In 2012, the singer said growing up in Barbados gave her 'a thick skin' because she was 'teased about being biracial' while she was at school.
Speaking in an interview with ITV, she explained: 'A lot of the reason why I am the way that I am and my character has a lot to do with my culture.
On Thursday, she celebrated her home country of Barbados' 51st Independence Day in ultimate style, a day after the street she grew up on was renamed in her honour.
And Rihanna kept the party going on Saturday night, when she was joined by a host of close pals as she attended the Hennessy Artistry Show, held at the Kensington Oval in the island's capital city of Bridgetown.
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The musician was discovered in Barbados back in 2003 by music producer Evan Rogers and moved to New York City in 2005 when she signed a record deal with Def Jam after auditioning for Jay-Z and L. In December 2016, the songstress joined forces with Prince Harry during his 15-day tour of the Caribbean.
As well as teaming up for a series of celebratory events to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence, the pair both volunteered for HIV tests to highlight World Aids Day.
The singer enjoyed a prime spot in the audience as she watched performances by Jamaican stars Beres Hammond, Sizzla and Mavado; Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, and local artists Lil Rick, Nikita and Fadda Fox.