RiRi’s teasing tweets drive fans into a frenzy

2013-10-13 10:00

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Despite the fears of her fans, Rihanna is finally in the house.

The 25-year-old superstar arrived at Joburg’s OR Tambo International Airport at around 4pm yesterday.

She was greeted by not more than 50 fans who screamed and gave chase after they expected her to emerge from the international arrivals terminal on the ground floor.

But when they spotted her catching a lift to the first floor of the airport, they raced towards her and her bodyguards had a tough time keeping them at bay.

Rihanna appeared friendly and waved to fans while several bodyguards manhandled them out of the way.

She was surprised to see her friend Tazz Msika, who came to greet her at the airport, and gave him a warm hug and kiss. Msika, the grandson of a former Zimbabwe vice-president Joseph Msika, said he had hung out with the pop superstar in Barbados and in London.

Rihanna frenzy has reached fever pitch in the run-up to the South African leg of her Diamonds World Tour this weekend.

Earlier yesterday, the steamy starlet appeared to be teasing her South African fans on Twitter with threats of a no-show.

A tweet reading: “I’m sorry South Africa but I’m stuck in Sydney and can’t make it this weekend” went viral, causing an online outcry.

One female fan from Joburg replied: “Get yo fine ass here wena Riri!”

On Friday, Rihanna posted pictures of herself in front of the Sydney Opera House as the sun was setting. She also uploaded pictures of the interior of her plane, its seats upholstered in white leather and gold trim.

Her plush reclining chair is flanked by a lit minibar and a counter with a pop-up vanity case plus mirror.

Yesterday, Sophie Doherty of Big Concerts said that, to their knowledge, Rihanna’s South African shows were going ahead as planned.

The singer and her 15 backup dancers are bound to show plenty of skin when they perform later today.

She will step on to the stage in costumes by the world’s top fashion designers, including Riccardo Tisci of luxury French label Givenchy; and wear heels by Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

After the concert, her vast set and equipment will be transported to Cape Town in 35 trucks, in time for her to perform at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

Rihanna’s latest music video – Pour It Up – in which she twerks in a denim thong, recorded 44 million views by yesterday.

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