She recently revealed she has been keeping a low profile while quietly living in London for the last few months.
And Rihanna appeared to be making the most of her time on British shores, when she attended the Sri Lanka vs West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Durham with her personal trainer, Jamie Granger, on Monday afternoon.
The Barbados-born singer, 31, who cut a stylish figure in a large white jacket paired with a matching crop top and high-waisted white trousers, got decidedly animated as she cheered on the West Indies team during the international showdown at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Big event: Rihanna, 31, attended the Sri Lanka v West Indies, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Durham on Monday afternoon
Also sporting a large pair of shades, Rihanna completed her look with bright red lipstick, while she wore her hair in long braids.
Rihanna appeared in high spirits as she enjoyed the match, laughing and chatting with a friend while sipping on a drink. However, her excitement was dampened when Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by 23 runs.
As a native of Barbados, Rihanna’s links to the sport run deep, as she attended a school which has a long history of producing countless top tier cricketers.
Getting animated: The pop star was seen getting animated as she watched the match with personal trainer Jamie Granger
Windies: Hailing from the Caribbean island of Barbados, it was only natural that the singer cheered on the West Indies team
Fashion: The singer cut a stylish figure in a large white jacket paired with a matching crop top and high-waisted white trousers
As stylish as ever: Also sporting a large pair of shades, the Diamonds hitmaker completed her look with bright red lipstick
Before embarking on a singing career that would make her a global superstar, she attended Bridgetown’s Combermere School with cricketer Chris Jordan, whose fast bowling skills would later be employed by both Sussex and England.
And while Rihanna and Jordan have enjoyed phenomenal success in their respective fields (Jordan is regarded as one of the best fielders in England), the sportsman has revealed that the old classmates seamlessly pick up where they’ve left off whenever they run into each other at home.
‘I remember Rihanna well,’ the BBC quoted Jordan as saying back in 2014. ‘I guess she was always a good singer at school. I like her songs very much and they’re on my iPod, but I don’t think she has much interest in cricket.
‘When I go back to Barbados we see each other and stuff. She’s a very humble girl and I’m just glad everything worked out well for her.’
Games: The stunning star was seen punching the air triumphantly as she cheered on her team, who went on to lose by 23 runs
Cricketers’ haven: The school Rihanna attended in her native Barbados has produced several cricket players over the years
New home: She recently revealed she has been keeping a low profile while quietly living in London for the last few months
Lowkey: She said of her time in London, ‘[I enjoy] walking around the block. When I go walking, I try to keep it a little incognito’
And Jordan isn’t the only cricketer who Rihanna counted as a classmate – she also went to school with West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and West Indies Twenty20 International captain Carlos Brathwaite (who are unrelated).
It’s been said that Rihanna was protective of Kraigg, who was four years her junior, as his slight frame attracted the attention of bullies.
In fact, rumour has it that the future pop star would go as far as having physical fights with boys in the school to protect Kraigg.
And their bond has remained over the years, with Rihanna providing front row tickets for Kraigg and his entire under-19 West Indies team to one of her shows in the USA when they were in the country for a camp before the junior World Cup in 2012.
In her element: The pop superstar appeared to be in her element as she took in all of the sporting action from her coveted seat
Headgear: While Rihanna opted for an all-white ensemble, her friend donned a Windies cap to show who she was supporting
Business: In her New York Times interview, she admitted that inspiration for her new luxury fashion line Fenty was easy to find
Creative: She was ‘hands-on’ in the creating of her line and said she used herself ‘as the muse’ when cultivating the collection
And while Carlos has been proud to share that he was once classmates with Rihanna, he believes he’d be stiff competition for the star on the dancefloor.
He told the Hindustan Times in 2016: ‘If there was ever a dance-off between me and fellow Caribbean Rihanna, I think it would be a really close call. I could give her a run for her money.’
Of course, Rihanna’s appreciation for cricket can be indulged, now that she has moved to the English capital, with Lord’s Cricket Ground being just a stone’s throw from her north-west London home.
She recently told The New York Times that she’s been ‘keeping a little incognito’ while staying in the capital and is enjoying the relative anonymity the city brings.
Friends reunited: Rihanna’s former classmates include renowned cricketers Carlos Brathwaite, left, and Chris Jordan, right
The life of the party: The singing superstar was the life of the party as she soaked up the excitement of the hot ticket match
Fan favourite: In between taking in all of the action, she also took some time out to pose for snapshots with numerous fans
Embracing: She said of her fashion line, ‘It’s sweatpants with pearls, or a masculine denim jacket with a corset. I feel like we live in a world where people are embracing every bit of who they are’
She said: ‘[I enjoy] walking around the block. When I go walking, I try to keep it a little incognito,’ adding that she finds Bank Holidays ‘insane’ [in a good way].
On learning of the move, Brits went wild with excitement – with many joining the dots from a previous selfie Rihanna shared which had a supermarket bag from Sainsbury’s in the backdrop.
In the same New York Times interview, she admitted that inspiration for her new luxury fashion line, Fenty, was easy to find.
The songstress was ‘hands-on’ in the creative process and said she used herself ‘as the muse’ when cultivating the collection.
Ambition: Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty has said, ‘I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world’
Music: And while her designer title takes on new heights, fans are still pining for new music more than three years after her last album, Anti, hit the shelves
Honest: ‘It isn’t in the books right now, but I’m not against it,’ she said of a possible collaboration with fellow singer Lady Gaga
Ex factor: Musically, she has ruled out others. ‘I don’t see it happening,’ she said, when asked if she would work with ex Drake
She said: ‘It’s sweatpants with pearls, or a masculine denim jacket with a corset. I feel like we live in a world where people are embracing every bit of who they are.’
Rihanna — who’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — went on: ‘I’ve been slowly evolving throughout the fashion world.
And while her designer title takes on new heights, fans are still pining for new music more than three years after her last album, Anti, hit the shelves.
New record: However, she did confirm the next release will be a ‘reggae album’ but she doesn’t have a title or release date yet
Effortlessly stylish: The Umbrella hitmaker, 31, looked effortlessly stylish as she observed the match from the pavilion box
Attraction: Flashing her million dollar smile, Rihanna proved to be the star attraction during her time spent in the small town
‘It isn’t in the books right now, but I’m not against it,’ she said of a possible collaboration with Lady Gaga before admitting ‘I don’t see it happening’ when asked if she would work with her ex Drake.
However, she did confirm the next release will be a ‘reggae album’ but she doesn’t have a title yet.
She said: ‘So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?’
Snapshots: She happily posed for a seemingly endless stream of selfies with excited fans once they spotted her in the stands
Strike a pose (or two): She also struck a few poses so her friends could take her picture in the midst of the hot ticket match
Keeping an eye on the action: As she put her oversized jacket back on, Rihanna was sure to keep an eye on the cricket match
She added: ‘Cause they [the fans] have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?’