'Freaked' Rihanna goes into hiding to film pop video
After a headline-grabbing, high-profile two days filming in Northern Ireland, it seems Rihanna has suddenly gone shy.
According to security staff, Rihanna was so "freaked" by the attention during her two public appearances here, she threatened to pull the plug on her video shoot unless her space was respected prompting the crew to continue filming in a closed set at the T13 skater park in the Titanic Quarter yesterday.
The park was shut to members of the public and the press, however the Belfast Telegraph saw around a dozen extras sitting on a bus and a trailer filled with clothes - but no sign of Rihanna near the shoot.
It is understood that even the extras were kept in the dark until shortly before production and it was rumoured that the 23 year-old was due to film a fireworks scene last night against the backdrop of the Harland and Wolff cranes.
Yesterday's low-key filming was in stark contrast to Monday and Tuesday, when traffic on the Belfast to Bangor Road was brought to a standstill as Rihanna was filming in a field and up to 1,000 people packed into New Lodge in Belfast to watch her video shoot.
The pop video will accompany her new single We Found Love, with DJ Calvin Harris, the first track to be taken from her new, as yet untitled album, due for release in November.
Rihanna arrived in Belfast at the weekend and is due to go on stage at the Odyssey Arena tonight for the first of three sold-out shows.
The Bajan beauty has been staying at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast, where she has been indulging on fast food from a local chippie and Nandos from where she ordered 22 quarter chickens and accompaniments.
She also sent out for some scented Yankee candles and a beautician to come to the hotel.
Barbadian pop sensation Rihanna appeared on the music scene in 2005 with debut album Music of the Sun. It was after the release of her 2007 album Good Girl Gone Bad (including singles Disturbia and Umbrella) that she became a huge pop sensation. She has since sold more than 20 million albums and 60 million singles worldwide.