A heartbroken Rihanna has pulled out of the Rock in Rio concert following the death of her beloved grandmother.
Earlier today (July 2), the pop superstar tweeted a photo of herself (right) about to board a plane with the caption, “Coming home to squeeze ya mama.”
On July 1, Rihanna tweeted, “Goodbye #grangranDOLLY get your beauty rest until I see you,” and has since been tweeting pictures of herself with her grandmother. In mid-March, Rihanna tweeted a series of images, many with the hashtag #grangrandollybday, from her grandmother’s birthday celebration. Those pictures showed off a softer side of Rihanna, that of a devoted granddaughter, one who hit the kitchen to cook up some goods before enjoying a glass of wine with her grandparents, who met in Guyana before moving to Barbados and later the U.S. Growing up, Rihanna regularly spent holidays in New York with her grandparents.
In other pictures from the party, it’s clear Rihanna showered Gran Gran Dolly with gifts and the family enjoyed cake and champagne as well as a fun game of dress-up. In several images, both her grandmother and grandfather Lionel sport sideways-skewed baseball caps and heavy gold chains.
The pictures that Rihanna tweeted Sunday and yesterday reveal that in the months since, her grandmother’s health had deteriorated drastically. Global Grind reports that after a courageous fight, Gran Gran Dolly lost her battle with cancer.
Our thoughts are with Rihanna at this hard time.