Rihanna turns 24 years old today. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna released her debut album Music of the Sun in 2005, at age 17. In just seven years, this birthday girl has sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles. Just try and get “Umbrella ay-ay-ay” out of your head.
So what does an international superstar do for her birthday? Pull an all-nighter recording music in her London hotel room.
Rihanna’s ex-boyfriend and current collaborator Chris Brown tweeted an all-caps birthday message: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN!” Chris and Rihanna dated until a stormy blowout in 2009, when Chris beat Rihanna so badly during a fight onlookers called the police. According to reports, the exes are secretly reconciling — much to the dismay of Rihanna’s family, friends, and management. Rihanna’s next single, aptly titled “Birthday Cake,” features a cameo by Chris that her producer says “is gonna shock the world.”
On a lighter note, Rihanna’s BFF Katy Perry also tweeted some birthday love, gushing, “@rihanna HAPPY BIRFDAY u hoodrat, bear****, crazy, sexy ass, freaky whole bit beotch. I (heart) u so much. Keep it real tonight, as I know u will!”