Looks like someone's been taking cues from Justin Bieber.
Rihanna was more than four hours late to an appearance at a suburban Chicago high school on Friday … and never even bothered to apologize for her extreme tardiness.
Although the event was set to begin at 1 p.m., the 2500 teens sat crammed inside Barrington High School's gymnasium until the "Stay" singer made her grand entrance well after the clock struck 5 p.m. (Around 4:22 p.m., she tweeted that she was stuck in traffic.)
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When she finally did show, Rihanna gave the kids – winners of a video contest she sponsored – no explanation, just saying, "Thank you guys for coming and waiting." She then said a few more words of gratitude for their charity work, posed for a few photos, and then 16 minutes later, she was back out the door.
Despite Rihanna's rudeness, her young fans were forgiving and reportedly greeted her with ear-piercing shrieks. Still, some others weren't quite convinced. During their four hours of downtime, some constructed signs, like one that read: "90% of life is just showing up! We're talking to you, Rihanna!"
Others expressed their frustration verbally. Patricia Halle, a junior, told the Chicago Tribune, "It's one thing to be fashionably late. This is just rude. Our lives don't revolve around a pop star. Our school worked hard to win this. She should be more respectful.”
Rihanna, 23, did manage to win back some fans though when she gave the school's principal tickets to her Chicago concert that night.
Let’s hope she didn't keep her fans at the United Center waiting as long!
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