Her childhood on the Caribbean island of Barbados is deeply affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and parent’s rocky marriage, which ends when she’s 14. The shy kid finds an outlet through singing. She lived the life of a normal island girl going to Combermere, a top sixth form school, similar to grammar schools in the UK. Through the years, particularly during her pre-teen and teenage years, she would sing to friends and family only for amusement purposes. Rihanna won a beauty pageant and performed Mariah Carey’s “Hero” in a school talent show.