Oh, baby! RiRi’s next project
She’s ticked superstardom off her list, and now pop princess Rihanna is desperate to settle down and have kids as she faces her 30th birthday
With eight UK Top 40 albums, a slew of Top 10 hits and star roles in Hollywood blockbusters, Rihanna is without a doubt one of the hardest-working women in showbiz.
But, with the singer just four months away from her 30th birthday, friends say there’s one thing left on her to-do list – to start a family with her fella, billionaire businessman Hassan Jameel, 29 (and he’s keen, too). ‘Rihanna is really emotional about turning 30,’ a well-placed source explains. ‘It’s such a big landmark for her, and she feels she hasn’t achieved the “life goals” that she would’ve wanted at this stage of her life. ‘She’s had all the success, fame and money that she could have ever dreamed of. But there is still a massive void in her life – children. ‘So she’s starting to think about what the future will hold, and what she needs to change in her life to make her dreams of having a big family a reality. ‘She always imagined she’d be married with kids by now, and she feels that she’s in a race against time. ‘Her dream is to have four kids, and she knows it’s going to be a push now if she’s to achieve that,’ adds the source. ‘Hassan is really trying to reassure her that it’s not too late. He has been telling her he wants to make her 30th year the one when she realises her “life goals”.’ It’s no secret Ri has always craved family life – she’s been talking about it for years.
In an interview in 2013, when asked where she’d like to be in five years’ time, she said, ‘I will probably have a kid… I want to be healthy and happy.’
Later that year, she mused, ‘One day I will have kids. I look forward to the day when I’m gonna be a mom.’
The Diamonds songstress grew up with boisterous siblings – two brothers, a half-brother and two halfsisters. She helped look after the younger members of the brood when her mother divorced her drug-addicted father, so the Bajan babe is no stranger to playing mum.
But as she nears the life milestone, Ri is questioning whether to give up her spot as pop’s hottest diva and focus on the future with her new beau.
‘Rihanna doesn’t want to be the kind of showbiz mum who leaves the children and disappears off on tour for months on end,’ our insider says. ‘She’s facing a big decision if she really is going to start her family plans – to walk away from her current career, and concentrate on a new chapter in her life.
‘She wants to know exactly what her plan is by the time she turns 30 so, in the coming weeks, there is going to be a lot of soul searching.’
Could Ri – who’s been in London promoting her Fenty make-up line – have found the man of her dreams in Hassan? The pair, first linked in July, were snapped a fortnight ago on their first public rendezvous in weeks, at 2am in a Chinese restaurant in the capital.
Ri with her lil’ brothers Is billionaire Hassan The One?