She may be the world’s wealthiest female musician, but Rihanna was swooning like a schoolgirl when she bumped into an old teacher during the West Indies’ Cricket World Cup game in England.
The 31-year-old singer went to the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street in Durham to watch her compatriots play Sri Lanka.
The multi-talented Bajan beauty shed tears of joy when she was reunited with West Indies assistant coach, Roddy Estwick.
The entrepreneur gave her former teacher and mentor a huge hug, with a smile on her face.
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Superstar artiste Rihanna (@badgalriri) was at the Cricket World Cup match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at Chester-le-Street in England on Monday. The West Indies lost by 23 runs but the Barbadian singer greeted assistant coach Roddy Estwick and players afterwards. Estwick was her physical education teacher in Barbados. #Rihanna
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She told Barbados Today that the emotional moment had lifted her spirits when her home team was performing poorly on the field, eventually ending in a 23-run defeat.
Riri said: “I love this man. I came here to see the match and was cheering West Indies to a victory.
“They played great, but we just didn’t make it. But I also wanted to see Mr Estwick.”
She said he “made a lasting impact on my life”, adding: “He really offered great advice to me and many others when we were at school at Combermere. I just wanted to let everyone know what he meant to me in my development and what he did for us back at school in Barbados.”
In a video clip, she said: “This is my teacher from school! He was a mentor and father figure to me. I haven’t seen him in years!”
She also shared a photo of them together with the caption: “My mentor, my champ, my MVP, my school teacher, my first ‘JayBrown’ #MrEastwick! You made my day. (sic)”
Riri later made the day for the Windies team, whom she met in their dressing room where they presented her with a signed cricket bat.