How Old Is Rihanna?

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How old is Rihanna? Rihanna is 24 years old, which is amazing, considering how ubiquitous the young R&B star has become in pop culture. Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born Feb. 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. Rihanna was just 17 when she released her debut album, “Music of the Sun,” which spawned the smash “Pon de Replay.” Since then, moving from her late teens into her early 20s, Rihanna has released a new album nearly every year. She didn’t drop new product in 2008—though she did offer “Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded,” a reissue of her previous year’s effort—or in 2012, when the 24-year-old was busy appearing in “Battleship”; celebrating the launch of her second fragrance, Rebelle; mourning the loss of her grandmother; and generally freaking people out with her outrageous clothing, behavior, and TMI tweeting.

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At 24, Rihanna is well younger than supposed rival Beyonce, who’s 30 years old, not to mention onetime collaborator Nicki Minaj, who’s 29. She’s also slightly younger than Lady Gaga, who’s 26. Ri has age on her side, but she might still need to watch out for some young up-and-comers. The hotly tipped U.K. singer Rita Ora is just 21, as is the rapper and singer Azealia Banks.

Rihanna is also older than ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, who famously beat her up on the eve of the 2009 Grammys. Brown, born May 5, 1989, is just 23 years old. It’s been rumored that Rihanna wants to get back together with Brown, but if she finds herself in need of an older man, she might consider reconnecting with former fling Drake, who’s 25. The Toronto MC was born Oct. 24, 1986.

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Rihanna once called Madonna her biggest inspiration, and in a way, she’s already outpaced her idol. While it’s taken Rihanna just 24 years to release six studio albums, Madonna didn’t reach that pinnacle until she was 36 years old. Of course, Madge has shown incredible staying power, stringing together a career that’s spanned her early 20s through her mid-50s. Will Rihanna still be popular at 34, 44, or 54?

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