While unveiling Fenty’s newest line of sunglasses on Instagram, Rihanna made a joke that a lot of her fans are not finding funny: that she “lost” her new album.
Rihanna’s long-awaited ninth album, R9, would come four years after her last one, the critically acclaimed ANTI.
“WHERES THE ALBUM?” an anxious fan commented on the post.
“I lost it,” Rihanna responded jokingly.
“I get it, I appreciate it, and I’m really glad that she’s putting in so much effort. It means a lot. But I also, really, I listen to Anti every day. Like, I think it’s time. I need it. Sorry, she’s gonna, like, hate me for saying that but I want it so bad.”
Rihanna has been working on encouraging COVID-19 relief. Her charity, the Clara Lionel Foundation, committed $2.1 million to Los Angeles. The money is for “10 weeks of expenses for shelter, meals and counseling for individuals and children suffering from domestic violence at a time when shelters are full and incidents are reportedly on the rise.” Rihanna’s charity also pledged $5 million to global coronavirus relief to help food banks, accelerate testing in countries such as Haiti, and provide protective gear for medical professionals.
So let’s excuse her tardy album, the woman has been busy basically helping to save the world.