When it comes to iconic moments and celebrities, the internet is quick to judge. But in a recent viral video, the “Umbrella” singer, Rihanna, created a heartwarming moment that has captured the hearts of fans around the world, including South Korea.
The video shows Rihanna, dressed in a show-stopping outfit, making her way into a restaurant, accompanied by rapper A$AP Rocky, to celebrate his 35th birthday. As she moves through the throng of paparazzi, a young fan — who appears to be in his early teens — eagerly approaches her for an autograph and a memorable photograph. Rihanna, being the gracious star that she is, obliges.
But it’s what happened next that made the video go viral.
Just as the star leans in to capture the moment, she swiftly turns back to hand something to her bodyguard. That something was a bottle of alcohol. The quick reflex and awareness Rihanna displayed to ensure a child was not photographed alongside alcohol was both commendable and endearing.
Rih interacting with fans last night ❤️ pic.twitter.com/KNSTAGe3wk
— Rihanna reign. (@rihanna__reign) October 4, 2023
The incident highlights the singer’s thoughtful nature, reinforcing why she remains a beloved figure in the music industry and beyond. To many, it wasn’t just a celebrity being careful, but it hinted at a motherly instinct, as Rihanna just recently gave birth to her second child.
Lol the fact that she removed the bottle of alcohol and made someone else hold it so the little boy could get a picture. A mother. https://t.co/WpzdAenLkS
— . (@yg4L_) October 4, 2023
Korean netizens, known for their candid discussions on popular websites, latched onto this sweet detail about Rihanna, flooding popular community site TheQoo with comments. The post detailing the event garnered over 55,000 views and amassed more than 200 comments, with many heaping praise on the American superstar.
The comments were full of admiration for her thoughtful gesture, there were also quite a few playful nudges for more music from the star. The joke has been circulating the internet for years, and fans will never give up on asking for a new album from Rihanna, whose last album was released a whopping seven years ago.
- “I like this kind of things.”
- “She’s cool.”
- “She’s f*cking sweet. So that’s what being a star is.”
- “Unnie, please give us an album now.”
- “She’s the sweetest among the Ri’s (play on last name like Lee, Ri, Kim, etc).”
- “Ha Good Girl RiRi ㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜㅜ Please give us an album…”
- “Dang, stars are sure different.”
While many of the comments are drenched in admiration, fans’ longing for Rihanna’s new music is undeniable. The “Unnie, please give us an album now” and similar sentiments echo the level of anticipation for Rihanna’s next music activity.
In a world where celebrities are under constant scrutiny, genuine moments like these stand out. It’s a testament to Rihanna’s character and her bond with fans worldwide. And as the Korean netizens would agree, whether it’s her music or her gestures, Rihanna remains a beloved figure in the eyes of fans all over the world.