riri’s fresh start
for a fresh start… the singer’s ready bitter love triangle, Following that
When Look heard that Rihanna had sworn off men to focus on her career, we thought we couldn’t love her more. Then we saw her sipping from a bejewelled hip flask at the Grammys and blowing kisses to Beyoncé. The 29-year-old seemed totally happy and carefree, and she looked incredible. We’re pretty sure it’s no coincidence that in the last couple of weeks she’s decided to ditch the drama for a clean break, focusing on her career and putting a certain Hollywood feud behind her.
As Look reported last week, Rihanna’s been tangled up in a bitter love triangle between on-off beau Drake, 30, and former BFF Jennifer Lopez, 47, since Christmas. With Rihanna and Drake finally smoothing things over in the last few weeks (Drake called her ‘queen of everything’ at a recent gig), she’s vowed to put the drama behind her.
‘Rihanna’s totally at peace with herself right now and super-excited about what’s in store the rest of the year,’ an insider tells Look. ‘She’s determined to make her movie career a success, so she’s getting acting lessons on a regular basis. She had a blast filming Ocean’s Eight, but she wants to step things up and land a major role or at least a significant supporting one.’
While Rihanna may be winning in her professional life, she’s also nailed a pretty enviable work-life balance too. ‘Her life had gotten so hectic. The men she dated were so needy, it was all too much,’ says our source. ‘She ended things with Drake, cut back on the partying and halved her schedule of events and appearances. She had such a blast at the Grammys, mainly because she hadn’t been out in a while.’ Rihanna arrived at the Grammys fashionably late and was spotted partying with Selena Gomez and The Weeknd. Revellers said she caused a stir and ‘stole the show’ at the after-party in a revealing pink Marc Jacobs dress – but in true Rihanna style, she didn’t bat an eyelid and took to Instagram the next morning to post a video from the night before of herself mouthing: ‘I think it’s time for another shot.’ Despite the fact she missed out on any awards (she was nominated for eight Grammys, including Record Of The Year), the singer was overheard telling friends she was ‘cool with it’.
‘After all the chaos in her life, she knows where she’s going and plans on focusing her efforts with a relaxed state of mind,’ says our source. ‘At the Grammys she felt liberated and more at ease with herself than she’s been in years.’
While Rihanna’s previously been taking a break from men, a close friend has revealed to Look that the star could be ready to date someone new. Chris Brown, 27, reportedly sent Ri – and her mum – flowers on Valentine’s Day as an apology for bringing her into the drama with rapper Soulja Boy recently – the two are feuding over Soulja’s claims he slept with the singer while she was dating Chris back in 2009.
‘Ri just wants someone who’s cute, cool, secure and kind. Someone who makes her laugh – nothing dysfunctional like she had with Chris,’ says the pal. ‘While she and Drake will always have something, she’s moving on.’ We reckon there’s already a huge queue.
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