, Zac Efron has eaten fertilized duck eggs before.
Sofia Vergara downed truffle fries before dancing on a table at a friend's birthday party at Bagatelle in New York City. [New York Daily News]
Maria Shriver and son Patrick went to lunch at A Votre Sante Restaurant in Brentwood, Calif. [Celebuzz]
Mandy Moore appeased her caffeine fix at Coffee Commissary in West Hollywood, Calif. [Just Jared]
Out with her gal pals, Rihanna grabbed dinner and partied before the singer, headed out to yet another club with her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown. [NY Post]
Halle Berry and fiance Olivier Martinez dined at Pink Taco Sunset Strip for lunch. [Just Jared]
Selena Gomez had a quiet lunch at Sushi Dan in Studio City, Calif. [Just Jared]
Chris Evans picked up two sandwiches from Which Wich in Studio City, Calif. [Just Jared]
Seen & Heard
Zac Efron has eaten balut and he's proud of it. [Grub Street]
Taylor Swift and her mom went grocery shopping with her mom at The Portobello Road Market in London. [Celebuzz]
Sharon Osbourne's 60th birthday was celebrated with a British-themed party and cake on her daytime talk show The Talk. [People]
Chrissy Teigen stocked up on Lay's potato chips and DiGiorno frozen pizza. [Instagram/Crissy_Teigen]
Sting celebrated his birthday with a stack of books and chocolate cupcakes. [Instagram/RollingStone]
The cast of Guys with Kidsvery treated to hot dogs at a recent VH1 set visit. [Instagram/VH1]
Minka Kelly grabbed a juice on the go from Earthbar in West Hollywood, Calif. [Celebuzz]
There is a gentleman that eats Justin Bieber posters. Yes, you read that correctly. [Grub Street]
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The astonishing story of the creation of Rihanna: a saga spanning eight years (that long!), two countries, one pink cannon, and a really quick prayer. Starting at the end. (But first: a video. And then pictures.)
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IN THE AUDIENCE AT THE NASSAU COLISEUM, LONG ISLAND, LATE JULY
She comes onto the stage in a cage. She wears a shiny blue raincoat, a jewel-encrusted bikini peeking out of it. Tall platform heels. Her curly red wig bounces as she skips out of the cage and intimately into our lives.
We are not even properly introduced, yet her hands are everywhere.
She grabs her own radiant ass &mdash she handles it, offers it &mdash like it's a rump roast. She squats and spreads her legs, settles a hand between them, where it stays. Caresses her breasts. She masturbates a dancer with the help of a cane. She pretends to go down on the keytarist.
Rihanna doesn't really dance. She exhibits "moves," sure. She dips. Marches. Stalks. Straddles the barrel of a giant pink cannon. Jogs occasionally. But it's not dancing. Altogether it amounts to choreographed oozing.
She picks a member of the audience to have simulated sex with. She guides the subject over to the platform in the middle of the stage. She commands the subject to lie back. She straddles the subject. She grinds. This part is not simulated.
Madonna once did a Vegas-revue version of this show, but Rihanna is the indisputable champion of carnal pop. At this moment, in this room, she is the essence of Fuck.
It's toward the end of the show &mdash after "S&M," "Disturbia," "Only Girl (In the World)," "Run This Town," "Skin," and "Pon de Replay." After "Come on, rude boy / boy is you big enough?" and "Sex in the air / I don't care / I love the smell of it" and "I'll tell you all the secrets / that I'm keepin' / you can come inside" &mdash after all that, she stops everything.
Hold up, hold up. I just want to say .
It's a shout-out. Things get quiet.
My mom and grandma are in the house tonight.
And, uh, well. even the ten-year-olds seem puzzled.
BACKSTAGE AT THE IZOD CENTER, NEW JERSEY, A COUPLE DAYS LATER
Twenty-three years after being born poor in Barbados, eight years after being discovered there by a producer on vacation, six years after being signed by Jay-Z, two years after being savagely beaten by her former boyfriend, the asshole Chris Brown, nine months after releasing an album that has yielded three number-one singles, she emerges from the dressing room in full regalia and walks out into the big void under the stands of the Izod Center. She's wearing the bikini. From here, about six feet away, you can see that it's encrusted with dozens of small stones of various colors. It must weigh twenty pounds. It's not as shiny up close. It's chunky. It looks like a pain to wear. Like it might chafe.
She smells like coconut and vanilla. In her pink, orange, and yellow platform heels, she stands six two, easy.
