She may be a Grammy-winning artist, loved the world over – but Rihanna will never forget where she came from.
The “Work” singer got emotional on Tuesday after reuniting with her childhood physical education teacher at the Cricket World Cup in Durham, U.K.
The 31 year old Barbados native was there to represent her home country and all of the West Indies islands at the Cricket World Cup.
RiRi was shocked and delighted to run into Roddy Estwick, the West Indies assistant coach and her former PE teacher.
Jamaica Observer posted a video of the tearful reunion, where the popular singer broke down while giving her former teacher a big hug.
Rihanna commented on the Jamaica Observer video, stating, “This is my teacher from school! He was a mentor and father figure to me. I haven’t seen him in years!”
The “Umbrella” singer was seen having a fantastic time at the cricket match. She excitedly cheered on her West Indies team, though they lost the match by 23 runs to Sri Lanka.
But the proud Bajan still still posed with players while holding a signed cricket bat after the match.
"Everybody calls her Rihanna but I know her as Robyn Fenty."
— ICC (@ICC) July 2, 2019
The singer also shared a photo of her and Estwick on her Instagram story on Tuesday.
She captioned the photo, “my mentor, my champ, my MVP, my school teacher, my first “JayBrown”… #MrEstwick! You made my day.”
After the match, a humble Estwick spoke to the International Cricket Council (ICC.)
“Everybody calls her Rihanna but I know her as Robyn Fenty,” Estwick said referring to the singer’s real name.
“I was a PE teacher and she was a student.”
Awwww Rihanna reunited with her PE teacher 😩🤧😭😭 pic.twitter.com/qWaj8dpXzc
— Rihanna can buy your fave (@wooftrih) July 1, 2019
“I’ve known her from age 11 till now. It was good to see her again. I used to sit with her most lunch times, her and her best friend, and have a chat with them and try to guide them in the right direction.”
“Obviously, growing up as young girls in Barbados wasn’t always easy, so I was trying to guide them in the right direction and assist in any way.”
Rihanna has come a long way since she was discovered in her home country of Barbados.
The producer Evan Roger helped make her first demo which was sent first to Def Jam A&R executive Jay Brown.
In 2005 she signed to with Def Jam and released her hit album Music of the Sun. It spawned the monster hit “Pon De Replay.”
She is also a successful businesswoman, launching fashion and beauty house Fenty under the luxury fashion group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton