Rihanna is from Barbados, but Jamaican fans are trying to 'kidnap her nationality' and convince the world she's from their country

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Diamond BallRihanna recently honoured the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, at her fifth annual Diamond Ball.
  • Rihanna is famously from Barbados.
  • But some of the singer’s fans are trying to “kidnap her nationality” and convince the world that she’s actually from Jamaica.
  • “Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world will believe us, and there is nothing Bajans can do about it,” reads one tweet, which currently has more than 20,000 likes.
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Rihanna is decidedly not from Jamaica – but that hasn’t stopped some of her Jamaican fans from trying to convince the world otherwise.

“Jamaicans, you know, if we pretend like Rihanna is Jamaican, the world will believe us, and there is nothing Bajans can do about it,” reads one tweet, which currently has more than 20,000 likes. “Let’s kidnap Rihanna’s nationality, y’all.”

As the tweet acknowledges, Rihanna is famously from the eastern Caribbean island Barbados.

She grew up on Westbury Road, which has since been officially renamed Rihanna Drive. For her Fenty designer line, she created t-shirts adorned with vintage postcards and tourist brochures from Barbados hotels. She has a personal relationship with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, who was recently honoured at Rihanna’s fifth annual Diamond Ball. Rihanna was even appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for her home country in 2018.


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“I only realise now just how lucky I was to grow up in Barbados,”she told Condé Nast Traveller. “I loved it. I have the best memories of spending long days at the beach with my two younger brothers. I knew I had to leave to further my career – but it will always be home.”

And yet, the Fenty Beauty founder has legions of fans from Jamaica who are actively trying to change this narrative.

One Twitter user, who created a fabricated thread of Rihanna apparently “embracing her Jamaican heritage,” even claimed he had a photo of Rihanna’s birth certificate from Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Jamaica.

Naturally, the singer’s Bajan fans were displeased.

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