She is lacquered. She glistens. She looks wet, actually. As if she's just been dipped into the baptismal font. She wipes herself off with a paper towel. Her bodyguard watches this. And her personal assistant, Jen. And her best friend, Melissa. And her other best friend, her cousin Noella. (These three women make up the core entourage. They are with her always.) Her manager and Jay-Z's right-hand man, Jay Brown, who has the best smile in the history of music. Her choreographer, Tanisha. Her image consultant, Ciara. Her two back-up singers. Guitar legend Nuno Bettencourt (the Nuno Bettencourt). The random assortment of people with all-access passes. Assemblages of bored men in color-coded T-shirts that say STAFF or VENDING or SECURITY. Everybody kind of looks as she wipes and preens and buffs herself to a perfect low gloss in a glorious ablution.
She sips vodka as she walks down a corridor to the back of the stage.
She says, "House." And the lights in the stadium go off. The crowd goes batshit.
Sweet Jesus, she's praying three seconds before she goes out there. She prays for God (a loving, generous god) to come into the place (the Izod Center) and make it amazing for herself and for the audience, who are one (kind of a Unitarian Universalist deal).
(Never fails either. No shit? Because He's awesome. Amen.)
Say you were right underneath stage right, in the wardrobe room. The music is muffled when you're down here it's like listening to a neighbor's loud stereo. The changing area is defined only by curtains. There's a makeup table in the room and Jen and Beth, the wardrobe assistant, and a rack containing every outfit she will wear. They look smaller on hangers.
After the third song, you look up and see Rihanna running straight for you, hauling ass in her high heels. She is running so fast that she stops herself by holding on to the railing above her head. She kicks off her one shoe and then the other. She does not talk. You do not talk. Off comes the bikini top over her head. She pulls the bottom down over her fishnets. You hand her a white leather bodysuit as the band starts in on the cover of Prince's "Darling Nikki." When you fumble around a bit &mdash and why wouldn't you fumble around a bit? &mdash she says, in a strained whisper, "Hurry the fuck up." She hates talking to her team like that. She feels awful about it. But sometimes she has to. That's just the way it is. That's what she says over dinner a few days later.
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DINNER AT HER FAVORITE RESTAURANT, GIORGIO BALDI, A QUAINT ITALIAN PLACE IN SANTA MONICA, A FEW DAYS LATER
Walking into the restaurant, you want there to be a big red wig as a kind of landmark. But there is no red wig. No extensions. Nothing. Just reddish-brown, shoulder-length hair in tight curls. Her actual hair. Normal hair. It looks newly shampooed. She is very much unpainted and unlacquered, and is altogether somewhat less Rihanna than when you saw her before. A simple gray tank, white pants, heels.
She's already eaten. There are plates of pasta everywhere. Family-style. And glasses of moscato.
Jen, Melissa, and Noella are with her, of course.
The bodyguard sits by himself at another table.
After some small talk, the entourage core decamps. They just float away. She presents a plate of gnocchi. Have some!
Corner table. Ample elbow room. Candlelight. Gnocchi &mdash cold, but still. Moscato. Shitty Italian music at exactly the right volume. Attentive waiters. Doting restaurant owners. It's a delight is what it is.
She could not be more focused, engaged, affable. Her posture is impeccable.
She talks about how a day on tour works, about how after she's Skyped with her vocal coach and sucked on lozenges and steamed her voice and done her own makeup (she always does her own makeup), Jen hands her the liquor for nerves.
I have to have it. I take it very seriously, so there is a level of anxiety, always. I overthink everything when it comes to my job.
She talks about the simulated sex.
The way I pick the person is, whoever I feel doesn't take themselves too seriously, or who I think would be majorly embarrassed about it. Like these old men. it's hilarious.
She's right. Come to think of it, it is hilarious.
Did you see the one who was getting way too comfortable?
I can't remember the city, but I remember what the guy looked like.
He was just getting excited.
She talks about the show she's going to play in Barbados in a couple of weeks &mdash the first show she's ever played in her home country.
Early on in your career, you used the word hate a lot when describing the way the people of Barbados responded to your success.
I grew to realize that that hate was just pride. I realized that it's a part of our culture. I'm always representing Barbados. All over the world, no matter what I was doing, no matter what I achieved, no matter what award it was, I always shouted them out. So, I started making them feel like, "This is our girl. If people in the UK could get this excited about her, what's wrong with us?"
You're the most famous person in the history of your country.
And I never turned my back, too.
