We quite liked these pics snapped of Rihanna as she puttered about LA preparing for the Grammies this Sunday.
We love it not just because of the fab looks on both girls – though we do love the floaty white skirt and quirky touch of the pearls on Rihanna and the plaid shirt in Barbados’ national colours on her best friend Melissa.
But the obvious genuine friendship and camraderie evident is good to see. Often celebs end up surrounded by fake friends who can be their downfall. But Rihanna has clearly decided that the small matter of a few thousand miles of sea and land (Melissa studies in Trinidad) is not going to keep her from her real friends and you see Mel around so often, you would be forgiven for thinking she lives in the States.
It brings to mind a comment Rihanna made to men’s magazine Complex in 2007 about how she keeps grounded amidst the madness of the entertainment biz.
I’m just not that type to get sucked into bullshit. Everyone has control over what they do as an individual. I’m very sure about who I am as a person and what I’m here to do. I’m here in LA but I am still not here in LA. I come from a very different place and it gives me an advantage.
Good on her.
In other news, LisaRaye McCoy-Misick is still talking… and talking… and talking to essence.com about her two-year marriage to the premier of Turks and Caicos, Michael Misick. And it is pure hilarity, commess, and pappy-show-ness.
On their jet-setting lifestyle:
ESSENCE.com: What sort of things were you interrogated about?
LISARAYE: Our lifestyle. Like, how many times we rented a jet before we purchased our own jet. I told them to my recollection he bought me a jet and we never leased one. Actually, I was going to refurbish the entire jet, which I flew back and forth to Los Angeles in, by adding the family crest in the carpet and some flat screen televisions, and I wouldn’t have done that if I was leasing. Also, our credit card and bank statements were examined to figure out where certain monies were coming from, and I signed a loan document for $6 million that I thought was for a house we were building in Los Angeles.ESSENCE.COM: Why would you allow yourself to be placed in the dark on such important personal affairs?
LISARAYE: I don’t expect the readers to understand this lifestyle. This lifestyle that I married into was even new for me and on some other level. Things are done differently on this level, so if you have never been there, you can’t imagine, because some things just can’t be taught. When you are dating or married to a man of Michael’s magnitude, you’re not sitting there paying the water and electric bills. You have business accountants handle that.
If you can stomach it, the rest of the interview is over on essence.com. In four parts no less – serialising like it is a damn soap opera. Fadda…