Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in St. Michael Parish, on the Caribbean Island of Barbados to Monica and Ronald Fenty. She had a rocky childhood dealing with her father’s addiction to alcohol and crack. One day Rihanna had walked in on her father smoking crack. “I will never forgive myself for what I did to her. I will always have nightmares as I think of her crying, begging me to stop. But I was a hopeless addict and I couldn’t care. My beautiful daughter should never have witnessed the things she did” (Edwards 13), stated Ronald Fenty. These problems lead to her parents’ divorce when she was fourteen years old.
As a child, Rihanna suffered from crippling headaches but she kept it to herself so as not to feel abnormal. “It was not until her parents separated when she was a young teen that the headaches finally disappeared” (Edwards 8). Rihanna soon realized that it came from hiding her feelings.
At age three, Rihanna began to sing and imitate her favorite artist. Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You” was her favorite. At the age of seven, her vocals began to really shine through. The neighbors would often complain about Rihanna’s singing. She would ignore them and keep belting out her songs. She could sing a...
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...r meager beginning, to her lucky landing at Def Jam Rihanna has been herself. She knew what she wanted and she went after it. She did not let her childhood be the reason to settle. There is so much potential for her as an entertainer. If entertainment is all about timing, Rihanna seems to be right on time.
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