Here's the thing about Barbados. The people of Barbados had no idea who Robyn Rihanna Fenty was until 2005, when The BarbadosAdvocate told them she signed a deal with Jay-Z in the U. S. Who is Rihanna? they asked. And they really wanted to know, too. Someone spray-painted it in big letters on a wall at the University of the West Indies: wHO IS RIHANNA? No one had ever heard of her. (Even the people who knew her didn't know what she was up to in the U. S. They thought she was visiting her grandparents in Brooklyn.) She didn't come up like singers usually come up in Barbados. She didn't come up as a Caribbean singer &mdash a "soca artist." She never wanted to be that. She wanted to be Beyoncé or Mariah from the outset. So she found herself a couple of American producers who happened to hang out in Barbados.
Picture two white guys. Now picture two white guys who used to be in a group called Rhythm Syndicate &mdash Carl Sturken on guitar, Evan Rogers on vocals. Their big hit was "P.A.S.S.I.O.N." (1991. YouTube it. It is remarkable.) Then Nirvana happened and they transitioned into producing. everyone: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson. If a young woman was coming up in the late '90s and early '00s, she took a train from Manhattan to Bronxville, New York, to work with Carl and Evan.
They'd both married Bajan (pronounced like "Cajun," based on how the British colonists pronounced "Barbadian") women after being stranded there once after a gig, so they were in Barbados every year. On one of these trips, Evan got a call about a girl group that wanted to audition. So Robyn Fenty and her two friends went down to the Accra Beach Hotel on the southern coast and they sang three songs. Classic story: Evan calls up only one of them and says, "You were great." So Robyn comes back the next day by herself, straight from Combermere School (a good school for smart kids, too &mdash one of the best on the island). She was still wearing her gray school-uniform skirt. She sang a couple more songs for him that afternoon. She didn't have a great voice, but she had something. And whatever it was, it was effortless. So Evan asked her to come to the U. S. to work with him and Carl in Bronxville. She could live with him and his wife, Jackie, in their place in Connecticut. So she did.
Her mom was there for a week. Robyn stayed for the rest of her life. A few months in, after rehearsing in Carl and Evan's studios in New York, they took her to Def Jam: Jay-Z and his A&R guy, Jay Brown, who didn't let her leave the building. Signed her that very night. Sure, she turned her back. But what fifteen-year-old wouldn't?
The part about Chris Brown is like a needle scratching across a record, even though she literally doesn't bat an eyelash. And she doesn't bat an eyelash because it is the most obvious subject in the world.
It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know? I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan. Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me. It was taking up too much of my time. It was too much anger. I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have.
Jen sits down at the table and doesn't say anything.
Are you here to tell us to wrap it up?
Soon, yes. It's about to be one, and we've got a shoot tomorrow.
Jen doesn't leave the table. Just sits there and looks down at her BlackBerry.
Rihanna makes a pssst sound to grab Jen's attention. Then she jerks her head toward the entourage core's temporary field headquarters. So Jen gets up and goes back to where she was. Like a boss. Beautiful. It's around one.
The conversation turns to sex. (Because it's actually the most obvious subject in the world.)
At the end of a concert, I don't feel like I've been this sexy thing. Really, I don't even think about it.
Unless it's a song that really calls for it, like "Skin" or "S&M," or when I cover "Darling Nikki." There's a section that's called "Sex" in the show, which is the obvious section for sexuality.
There aren't sexuality sections. The whole show is sex.
The whole show is in sections.
I'm refuting what you're saying.
What I'm saying is, that's the only part that's deliberate, you know?
Like, really? Honestly, even if it comes across sexual &mdash it has to be a part of my subconscious thought. It's never deliberate in the rest of the show. I don't even really. I could see "What's My Name?" &mdash the dancing is pretty sexy. "Rude Boy." But I don't know. I guess people find different things sexy.
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BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS. IN THE PRESS-BOX-TURNED-CATERING-ROOM AT KENSINGTON OVAL, THE NATIONAL CRICKET STADIUM
She's been in Barbados for a week. As part of her duties as Barbados tourism ambassador (she recently signed a three-year contract), she danced in the final parade of the monthlong Crop Over Festival, the carnival season of Barbados. The videos of her dancing ended up on gossip sites in the U. S. (The video for "Cheers (Drink to That)," the last single off Loud, also contains footage of her dancing in the parade. It contains footage of much of what happens in Barbados.) Rihanna,one of the most successful pop singers in history, was wearing a skimpier costume than she had ever worn in public. She was dancing on a float (with Jen right next to her), drinking, occasionally jumping off the float to grind against someone. She was mocked online all over the place, but it looked like a really good time. And it was authentically Bajan.
