Hard to Get: Rihanna Bucks the Bridesmaid Cliché by Ducking Her Best Friend's Bouquet

Rihanna attends the ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ European Premiere on July 24, 2017 in London, England.
Rihanna attends the ‘Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ European Premiere on July 24, 2017 in London, England.
Photo: Tim P. Whitby (Getty Images)

Have we counted the ways we love Rihanna lately? The multi-hyphenate star astounds in many aspects, but perhaps what makes her mystique so enduring is the fact that she clearly feels no pressure to conform to anyone’s expectations but her own.

But Rih is a loyal friend, which is why she took time out from her busy schedule to be a bridesmaid at longtime bestie Sonita Alexander’s wedding last weekend in her native Barbados, donning a lovely cobalt blue mermaid-silhouetted gown to walk down the aisle in support of her dear friend.


But don’t expect Rihanna to be walking down the aisle herself anytime soon; while she happily stood up for her friend, when it came time to make a play for the bridal bouquet, Rih dipped—literally (no, really—if you look closely, you can see her back out of the crowd and duck at the 0:02 mark).

That’s right, folks: as the familiar refrain of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” played in the background, one of our favorite famous single ladies indicated that she plans to keep it that way for the foreseeable future by opting out of the traditional battle for the bouquet—and we love her even more for it.


Because in a tradition based upon the supposed unquenchable thirst of single women to get married (because groomsmen rarely seem as eager to catch the garter), Rihanna was having none of it—and why should she? While she’s reportedly still dating billionaire boyfriend Hassan Jameel, our Bad Gal RiRi is bad all by herself—and if that means she’s always a bridesmaid and never a bride, so be it.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, co-host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door...May I borrow some sugar?

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Can you imagine the headlines if she was out there fighting for a bouquet? LOL! Given that there have been entire investigative pieces into her womb casually ducking out and avoiding a black eye is the smart move.