Fan encounter: Donna meets Rihanna in Barbados
My family and I had decided to go to Barbados in November/December, then a DWT date was announced for November. I phoned Nathalie and we discussed going. I bought 3 platinum tickets, the day they went on sale. We were so excited!! A week before the concert date, it was announced it had been postponed. We were disappointed but determined to enjoy our holiday. Nathalie arrived the day before my family and I, so I asked her to get me a ticket for Sugar. On arrival I found out she had met Rih that day. I was so excited and happy for her. The next day we went to see Monica (Rihanna’s mother), to pick our tickets up and to our surprise she had got us VIP wristbands!! Monica and I hit it off straight away. We were laughing and talking about everything. She has a great sense of humour and we got on so well. Later that night Nathalie and I arrived at Sugar, we were told to go to the VIP enterance. Rihanna didn’t arrive for a few hours. Nat and I were outside, getting some fresh air when a large mini bus pulled up, right in front of us. I could see Mel (Rihanna’s best friend) and Rih inside. Mel got out first and came over to me and said hi. Then out stepped Rih, looking so beautiful. She hugged French navy. Then she spotted me. Her face was priceless, she looked so happy and surprised to see me. She said “Oh shit” and came over to me. She hugged me so tightly and said “My girl”.
She hugged Nat and asked us if we were enjoying our evening at Sugar. I told her my daughter Dannielle was so upset because she was to young to come to the club with us. She said “Oh no, how long are you here for”? I told her 2 weeks. She said “Good, make sure I see her” She went into the club and we went back in too. The atmosphere in the club had changed, it was electric!!! Nathalie and I got back to our hotel at 5.30am it was a brilliant night.
The next day we went to see Monica to thank her for the tickets. We showed her our photo’s and video’s. she heard what Rih had said about wanting to meet my daughter. She asked for my number and gave me hers. She said to my daughter “I’ll talk to Robz and arrange something special” Monica had fallen in love with my daughter!!
On Wednesday afternoon around 5 I got a call from Monica, telling me to go straight to the airport, Rih wanted to see us
After we had been at the airport for a while, Rih’s friends arrived, then her family. We were getting really excited because we knew we didn’t have long to wait until Rih arrive. A car came and we thought it was Rih, so we walked towards it, someone pressed their car horn, it made us jump! We turned around and it was Rih!!! She was behind us, driving a jeep!!
When she got out, she smiled at us and said “Donna” in her beautiful accent. She came over to me and hugged me and said ” is this your daughter”? I said yes this is Danni. She looked at her and said “How old are you”? Danni said 13. Rih Said “OMG you are so beautiful” and grabbed her face. She said” look at your hair it’s lovely” she kept stroking Danni’s face and saying how beautiful she is. Rih then turned to me and said “Donna, I thought you were lying to me, I look at her IG and didn’t believe she was so young, she’s beautiful” we laughed and I told her I have a 16 year old son too. She grabbed me and hugged me and said “you’re so cool Donna”
We talked for a while about our holiday, she was hugging me the whole time. She told me how grateful she is that I am so committed to her. We asked if we could have some photo’s with her (Airport security had said no photo’s) she said of course! When I was having mine, I told her I was shaking,she just hugged me tighter.
She is the most incredible lady I have ever met, so humble and kind!! We talked some more, then she had to leave.
Later Monica came over to see us and asked if we’d got some pictures. We talked to the family for a while and then Monica arranged for a car to take us home. Later that evening, Monica phoned me to make sure we got back to the hotel safely. I’ll be keeping in touch with Monica. She did so much for us and she is so lovely. Just like her daughter she is an incredible lady!!! I’ve found a true friend in her.
I will never be able to thank Rih and all her family enough, for all they did for us and for making us feel so welcome. I will always be so grateful to them all. And I got to spend, just over 2 weeks on a beautiful island with my family and my wonderful sis, Nathalie.. So yes, it was a dream holiday.