It's about four hours from showtime. There's food set up in the press box.
A kiss on one cheek. A kiss on the other cheek. No coconut. No vanilla. No heels. Almost no makeup. Her hair's pulled back to reveal the full landscape of her forehead. She's wearing an orange jumper. She looks sixteen.
The huge windows of the press box are covered by a shroud &mdash black curtains that are split in a few places so you can see the field. She stands there staring into a split in the curtains. What she's seeing is thousands of her countrymen assembled out on the pitch for her, for the first time.
The crowd is dressed up. Almost all of the women in the stadium look like they're wearing brand-new cocktail dresses. At Rihanna shows in the U. S., nineteen-year-old girls wear matching black T-shirts that they've ripped and tied and bedazzled with Rihanna lyrics in puff paint: "I may be bad, but I'm perfectly good at it!" or "Chains and whips excite me." Or they wear matching red wigs, just like Rihanna's. But the Bajans look exalted.
She just stares out. She looks tentative. She asks about the mahimahi before catching an elevator to her dressing room one floor down.
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THE FAMILY BOX, DURING THE SHOW
Everybody's up here on the balcony of the building that houses the press box of the Kensington Oval. Carl's here. Her two brothers. A multitude of cousins. Grandpa's in town from Brooklyn, along with Grandma. And Mom.
Grandma and mom &mdash the two women she gave a shout-out to back on Long Island. I like to say that I'm a bad bitch, she went on to say.
But they are badder bitches than me.
The ancestral bitches! The collective nod from the Long Island teenagers, the hands in the air, the approbative "Woo!" One bad bitch begat another bad bitch, who begat another. Respect.
Here in Barbados, when you get a good look at her, Rihanna's grandma, a lovely woman, doesn't look "bad bitch" at all.
The show is the same as any of the other Loud tour shows. The Barbados Department of Tourism wants it that way.
The only difference is this note of thanks:
I travel everywhere in the world and nothing feels like this place. And it all started two streets over from this oval where I grew up, where I was raised, right there in Westbury &mdash singing in the shower, annoying my neighbors.
It's true: From here, you'd just head up a couple blocks and take a left on Westbury Road. Ask anyone walking on the sidewalk, "Where's Rihanna's house?" Then just keep asking people. "Robyn's my girl. I helped to raise her" you'll get back. Zero in on a tiny house right off Westbury on one of the numbered streets, squeezed in with all the others on this narrow block, one of the poorer blocks in this middle-class country. More unlikely stories have been told, but you have to think real hard. And yeah, from the sidewalk outside her old house, you can hear anything going on in Kensington Oval.
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SRP PRODUCTION STUDIOS IN BRONXVILLE, A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER
Carl and Evan are talking Rihanna in a room filled with tons of music equipment and posters and computers and guitars and pianos. The whole place is a series of dens. Their studios are in an affluent suburb about a half-hour's ride from Grand Central. As white as white gets. This is the first place Robyn landed when she came to the States. She rehearsed here while she lived in Connecticut with Evan. She cut her first single here. She got ready for the big meetings here.
Carl and Evan talk about her like proud parents. (They are truly the kind of strange white guys you would want taking care of your Barbadian daughter in the earliest phases of her music career.) They bring out photo albums. And there she is! Right there with Britney before she was Britney, Christina before she was Christina, Jessica before she was Jessica. Girls. Four-by-sixes in sleeves.
There's her first interview on MTV's TRL. And her first performance for MTV's Video Music Awards,where she and her dancers are wearing carnival gear. The crowd has been supplied with small Barbadian flags.
There's one where she's rehearsing a ballad in the same room we're sitting in. She sounds good. Her voice is serviceable. She cringes when she hits a wrong note. She takes direction from Carl and Evan as she's singing. She tries out a choreographed move with her arms and laughs like she's embarrassed, but otherwise she stands completely still. She looks like she's auditioning for a high school play.
You wanna see the signing video? You gotta see the signing video.
