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'Kia ora Jacinda!' - Rihanna hits up the Prime Minister on Twitter

"Kia ora @jacindaardern!," she wrote.

"It's been a big year for you & [New Zealand] - congrats!"

The 'Diamonds' singer told Ardern her year could "get even better" if she pledged funds to the Global Partnership for Education.

"I hope you & @MFATgovtNZ agree that educating every child can change the world!" she added.

The organisation is working alongside Rihanna's own charity, the Clara Lionel foundation, to provide education for children in poor countries around the world.

Rihanna ditches billionaire boyfriend - report

The 'Umbrella' singer "grew tired" of the billionaire and "broke his heart", an unnamed source told gossip website MediaTakeOut.

"It was a good relationship, but now it's over. Of course Rihanna broke his heart. That's what she does: break[s] men's hearts," said the source.

Jameel's family has a net worth of NZ$4.2 billion and last year was ranked the 4th richest family in the Arab world, owning the exclusive rights to Toyota car sales in Saudi Arabia.

Rihanna 'stalker' charged after 'breaking into her home'

Eduardo Leon, 27, has been charged with stalking, first-degree residential burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest.

Rihanna was not home at the time of the alleged incident in Los Angeles on 9 May.

Leon, from Fullerton, California, is due to appear at the Foltz Criminal Justice Centre on Monday.

The suspect is accused of hopping a fence and entering a house owned by Rihanna in the Hollywood Hills.

He allegedly spent 12 hours inside the home and was arrested the next day after being discovered by the singer's assistant.

Rihanna accuses Snapchat of 'shaming' domestic violence victims

The singer was the subject of an advert on the platform which asked users if they would "rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".

The ad, which was for a game, appeared to reference Chris Brown's conviction for assaulting Rihanna in 2009 while they were dating.

Snap Inc says the ad "never should have appeared on our service".

Rihanna posted a lengthy comment on an Instagram Story saying she was "trying to figure out what the point was with this mess".

"I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb," she wrote.

Rihanna's YouTube record beaten... by an animated chicken

And the new record holder is Galinha Pintadinha, which translates from Portguegese as 'Little Dappled Chicken', although she is better known as Lottie Dottie Chicken.

The animated Brazilian children's music videos have been translated into Spanish and English and 30 videos have now hit the 100m benchmark.

Rihanna is in second with 29 and Taylor Swift in third with 27, with Justin Bieber (25) and Katy Perry (20) rounding out the top five.

     

Rihanna: 'Transgender people aren't a marketing tool'

The singer was asked by a fan to consider using a trans woman to promote her Fenty Beauty make-up range.

"I've had the pleasure of working with many gifted trans women over the years," she replied, "but I don't go around doing trans castings!"

"I respect all women. Whether they're trans or not is none of my business."

The star went on to criticise firms who hire models from minority groups as a "token" gesture.

"I don't think it's fair that a trans woman, or man, be used as a convenient marketing tool," she said.

Nina Nesbitt returns with Rihanna's backing

It's after Nina's song got sent to the star's management, who said they loved what she'd written.

"Apparently she (Rihanna) said it was beautiful and it gave me a confidence boost. It made me think, 'Maybe I'm alright at this after all.'"

Nina is now back with her first full album in three years.

In that time she's changed record label and has spent a lot of time "hiding away in a little cave in a little studio" like a "gremlin".

Rihanna's Crop Over costume goes viral

The 29-year-old had teased fans by uploading photos of her new turquoise hair on Instagram over the weekend.

But the look was completed on Monday as she stepped out in a jewel-encrusted costume with green and pink feathers. (And not much else).

"We are not worthy," was one of many fan reactions on Twitter.

Rihanna is giving bikes to girls in Malawi to help their education

It's part of a new partnership between the singer's Clara Lionel Foundation and Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo.

The campaign called 1 Km Action will fund scholarships to help hundreds of girls attend secondary schools in Malawi.

Those who qualify for a scholarship will receive bikes to make sure they get to school.

According to the foundation, there are approximately 4.6 million students across Malawi but only 8% of students complete secondary school.

One of the reasons for that is because of the poor transport links.

Lupita Nyong'o on Rihanna buddy film

"You know what's really cool is that people spoke up about the kind of movie they wanna see and this is a great example," the Academy Award-winning actress told "Entertainment Tonight."