Fan encounter: Basma meets Rihanna in Denver
Another lucky fan got the chance to meet RiRi recently! Basma was invited by Rihanna to go backstage after her Denver show on Saturday. Read her story below:
Ironically, on Friday the 9th of September 2013, it happened to be one of the best days of my life. It all happened when Rihanna asked me on Instagram to have one of my paintings that I posted! I was so excited, so I decided to plan a trip by myself to see another Diamond’s World Tour show to meet her and give the painting to her. I traveled from Washington D.C. to Denver, CO on the day of the concert! I was so nervous but excited at the same time. I decided to go to the show a little early due to my excitement, as this was my second time seeing her DWT and was really happy to witness another EPIC performance.
When the show ended, I was communicating with my friend Tami on my phone to see if there was any chance I could meet Rihanna. She’s also a Navy, and has a really genuine relationship with Rihanna and also got to meet her after the DWT show in Chicago last March! Tami had already told Rihanna that I was going to her show! I continued to communicate with Tami once the show ended, and she kept messaging Rihanna to remind her that I was at the show. I waited about an hour after the show, and started to get very worried as the staff were getting ready to close the arena and kick everyone out! Finally, I decided to leave the arena and start walking back to my hotel. Then out of nowhere I got a notification on my phone saying that I got a new follower on Twitter … and then shortly after that, I got a direct massage saying “Hello BAM I’m Rihanna’s bodyguard. Rihanna asked me to look for you and bring you backstage.” Once I got the message, I hurried back to the arena as fast as I could! I told him where I was, and he came out and met me. He took me backstage and told me to wait a little bit for Rihanna. While I was waiting for Rihanna, I met her hairstylist (Yusef), her personal assistant (Jen), her personal chef and her tour manager. They were all really nice to me! At one moment I was standing in front of Rihanna’s room, and then I saw the door open, and out came Rihanna, holding a bag in her hand! She looked at me and said, “Who is this?”… LOL! I said my name (Basmah) and she replied “It’s YOUUUUUU!!!“ She gave her bag to Melissa (her best friend) and gave me a really big hug! It was a very wonderful moment; she was so nice to me and continued to give me hugs because I was feeling cold. After we chatted for a little bit, I gave her my painting and Melissa took a few pictures of me with Rihanna. After we took a few pictures, they said they were about to leave to go back to their hotel. So we said our goodbyes to each other, and then Rihanna asked her bodyguard to take care of me and to tell the driver to drive me back to my hotel. She didn’t want me going back to the hotel by myself, as it was so late at night. I still can’t believe that Rihanna finally knows who I am, as a real person and as an artist … I honestly feel so happy and honored that she took the time to meet me and take one of my paintings. Diamond’s World Tour holds a special place in my heart, as it was such an honor being apart of the experience with Rihanna. She is the most genuine and loving person who loves all of her fans. Honestly, if she had the time to hug each and every one of her fans, I know she wouldn’t pass up on the opportunity. I’m still so amazed at everything that happened, and I will never forget the day I experienced such great emotion and love… November 9th, 2013!