The signing takes place around three in the morning, after she's sung three songs, incorporating a little choreography that she developed on her own. We had no idea. She practiced without telling us. Carl and Evan are in the room. Lawyers for both sides. Carl and Evan sign their deal first. Then she enters the camera's field of view. She's wearing an outfit she bought herself. White puffy jacket. White pants. Rihanna is not yet here. She sits down as Robyn at the head of the conference table. Sixteen years old. It's like in the movies: "And here. and right here. and if you could just sign here. and here. and initial here." Her smile grows with each signature. Someone pulls the papers away. Then she closes her eyes and makes a fist and pulls it down and, with a smirk, whispers, Yes.
Rihanna Rocks Sexy Satin Dress & Boots For Night Out — Pic
Rihanna has always been an inspired fashionista, but she took her latest look to new heights with some vintage vibes. The Savage X Fenty founder, 33, stepped out on the evening of March 23 in West Hollywood and hit up Nobu for dinner. While heading towards the restaurant, paparazzi captured the singer and mogul’s epic look for the night.
Rihanna spotted out in LA on Tuesday night, as she enjoyed dinner with some friends. The singer looked absolutely radiant in a pearlescent satin dress and aviator jacket as she made her way inside [SplashNews]. The star sported a gorgeous ivory satin dress with a scooped neckline and crinkled fabric around the skirt. The dress featured a midi length — just below Riri’s knees — and complimented the star effortlessly. Rihanna paired her dress with a set of pointed toe boots that rested just above her ankles. Topping off the look, Rihanna added an aviator jacket which featured hues of mocha and taupe. Along with her look, she also wore a black face mask to keep herself and those around her safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rihanna has seriously been giving fans so much life with her fashion choices as of late. The singer proved that she was wholly ready for spring when she stepped out on March 19 in a pastel look. The coat was a vintage piece by Chanel and featured hues of pink and blue, while the blue necklace she wore was a stunning s accessory by Dior by John Galliano. You can see the ensemble below!
Rihanna exits Italian restaurant Giorgio Baldi after having dinner in Santa Monica on March 19, 2021 [MEGA]. Rihanna’s style has been giving off major s vibes, but we’re not surprised that the mogul is jumping on reimagined trends from decades ago. Rihanna has always been an icon in the world of fashion, and her inclusive platform when it comes to Savage X Fenty has inspired millions. While Rihanna has been looking ready for spring with her own looks that she’s sported while out and about, she’s also shown that her label is ready to head into the new season.
Prior to her latest outings, Rihanna debuted the Savage X Fenty spring collection. Much like her recent vintage looks, the collection features a slew of s inspired floral patterns and cuts, perfect for a sexy throwback to make any person feel confident. We love seeing Rihanna’s style evolution continue to unfold and we cannot wait to see what trend she tries next!
Rihanna Sizzles In Green Mini Dress & Matching Head Scarf During Late Night Dinner Date — Pics
Rihanna, 33, was looking incredible during her latest outing! The singer enjoyed dinner at The Nice Guy restaurant in West Hollywood, CA on Apr. 10 while wearing a green mini dress that had a floral pattern on it underneath a brown shearling coat. She also wore matching green heels and a matching stylish head scarf.
Rihanna walking outside The Nice Guy. (MEGA)
The beauty accessorized her look with diamond anklets around her ankles and stud earrings in her ears. She also carried a designer purse and brought out her features with makeup that included bright red lipstick. She was all smiles while walking by photographers and appeared relaxed for the evening as she stayed safe in a white face mask.
Rihanna showing off her green dress. (MEGA)
Before her latest outing, Rihanna made headlines for crashing a fan’s birthday party in the sweetest way. A video from the bash went viral and showed RiRi dancing by a table while holding up a phone and wearing a red blazer and jeans. She was smiling and talking to the fan, who was sitting at a table in what looked like a restaurant while looking absolutely in awe of her presence.
Details about the event were revealed when the birthday girl’s best friend, Nini, explained what happened in a TikTok video. &ldquoSo we&rsquore at dinner, right? And we see her, she&rsquos sitting across from us,&rdquo she explained in the video before saying she &ldquowalked up to her table&rdquo and asked the “Stay” crooner if she could take a pic or say hello to her BFF. &ldquoShe was like, &lsquoGo back to the table and say I said &lsquono.&rsquo But when the cakes comes out, I&rsquom going to walk up to the table and surprise her.&rdquo
“So thats literally exactly what she did,&rdquo Nini continued, who also gushed that Rihanna was so &ldquonice&rdquo about everything. &ldquoAs soon as the cake was coming to the table, she followed our waitress,&rdquo she said.
When Rihanna’s not wowing people with her outfits or surprising fans, she’s keeping fans on their toes about new music. She recently revealed she might release a new song soon in an answer to a fan on Instagram. &ldquoI think I should. just 1 tho lol,” she wrote when the fan suggested she should.
