Rihanna Praises Childish Gambino, Shares What’s Next at Diamond Ball In New York

Following a successful New York Fashion Week runway show of her Savage x Fenty lingerie line on Wednesday night (Sept. 12), Rihanna had one final event to attend. On Thursday, she held her fourth annual Diamond Ball, benefiting her Clara Lionel foundation. 

Guests included performers Childish Gambino and Mustard, host Issa Rae, A$AP Rocky, Normani, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill and Paris Hilton — all of whom walked the carpet ahead of the event. Rihanna herself didn’t arrive on the carpet until 8:52 p.m. — the last to walk, rightfully so.

But still, she was gracious with her time. Wearing a white lace body suit with a full dress overlay, the singer appeared entirely happy and energized by her week: “It’s just my soul. I can’t sit still, I get bored so I have to keep doing something,” she says on the carpet. 

“Something” roughly translates to her Fenty beauty enterprise, a new lingerie line and an album on the way. And while she won’t reveal much, other than that it’s in-the-works, she does say she’s super into Gambino’s sound at the moment. “[He] happens to be one of my favorites,” she tells Billboard. “I’m listening to his music a lot.” Recently, the two were spotted in Havana, Cuba, on set of a rumored upcoming film.

With plenty on her plate already, she still entertains the question of what she might want to tackle next. “Should I tell you?” she teases, before saying, “Maybe furniture.” Though she quickly adds with a laugh, “I need time for that.”

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