Rihanna finds reason to smile (going tubing!) in Barbados after grandmother’s funeral

Kathleen Perricone
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It's been a rough few weeks for Rihanna since the death of her beloved grandmother, but she's finding a reason to smile again. The "Where Have You Been" singer let loose on the water in Barbados with her friends and family on Thursday, boating, tubing — and drinking some beer. Seeing Rihanna have some fun is a welcome sight since she's looked so glum since her grandmother Clara Braithwaite lost her battle with cancer in a New York City hospital last month. After a memorial service in Brooklyn, Rihanna and her family buried GranGranDolly, as she was nicknamed, in their native Barbados on Tuesday.

Rihanna, 24, has paid tribute to her grandmother many times since her death via Twitter. After her boat outing, she wrote, "#grangranDOLLY I know you smiling down on me brightly, I could feel it in the sunshine ‪#1Love forever." Earlier, she tweeted messages like, "Memories don't live like people do ‪#grangranDOLLY," and several family photos.

The "Cheers (Drink to That)" singer definitely deserves some time off to recuperate, especially since she was just named the third richest celebrity under 30, behind Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, according to Forbes magazine. Her albums, concerts, and endorsements deals brought in an estimated $53 million last year. Next year will be busy, too, since she's set to go on tour again.

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