Margaret Wetzler was fresh out of culinary school when she was hired as Prince’s private chef.
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Wetzler had to be on call 24/7 and was instructed by one of the singer’s three assistants, “not to speak to Prince unless spoken to.” However, Wetzler told Food & Wine in 2016 that Prince was polite and always introduced her to his guests, even though he didn’t know a thing about her.
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CNN is acknowledging it was "inappropriate" for its anchor Chris Cuomo to advise his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), on how to handle his sexual harassment scandal. The CNN host took part in a series of strategy calls earlier this year focused on how to respond after the New York governor faced allegations of sexual harassment, The Washington Post revealed on Thursday. These calls reportedly included the governor's top aide, communications team, lawyers, and advisers, and the CNN anchor urged his brother not to resign while citing "cancel culture," the Post says. Chris Cuomo hosts a nightly show on CNN, and he said in March he could "obviously" not cover his brother's scandal on the air, though CNN would continue to do so. But Cuomo taking part in these advisory calls "cuts against the widely accepted norm in journalism that those reporting the news should not be involved in politics," the Post wrote, with Columbia Journalism School professor Nicholas Lemann saying, "If you are actively advising a politician in trouble while being an on-air host on a news network, that's not okay." CNN in a statement to the Post confirmed that Cuomo, who "often serves as a sounding board for his brother," participated in these calls and said doing so was "inappropriate" but that he won't be disciplined. "It was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the governor's staff, which Chris acknowledges," CNN said. "He will not participate in such conversations going forward." CNN previously faced criticism for allowing Chris Cuomo to interview his brother numerous times on the air early on during the COVID-19 pandemic last year. The network has said it "made an exception to a rule that we have had in place since 2013 which prevents Chris from interviewing his brother" during this time but that this rule has since been reimposed. More stories from theweek.comThe enormous downside of another long, public Trump investigation that comes to nothingWhat the left gets wrong about the Israel-Palestine conflictAngelina Jolie stands perfectly still, unshowered, covered in bees for World Bee Day
Footage shows troopers stunning, hitting, and dragging a Black man before his death. Police initially claimed he died in a car crash.
The body-camera footage was released two years after Ronald Greene died in Louisiana State Police custody.
All the Details on Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's New York City Date Night
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky are quietly continuing to enjoy quality time together.
The couple, who spent Christmas Eve together in her home country of Barbados, were spotted together on a dinner date in New York City on Monday, Jan. 18.
They ate at popular Italian restaurant Emilio's Ballato, the eatery that is located in the Soho neighborhood and owned by Katie Holmes' boyfriend, chef Emilio Vitolo Jr. The Ocean's 8 star was photographed outside of the restaurant, as seen below.
"Rihanna arrived with a group of friends and met A$AP Rocky there," a source tells E! News. "They entered the restaurant through different doors and tried to be discreet. A$AP Rocky entered behind a bodyguard and ducked inside quickly. Once everyone arrived, they sat together with a group of friends."
The insider shares that the group was honoring ASAP Yams, A$AP Rocky's late business partner who died Jan. 18, 2015 at age 26. ASAP Yams' fans and loved ones celebrate "Yams Day" each year to mark the anniversary of his passing.
"Everyone gathered together for dinner and to share stories," the source continues. "There was lots of food passed around the table and laughter coming from inside. They stayed for over two hours before leaving separately. Rihanna left with friends and avoided being seen with Rocky."
Neither Rihanna nor A$AP Rocky has commented publicly about their relationship. They have been longtime friends and have also collaborated together, which includes recording the 2012 song "Cockiness (Love It)."
There have been romance rumors and sightings involving Rihanna and A$AP Rocky for quite some time. On Dec. 24, 2020, the 32-year-old "Only Girl (In the World)" vocalist and 32-year-old rapper were photographed strolling hand-in-hand on a pier before enjoying a sunset cruise with friends.
Additionally, they were seen hanging out with friends at NYC hotspot The Beatrice Inn on Nov. 29.
A year ago, the pair enjoyed a laugh together backstage at the 2020 Yams Day Benefit Concert in NYC. This was in January 2020, the same month that E! News learned Rihanna and Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel had ended their three-year relationship.
Rihanna wears see-through pants to her mom’s birthday dinner
Rihanna stepped out in style for her mom Monica Braithwaite’s birthday in NYC on Monday night, donning completely see-through pants for a celebratory dinner at Pastis.
She kept her look monochromatic, pairing the sheer brown Supriya Lele slacks with a Saint Laurent leather blazer and studded Bottega Veneta gloves ($670) in the same mocha hue.
The “Love on the Brain” hitmaker, 33, accessorized with a David Yurman gold chain and completed the look with a Fendi logo tote and the same white Attico slingbacks ($688) she wore with a different leather look in January.
A source told Page Six that Rihanna was “giddy” and “laughing” as she entered the Meatpacking District eatery, and arrived fashionably late around 10 p.m.
The nine-person party also included the superstar’s grandparents, Lionel and Clara Braithwaite, along with her brother, the insider added.
Rihanna wore see-through pants for her mom Monica Braithwaite’s birthday party on Monday. GC Images
While Kourtney Kardashian also seems to be favoring pants with see-through paneling lately, Rihanna’s completely sheer version takes transparent trousers to a whole new level.
The Fenty mogul has been turning the world into her runway of late, from sporting $15,000 feather pants while browsing a bookstore to wearing an $885 hoodie to dinner.
Perhaps keeping up with Rihanna’s recent style experiments will help distract her fans as they eagerly await new music from the singer, who hasn’t dropped an album in five years.
Rihanna wears an all-brown outfit to dinner with her family PapCulture / BACKGRID
Although LVMH shut down her high-fashion Fenty line in February, the “Diamonds” singer is no doubt staying busy running her Savage X Fenty lingerie line, now valued at $1 billion.
It seems haircare offerings could be the next step for her beauty empire, building off the success of her Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin lines.
Rihanna Shows Off Her Glow in a Tiny Crochet Dress
The singer took to Instagram earlier this afternoon to share a photo of herself wearing a summery crochet look and Bottega Veneta heels while flaunting glowing legs soaked in Butta Drop. (Clearly, the full-body moisturizer delivers on the brand's promise for "healthy, sexy skin from head to toe.")
“Drip ya skin in a hydrating, glossy, whipped body oil from @fentyskin that leaves you with a non-sticky glow that lasts. Also- she refillable!” she wrote in the post.
Rihanna first launched Fenty Skin last July as a branch of her original Fenty Beauty makeup line. Like its sister brand, Fenty Skin is made to be accessible for all skin types and all people, "even the fellas." Its products boast “multitasking” products with gentle formulas consisting of a variety of ingredients from around the world, as well as packing materials that are recyclable and eco-friendly, according to its website.
At the time of the launch, Rihanna said she wanted to "take the pressure off choosing a routine, so I created one for everyone."
This new full-body moisturizer reportedly contains shea butter and glycerin in addition to a delightful blend of various moisturizing oils, from sunflower to baobab to Kalahari melon.
The product release was accompanied by the drop of the Bright Fix Eye Brightener, the newest addition to Rihanna's Fenty Beauty makeup line, which arrived on May 7.
The Butta Drop body oil is available to purchase now at Sephora, Boots UK, Harvey Nichols, and Fenty Skin.
Rihanna Wore a Half-Buttoned Top and Two Coats to a Dinner Date With A$AP Rocky and Friends
Rihanna started her week in New York City, where she and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky had a low-key dinner date with friends at Katie Holmes' chef boyfriend Emilio Vitolo Jr.'s Soho restaurant, Emilio's Ballato, on Monday.
How did Rihanna dress for the outing, which was likely outdoors since New York City has shut down indoor dining because of COVID-19? As if she knows winter is happening but isn't affected by the cold. According to the Rihanna fashion account Haus of Rihanna, the singer wore two coats&mdasha vintage YSL fur coat and long mesh Bottega Veneta coat&mdashwith a half-open Bottega Veneta leather button-up top. She finished the look with high waist jeans and heels. Rihanna's bra peaked out, a reminder to all she runs her own lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, and knows how to incorporate lingerie into street style outfits for all seasons.
E! got some details on Rocky and Rihanna's dinner and why they arrived and left separately. "Rihanna arrived with a group of friends and met A$AP Rocky there," a source said. "They entered the restaurant through different doors and tried to be discreet. A$AP Rocky entered behind a bodyguard and ducked inside quickly. Once everyone arrived, they sat together with a group of friends."
The group honored Rocky's late friend and business partner A$AP Yam, who passed away that day six years ago.
"Everyone gathered together for dinner and to share stories," the source said. "There was lots of food passed around the table and laughter coming from inside. They stayed for over two hours before leaving separately. Rihanna left with friends and avoided being seen with Rocky."
Social Distancing Has Become Too Social
When the coronavirus rapidly began spreading in the U.S., the only thing comforting my sense of panic was the fact that as an introvert, socially distancing myself to keep others safe isn’t so different from my regular day-to-day, pre-COVID-19.
Ah yes, I thought. I can do this. As helpless as I feel sitting around in my Brooklyn studio apartment, I can at least do my part by doing what I do best: cutting down my social activities.
But two weeks into self-isolation, my social life somehow feels way busier than it was before we were all rendered housebound. All of a sudden, everyone wants to FaceTime and have Zoom parties, and Google Hangout sessions. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten on FaceTime with friends I haven’t spoken to in years and given a “tour” of my studio (which consists of me spinning in a circle with my phone in my hand, because again, it’s a studio). I’ve even managed to peel off the sticker on my laptop camera, which had been in place since 2015, when I started watching Mr. Robot and made a half-hearted attempt to protect myself from hackers.
For about a week or so, this was great. Fun, even. Isn’t it amazing how technology has made it so that we can feel connected, even during a time of isolation and extreme anxiety? I thought.
Now, as grateful as I am for the virtual happy hours, I’m also starting to feel… overwhelmed. Somehow, social distancing has become too social, with not enough distancing, and I’m starting to miss my quiet time. And it seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology, attributes the uptick in virtual hangouts to a collective need to break out of complete isolation.
“Social isolation is really not healthy for us — I think a lot of people instinctively know that, and are making the effort to reach out,” she says. “It’s a time of forging connections, because your neighbor down the hall is pretty much the same distance as a friend who’s 3,000 miles away.”
Not to mention, Dr. Amsellem points out, many of us have seen drastic changes in our schedules. I’m fortunate enough to still have a job, but that isn’t the case for millions of people in the country right now. And for those who may have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise without work, that means a lot of free time they might be hoping to fill by getting in touch with friends and family. I’m also lucky to be socially isolating on my own, without roommates orꃺmily who would render alone time almost completely obsolete — and I don’t have to juggle my full-time job on top of taking on childcare (all my thoughts to introverted parents out there).
“Some people are much busier than usual, whereas others find their day has completely opened up,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s about recognizing that not everyone has the same constraints right now — some are feeling very overwhelmed by the schedule changes, others are turning that feeling into action by reaching out. While this is extremely healthy, it can also feel extremely overwhelming if this is more than we’re used to.”
In other words, it’s OK if you find yourself needing some alone time as a consequence of social distance, even if it feels weird to decide to take time off while in isolation. I 100% feel for extroverts who thrive off talking to people, who are now being forced to get creative with how they get their social interaction. But as an introvert, I need time alone to recharge so that I can be an actual empathetic person when I do interact with others, instead of getting snappy because I feel like my energy is all used up. “I have too many friends and family members who want to talk to me all the time” sounds like a privileged complaint, and in my case, it absolutely is — but it’s important to carve out downtime for yourself, even when it seems like all we have is extra time.
“It’s really about understanding what our own saturation levels are, and knowing that it’s OK to decline a call, and to sit out a virtual happy hour if you’re feeling exhausted,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s almost like if it were real-life events: You’re not going to go to every single happy hour that comes up, you pick and choose what works for your schedule and needs.”
Obviously, there are ways to decline Zoom hangouts without hurting other people’s feelings. Dr. Amsellem suggests considering the reason for the call. If a friend you haven’t spoken to in months wants to FaceTime but you’re exhausted, politely ask for a rain check for another day. If a group of friends is calling you into a Google Hangout that’s become a weekly occurrence, you can tell them you’re going to sit this one out and catch up with them next week. And if the intimacy of having someone see into your living space and all the dirty dishes you’ve racked up is too much for you, suggest a phone call instead of a video chat. Or, you know, suggest a nice sustained text conversation if that’s more your speed.
There’s a balance to everything, and as we’re all figuring out the best ways to stay connected to each other without driving each other crazy, be gentle with your friends and yourself.
“Keep in mind that most of these [virtual interactions] are going to be positive, so even if it means taking you out of your zone a little, it can definitely be a healthy thing,” Dr. Amsellem says. “Just know your own limits, and what works for you.”
Personally, I will be issuing a moratorium on any phone or video conversations after 9:30 p.m. to really maximize on the alone time that I spend not talking. But you do you — whatever&aposs best for your health, emotionally and physically.
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